So, there will be no more tomatoes from my house. I guess I'm fortunate that I've gotten as many as I have. With picking them as they just start to ripen (to save them from mousey predation) I've got enough ripening in the house for maybe another 8-10 quarts of sauce. Or maybe I need to do some pints of diced tomatoes since I use those in several recipes. sigh. And just when they were starting to ripen fast enough that the mice weren't able to get to all of them. And my paste tomatoes were just starting to really ripen.
I've never had this problem before out here. I guess, from my research on-line, that it thrives in the type of weather we've been having- very wet and with moderate temps (60-80). We had over 14 inches of rain in August with temps generally in the mid 70s. Definitely NOT typical Iowa August weather!
Again, I'm counting my blessings that I got what I did before this hit, unlike many in the Northeast. But it is a great disappointment.