Great intel Bob.
This is my first year growing Big Beef and I am so impressed! The fruit is great tasting, nearly all are perfectly globe shaped, and my single plant produced a number I only wished I had kept track of. Big Beef will be in my garden forever if they do this every year
By contrast, Big Boy was a disappointment for me anyway and so I won't plant that one again.
I have Brandywine Sudduth strain also for the first time and while it was a good enough tasting tomato, it seemed prone to splits and was not nearly as productive as the Neves Azorean Red. NAR is another one that I wish I'd troubled myself to count or weigh the harvest, but man do they produce.
Every year I plant San Marzano and this year I planted five which was a mistake because they are all paste tomato machines
I've tried all I can to figure out Blossom End Rot on these longer shaped tomatoes (adding calcium etc, as it's apparently a calcium uptake problem) but I get some every year with them. They out grow it fairly soon in the season and are good to go after that, but early forming toms that are infected are tossed ASAP and I bet I tossed 25 per plant. Sounds like a lot but it's not.
Here's a shot of some SM's we're going to work up today.
Here is the latest Neves Azorean Red I picked a few days ago on a regular size plate.
It tipped the scale at 1.10.3
I'll only plant one cherry tom next year, we had Sugary, Sun Gold & Sun Sugar this year. Sugary was a red longer style that was nothing special at all, and both Sun Gold and Sun Sugar crack a ton. I plant them mostly for the grand kids so I'll probably only keep planting Sun Sugar going forward. One plant seems to be enough for everyone.