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well here is what I understand about tomatoes and problems with the plants....from info I have collected over the many many many years of gardening....
blight is a fundal disease. usually the leaves cna have dark brown spots and sometimes rings around the dark spots. kind of like a bulls eye. If it is this, remove the damaged leaves.
verticillium wilt or fusarium are fungi in the soil-which then goes into the tomato plant, into the stem and turns the stem area brown, it is kinda like blocked arteries, as it does not allow the leaves to receive the 'feeding' it needs to keep alive.
If it is this, remove the plant and destroy it, do not add it to the compost pile though as it can spread..it does live in the soil after all.... then it is suggested that you avoid growing anything in that area for about 3 years. I have found that if you do this to an area that is affected, the first year I am not growing anything in that area, I also place plastic over the area and try to 'sterilize the area'. I am not sure if that is the best to do or not, but I do it anyway.
hope this helps some ...
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