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Wendy M. from Hervey Bay, Australia
I'll describe some solutions for both cracks and grubs/worms and leave it up to you to try to determine exactly what is going on.
Eventually it becomes rotted and hollow and collapses like a deflated balloon. Handpicking adult caterpillars and covering your plants with netting or floating row covers to prevent adult moths from laying eggs will help prevent infestations.
If you are a smoker, that could be the reason the leaves of your tomatoe plants are yellow.
Even a little nicotine on the plants could harm them. Use gloves, or wash your hands well before handling the plants and don't smoke around them in the garden. I had real bad luck with tomatoes when I was smoking, and absolutely none after I quit.
There may be a little too much water if they are splitting, and the grubs can be getting in there, then. I also plant an onion bulb and a marigold with each tomato plant, which keeps lots of bugs away. I use "Seven" on my plants when bugs do find them. Perhaps there is the equivilant to that in Australia. I don't use much of anything if I can help it, and that is the least harmful to mammals. Hope this helps.
Once I heard that the ultimate act of faith is to plant a seed. Good luck and God bless.
It would take much, much more nicotine than the small residue left on a couple of fingers to affect a ripening tomato. My grandparents farmed all of their lives, both dipped snuff and they had the most beautiful garden you've ever seen, tomatoes included. It's far more likely that it's a combination of getting too dry then too wet, too much direct sun when the plants are young and tender, and/or poor soil conditions. Tomatoes love fertile soil.
When I worked for an organic farmer, he did not let his tobacco smoking workers near his tomatoes. I worked on transplanting hundreds of them since I did not smoke! So I beg to differ.