St. Louis-based Monsanto has released the Dixie Red hybrid tomato variety that has larger fruit, better disease resistance and higher yield potentials compared to Florida 47, an industry standard.

The variety, which was released under Monsanto's Seminis vegetable seed brand, has high resistance to tomato spotted wilt virus, Alternaria stem canker, Fusarium wilt, gray leaf spot and Verticillium wilt, according to a news release.

Dixie Red matures in 87 days, has intermediate resistance to root-knot nematodes, has hot set capabilities, and can be harvested green or red and still maintain firmness.

Seed will initially be available in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. It is designed for the main growing seasons in those states as well as the fall season in Florida.

Monsanto plans to make the variety available throughout the Northeast next year.