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Tomato stem rotts away - what to do?

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Hi everyone,

my name is Chris. I haven't been very active on the forums so far but a huge fan of Paul, his project and everything it entails. Today however I am in the need some crowd wisdom. I had some fifteen tomato plants growing in grow bags on my balcony. One by one they are being taken down by some dark power. By this morning yet another plant has been the target of whatever haunts the grounds outside my living room window, bringing the toll to eight victims within 2 weeks. All plants were looking mighty fine and strong when I transplanted them from yoghurt cups to the 5 gal. grow bags. They were put into tubs which had about an 1 ½" of water standing, so bottom fed. On top I put a layer of wood chip mulch. The earth itself was a mix of coconut coir, aged horse manure, worm castings and some horn shavings. All bags contain the same mix. Any idea what has gotten to them how to prevent it from taking a shot on the remaining bunch?
One thing to add maybe, the bags have always been moist. From the lower parts which were submerged in water 1 ½" right up until underneath the mulch layer. Could overwatering be a factor?
I added some pictures that show, that the root and adjacent stem look ok as well as the upper part of the plant. Something has gotten in in the middle somehow...

Thanks in advance

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