Orange plants are part of the genus Citrus, which contains all citrus trees—oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, hybrids—that are interfertile. Growing typically in tropical and subtropical regions, countries such as Brazil and the United States are some of the top producers. There are four distinct groups of sweet oranges including round oranges (most economically significant), navel oranges, blood oranges, and acid-less oranges. Within the United States, Florida is the top producing juicing state for oranges while California is the top producer for fresh consumption.
Fruit set is categorized as the critical transition period shortly after fertilization as plant processes switch over to fruit formation and growth. A successful fruit set is integral to a healthy crop at harvest. This process can be improved with the addition of Cytokin® at key timings. Cytokin® contains plant growth hormones responsible for cell division, cell enlargement, and various other plant growth functions. The nature-based plant growth regulator effects help to maximize conditions necessary for fruit set and early fruit development.
Cytokin® is a plant- based EPA registered plant growth regulator designed to increase crop production efficiency.
Residual Pesticide Applications
Environmental pests come in a wide variety of forms including, diseases, insects, invasive weeds and more. The methods for controlling these pests vary as well. Some solutions require a pesticide to remain active and in contact with the leaf surface for an extended period for best results. Nu-Film-17® is uniquely formulated to be combined with pesticides that require residual activity on the leaf or fruit surface. These include contact or ingestion-based pesticides that have direct activity on the target pests.
Nu-Film-17® is a superior deposition, sticker, and extender adjuvant with non-ionic properties based on proprietary Miller technology containing Pinolene.
Systemic Pesticide Applications
Plant health can be negatively impacted by pests in the environment in several different ways. Each of these potential pests also require their own unique solution for control. Exit® has been purposefully formulated to be combined with pesticides that depend upon rapid uptake and translocation of the active ingredient. Pesticides with systemic or translaminar activity, as well as those with hormonal or plant growth regulator effects, are particularly well suited for tank mixing with Exit®. The unique ability to increase the speed at which translocation occurs is what defines Exit®.
Exit® is an activator-adjuvant comprising a blend of premium-quality esterified seed oil with a proprietary surfactant and humectant system.
Environmental or abiotic stress has the potential to negatively impact plant health, productivity, crop quality and yield. With the unique formulation of Fertigard®, these abiotic stressors can be potentially mitigated via a multifaceted approach to plant health. Water retention, overall plant metabolism, as well as general plant recovery can be improved with the addition of Fertigard®. By managing abiotic stress effects, yield losses can be minimized. The best effects are observed when applied prior to stressful conditions.
Fertigard™ 2-41-27 is a unique blend that contains soluble phosphate and phosphite for crops that experience plant stress during key physiological periods and demand superior efficiency and response.
Fruit Sizing and Development
Fruit development is an exceptionally important and nutritionally taxing period for plants. Potassium is a critical nutrient at this time as it is responsible for translocation of proteins and sugars, water balance in plants, production of ATP, root development, improving quality of the fruits by maintaining desirable sugar to acid ratio, ripening of fruit and many other processes. Sugar Express® serves as an ideal nutritional choice at this critical time to provide critical nutritional needs at key timings. The addition of Calcium Chelate at this time can also assist in improving development and fruit firmness through the strengthening of cellular structure.
Sugar Express® 4-10-40 is a highly refined fertilizer with the appropriate ratio of phosphorus and potassium designed to be used close to harvest.
Cold weather poses several serious threats to plant tissues that are not adapted to survive it for long periods of time. Vapor Gard® can assist in the mitigation of some cold weather effects, such as desiccation. Once applied, Vapor Gard forms a thin, microscopic film over the plant surface. This helps to lock in moisture and assists in the prevention of cold desiccation effects on sensitive plant tissue.
Vapor Gard® is a Pinolene® based product for use on specialty crops as a full-coverage spray to reduce water evapotranspiration.