A staple in diets around the world, the potato is grown in over 125 different countries and in all 50 states within the US. It is believed that potatoes were first cultivated in South America and brought to Europe by Spanish explorers. A member of the nightshade family, Solanum tuberosum, or potatoes, come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes.
Potatoes are underground tubers that grow on the roots of the plant, Solanum tuberosum. Potatoes are from the nightshade family and related to tomatoes and tobacco. Today potatoes are grown in all 50 states of the US and in about 125 countries throughout the world. In October 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space.
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.
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® anti-transpirant and anti-desiccant is a Pinolene® terpene polymer based product for use on specialty crops as a full-coverage spray to reduce water evapotranspiration.
Root secretions known as carboxylates are exuded from a plant root system as a function of cell division occurring. The exudates of most significance are typically found to be deficient in the soil, leading to a tie up of key nutrients such as phosphorus, iron, calcium, manganese, and zinc in the soil. The addition of C.A.L.F.A.® aids in this conversion of nutrients to plant available forms during critical growth periods, preventing deficiencies that may impact crop yield and quality.
C.A.L.F.A.® is a proprietary blend of 40% nature-based carboxylic acid solution designed to release soil nutrients into plant available forms during critical plant growth and development stages.