Initially thought to be poisonous, Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum), are a flowering plant of the nightshade family (Solanaceae). They are cultivated extensively today for their edible fruits. Tomatoes grow best in full sun and nutrient rich soils. The top US states based on tomato production for fresh market usage are California and Florida but are common among home gardeners all over.
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 range of forms, from diseases, to insects, to invasive weeds. 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 of time for best results. Nu-Film-P® is an organic compliant adjuvant that is uniquely formulated to be combined with pesticides requiring 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® P is a superior deposition, spreader, and sticker 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 such as those 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.
Blossom End Rot
This nutritional disorder typically occurs when plants are growing rapidly, and the first fruits are developing. As fruit cells breakdown due to a lack of calcium, dark blemishes appear on the blossom-end of affected fruits. These may enlarge until the entire bottom of the fruit becomes dark, shrunken, and leathery. Blossom-end rot is a common nutritional deficiency caused by a lack of calcium in rapidly growing fruits or vegetables. Calcium is constantly taken up by roots, but it is first transported to growing points within the plant. Cell Force® provides a necessary boost of rapidly available calcium, potentially improving fruit quality and mitigating the risk of blossom-end rot.
Cell Force 3-0-0
Cell Force is a liquid specialty fertilizer that is powered by S.M.A.R.T.
Sunlight, while a necessary part of photosynthesis and healthy plant growth, can also have damaging effects on crop quality. When crop canopies are suddenly opened, sometimes because of disease or harvesting practices, exposed fruit can be damaged by sun scald. Reflections® can not only serve as a calcium supplement, but also a reflectant. This allows for reduced rates of sun damage and a protection of the quality of fruit harvested.
Reflections® is a blend of calcium acetate and calcium carbonate that provides 30% calcium in a soluble form.