Serving Central Valley Growers Since 1949

CROP NUTRITION

Custom Tailored Programs: Every grower has specific requirements based on the water quality, soil type, elevation, exposure, crop type, and so on that necessitates custom applications and custom blends for their crop & area of application.

WHAT CAN WE OFFER?

The individual needs of each grower are as varied as the grower themselves. With that said, the health of the human body and the health of soil, water and plants have many similarities. The manner in which a health care provider uses labs, tests, reports and input from professionals to evaluate each patient individually is precisely the same as a farmer involved in growing food or resources for the world.

We are your soil, water, and plant professionals who have solutions to varied crop health needs, as well as the ability to narrow specific needs to the square foot per acre if desired. Your Gar Tootelian Professional is available to assist you in finding the answers to your crops diverse needs.

TESTING

One way soil, water and plants are analyzed is through a small sample taken from a soil, water or plant source. The collected sample is sent to a professional lab, where the results are generated and a written report is induced and presented to the Gar Tootelian professional for interpretation and recommendation of action for optimum ending results.

ALL THIS INFORMATION NOW WHAT?

Upon completion of one or all of the suggested testing options, the Gar Tootelian professional can utilize the ability of the new epic and highly innovative custom fertilizer blending facility. This allows the agronomist to spearhead progressive and multifarious programs to fit within the guidelines of the test results. The innovative custom blending facility creates the ability to custom blend according to diverse areas of need, application, preference and budget.

SOIL TESTING

The pH of the soil has an influence on the amount of nutrients that are available to the crop. Alkali soils range from pH 7.5 and higher, tending to reduce the availability of zinc, iron, copper, manganese and phosphorous. Acidic soils that range from a pH of 6.0 and below tend to reduce the availability potassium, calcium and eventually phosphorous. Many crops prefer neutral soil with a pH range of 6.5 – 7.2 with a few exceptions. Soil micro organisms assist in the break down and conversion of available nutrients. Many micro organisms are dependent on the soil pH as well as other environmental factors. Micro organisms prefer an anaerobic soil pH range of 6.5 – 7.0 if the anaerobic conditions are not met, limitations are created in the availability of the nutritional uptake in the soil.

WATER TESTING

Water testing is very similar to soil testing in that the sample is collected and submitted to the lab. Within the water analysis factors such as the pH balance of the water, the amount of nitrogen being applied and what minerals the crop and soil are taking in are evaluated and studied. For instance some minerals are good, some bad; too high of bicarbonates will reduce the amount of nutrient uptake to the plant, both of which need evaluation and assistance to thrive.

NUTRIENT APPLICATION

Nutrient applications are designed to meet the needs of the soil and plants at a precise time. Proper timing of fertilizer application to the soil and plant will collaborate with each in receiving the optimum amount of nutrients. Oftentimes plants require an array of nutrients to be applied to maintain and sustain general crop health and replace soil nutrients that have been lost. Proper timing and application of nutrients can enhance the genetic potential of the plant to produce the highest quality crop. For instance, potassium can be applied close to harvest to amplify sugar and quality. Other nutrients can be spoon fed over the growing season to promote the general crop and build a reserve of nutrients.

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