Potato School On Demand

The 3rd annual TriCal Group Potato School was a success! We hope you were able to attend the live event...
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Potato School On Demand

Tree & Vine School Re-Cap

The first annual TriCal Group Tree and Vine School was a success. If you were able to attend the day...
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Tree & Vine School Re-Cap

Potato School Coming December 13

Register Now for: POTATO SCHOOLTuesday, December 13, Register online:Potato School - Eventbrite It is FREE and will be a VIRTUAL ONLINE EVENT.Come join...
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Potato School Coming December 13

Part II: A Deeper Look into Grafted Watermelon Production and Management

In our last blog post we took a deeper look into grafted watermelon production and management by reviewing a 2020...
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Part II: A Deeper Look into Grafted Watermelon Production and Management

A Deeper Look into Grafted Watermelon Production and Management

In our last blog we went over the obstacles that growers face in watermelon production and their potential solutions. In...
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A Deeper Look into Grafted Watermelon Production and Management

Overcoming Obstacles in Watermelon Production

Sustainable crop production is a complex issue that every farmer faces each season. All crops present their own challenges and...
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Overcoming Obstacles in Watermelon Production

PUBLISHED IN SPUDSMART: 4 NEW ARTICLES

I’ve been busy writing up some of the great work being done to support farmers with disease suppression, yield increases,...
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PUBLISHED IN SPUDSMART: 4 NEW ARTICLES

Ag News | By TriEst Ag.

  • Potato School On Demand
    The 3rd annual TriCal Group Potato School was a success! We hope you were able to attend the live event that happened on Tuesday, December 13th and interact with our amazing lineup of speakers. If you weren’t able to attend or would like to revisit some of the great content from the school you can […]
  • Tree & Vine School Re-Cap
    The first annual TriCal Group Tree and Vine School was a success. If you were able to attend the day of the event, Thursday – November 10th, we thank you! If you weren’t able to attend, then you can still check out all of the great speaker presentations. The presentations are available on demand now. […]
  • Potato School Coming December 13
    Register Now for: POTATO SCHOOLTuesday, December 13, Register online:Potato School – Eventbrite It is FREE and will be a VIRTUAL ONLINE EVENT.Come join us for a robust day of learning and discussion. We have an excellent line-up of speakers planned. Who you will hear and what you will learn: Dr. Steve Culman Washington State University’s Soil Health Endowed […]
  • Part II: A Deeper Look into Grafted Watermelon Production and Management
    In our last blog post we took a deeper look into grafted watermelon production and management by reviewing a 2020 watermelon trial in central North Carolina. In this post we want take you through year 2 results and our findings. The key focus points of the trial were increasing yields and maturity window of grafted […]
  • A Deeper Look into Grafted Watermelon Production and Management
    In our last blog we went over the obstacles that growers face in watermelon production and their potential solutions. In this blog and video presentation we will take a deeper dive into why we recommend grafted plants and fumigation as potential solutions to obstacles in watermelon production. Before we get into the first broad study […]

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Meet the authors.

Chad Hutchinson

Chad Hutchinson is the Global Director of Potato Research and Market Support for TriEst Ag and its umbrella company, the TriCal Group. He received his degree in Plant Physiology/Horticulture from Purdue University in 1997. Chad was on the faculty of the University of Florida and the state potato specialist for ten years. He has worked with potato producers around the world on topics ranging from variety selection, crop nutrition, soil health, and soil disease suppression helping potato farmers be successful. He is recognized by his peers for his knowledge of crop production and soil fumigation practices and their influence on potato crop yield and quality. Chad is a regular invited speaker globally on topics related to soil fumigation, soil health, and potato crop production.


Joshua Mays

Joshua Mays serves as the Corporate Agronomist for TriEst Ag Group. He focuses on providing sales and product support through agronomic research, crop production systems development, and soil fertility practices. Josh has worked predominately with commodity and specialty crop production in North Carolina. He was previously employed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as a Regional Agronomist, focusing on crop fertility programs and soil/tissue analysis. His background includes working closely with growers to incorporate hemp into their portfolios, building the agronomic program and providing in-the-field education and support. He has also developed research protocols and managed farm projects in peaches, strawberries, blueberries, caneberries and traditional row crops. Josh began his career in agriculture as the Owner/Operator of Full Circle Agronomics, a crop consulting business that specialized in variable rate fertility programs and integrated pest management. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Agricultural Education & Professional Service from North Carolina A&T State University. He also holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Turfgrass Management from North Carolina State University.