Squash is grown in the Southeast in open fields on raised beds covered with plastic tarps. As an industry leader with more than 50 years' experience, TriEst Ag is committed to bringing expertise, innovative solutions, and real field support to help squash growers optimize their yields.
Due to the climate in the Southeast, growers have the ability to produce multiple crops from a single fumigation and tarping. It is common practice for a grower to fumigate once in the spring for a pepper crop, which is followed by a summer cucurbit (squash, cucumber, cantaloupe, watermelon) crop and a late fall or winter cabbage crop before removing the plastic tarp to begin the next fumigation cycle. Squash, cucumber and cabbage are a second or third crop in the production cycle following fumigation.
Soil fumigants are used to suppress populations of harmful pests and pathogens beneath the plastic tarp:
- Parasitic Nematodes
- Weeds (specifically nutsedge)
Soil fumigants are applied two to four weeks before the crop is planted. Formulations can be used on their own or co-applied with other fumigants. One pass and you are done - helping with residue management for erosion control, reduced application costs, lower pounds of active ingredient which can positively affect bufferzone allowances, a shorter plant back window, and broad-spectrum efficacy.
Real Field Results
Treated vs. Untreated
Every grower has a different need. Every grower has a different disease pressure. The prescribed treatment is specified to each scenario.
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We specialize in a well-rounded and complete fertility program designed for tomato & pepper production.
Dry Fertilizer: Ground Control Command
Ground Control Command is a poly-coated dry fertilizer, provided by Haifa, can be customized for any analysis and coated from 1-16 months. It offers a more uniform extended release and leaching protection.
The poly-coated fertilizers release plant nutrients slowly and continuously throughout the growth cycle. A single application of GC-Command controlled release fertilizer will supply optimal levels of nutrients for an extended period of time.
Liquid Fertilizer: Liberty Acres
Liberty Acres Fertilizer fertigation grade liquid fertilizer blends supply all key crop nutrients in a single blend that is compatible and approved for a drip irrigation system.
- Example labels for tomatoes & peppers. These are commonly used blends in the southeast.
- Liberty Acres Fertilizer has a full line of standard blends that can be customized to meet production goals or specific soil needs.
Foliar Nutrition: Tomato Program
(Multimineral, Big 5, Magnesium, Calcium, and Potassium 0-0-24)
Foliar Nutrition: Pepper Program
(CropUp, Magnesium, Calcium, Big 5, and Potassium 0-0-24)
Foliar Nutrition: Metalosate Powered by Albion Technology
Metalosate Powered by Albion Technology uses natural amino acids to chelate the minerals. They are rapidly absorbed, translocated, and metabolized by plants upon application.
- Improves vegetable & fruit production
- Increases quality
- Increases skin firmness and quality
- Longer fruit shelf life