Agronomy / Horticulture

Agronomy / Horticulture Overview

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What Does It Mean…

Agronomy

That area of agriculture dealing with field crop production, soil sciences, plant physiology, plant breeding, weed control, technical research, and environmental impact.

Horticulture

That area of agriculture dealing with fruit, vegetable, tree, flower, and plant cultivation, production, and/or propagation.

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Broad-based agricultural experience and a global network of scientific knowledge equips VisionLogic to face your challenge, ask key questions, pole world experts, weigh technical findings, and bring targeted solutions to your door. If you are looking for answers…contact VisionLogic today!

 

Perspective – Agronomist / Horticulturalist

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As both an agronomist and horticulturalist…I find myself immersed in technical problem-solving much of the time. With agronomy’s focus being more on field crops, soils, physiology, pathology, breeding, weeds, research, and environmental impact…there is never a dull moment in my quest for common sense solution.

Horticulture on the other hand, with its primary thrust dealing with fruit, vegetable, tree, flower, and plant production…calls me deeper into my family’s four generations engaged in rural agriculture and commercial fruit packing. As a kid, I played in the dirt, chased butterflies, and marveled at Grandpa’s big red apples. Later, I found dirt running through my veins, mechanical things a point of intrigue, and the challenge of doing the impossible…unquenchable as growing things became a love affair for me.

   

Plant Performance - Troubleshooting

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All plants have optimal levels at which they grow when paired with right soils, ample water, good weather, and sound technique. Yet, many plants fall prey to poor conditions, disease, drought, neglect, and other factors detrimental to growth potential.

Everyone enjoys that lush green field packed with plant ranks standing at attention like soldiers in line. However, we all know what it’s like to crest the next hill and be confronted by the next piece of ground covered with tattered, yellow, or otherwise struggling plants.

   

Plant Physiology & Pathology

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Plant Physiology

Plant physiology is the study of plant cells, tissues, and function including photosynthesis, respiration, plant nutrition, hormone function, photoperiodism (day length), environmental stress, seed germination, dormancy, stomata (leaf openings) function, and transpiration (plant moisture transfer) as they relate to plant/water interaction.

   

Disease – Pathogen Identification

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Disease

Any host cell or tissue malfunction resulting from continuous irritation by a pathogenic agent or environmental factor leading to symptom development.

Pathogen

A entity or agent capable of causing disease.

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Though challenging, disease and pathogen identification remain one of VisionLogic’s most successful pursuits!  If you have sought input from other troubleshooters ending without solution…contact VisionLogic today!

They will find the cause, help you understand, and deliver a solution that works…fast!

   

Crop Assessment & Selection

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Taking time to research crop type and suitability to certain geographical, elevation, soil, and climactic conditions is essential to success.  Simply spinning your globe tracing  latitude elsewhere on earth is no assurance that local plants will perform where the globe stops and your finger lands.

Careful crop assessment and selection digs for information, learns from locals, looks at yield, polls processors, compares costs, and avoids learning the hard way.

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If you are interested in planting new crop selections and are not sure what decision to make…call VisionLogic for prompt professional crop input today!

   

Tree Fruit Production

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Commercial tree fruit production grows ever-more demanding each day!  Per acre tree densities have risen from 80 to more than 3,000 over the past 50 years.  Likewise, older larger modified vase trees have given way to newer central leader, French axe, tatura, mini-v, and super spindle training systems.

As per acre tree densities and modern training systems replaced older methods, a parallel industry shift took place as multi-national conglomerates and larger grower-packers arrived on the scene to engulf local family farms.  As a result, agriculture changed from lifestyle farming to what we know as agri-management today.  Where family’s once raised kids free to climb trees and drive tractors at early age…corporate farm housing projects cover rural memories with dust.

   

Plant & Nursery Production

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Quality plant production is an exacting science applied to plant performance variables. 
Many factors like location, soil, clonal rootstock, tissue culture, plant nutrition, hormones, regulators, advanced irrigation, mechanization, chemical controls, methods of propagation, and grower needs affect final result.  Despite myriad production options and advances…diligent observation, practical management, precise timing, ongoing research, commitment to quality, and passion to grow the best remain core elements of success.

   

Integrated Pest Management

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What Approach?

Anyone can go in with the annihilation theory to control unwanted insect, microorganism, or pathogenic pests.  But, is this approach best for your specific growing environment, plants, or business objectives?  In many cases…integrated pest management offers a better option as it uses refined control methods to manage natural pest – predator interaction to achieve safe sustainable pest-to-predator balance.

   

Chemicals / Cost Efficiency

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The world of agricultural and industrial chemicals has grown far more specialized in the past 20 years.  Broad spectrum pesticides have been replaced with softer more narrowly-focused chemistry, that encourage integrated pest control without upsetting natural balance.

Likewise, industrial chemicals previously comprised of more volatile molecular, metabolic, or neurotoxic elements have been replaced by less aggressive formulations.  As chemical composition weakens and grows more specialized, use-spectrum narrows in exchange for more consumer friendly products.

   

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