AGQ Labs attended the 71st California Tomato Growers Association Annual Meeting & Exhibit at the Double Tree Hotel in Modesto on last January, 24th
The California Tomato Growers Association (CTGA) was formed in 1947 as a service association for growers of processing tomatoes. Its primary functions were to recruit field labor for tomato growers, set price rates for workers and hire attorneys to advise growers on the Bracero farm worker program. Today, the CTGA is involved in every phase of the state’s processing tomato industry, from establishing a fair price to involvement with international trade and assisting growers with all aspects of their production and marketing.
The CTGA is an association of California processing tomato growers that provides economic, public policy and business leadership for the benefit of growers and the industry. The Association represents grower interests through services to its members including bargaining, communications and advocacy to ensure the stability, viability and prosperity of the industry.
You can find more information about the California Tomato Growers Association here.
Our Agronomy Director, Kenny Lam and his team met with many CAPCA members and other agribusiness professionals to explain the solutions AGQ Labs can provide as a Control Laboratory and Technological Center.
It was a good opportunity to give more details about the services provided by AGQ Labs USA, although 3 were the main topics:
1. Cell Wall Calcium: this analysis is a diagnostic tool for evaluating quality parameters related to the appearance and market life of the product. AGQ Labs has developed a state-of-the-art analysis of the Cell Wall Calcium fraction in fruit, a good tool for diagnosing alterations in pre- and post-harvest quality.
2. Soil Factory Lab: a new approach to laboratory analysis for agricultural soils. Our high-tech equipment and production design allows us to offer the best response times and the most competitive pricing on the market. Soil Factory Lab combines our extensive experience and training in agricultural soil analysis with the most advanced laboratory equipment for total automation of the analytical processes needed.
3. Crop Nutritional Monitoring: AGQ Labs has been monitoring and evaluating the chemical needs of crops for over 20 years and we have helped clients around the world increase crop production, improve product quality and size, optimize fertilizer and water usage, control salinity and establish zero pesticide leaching methods. AGQ Labs has developed an internal proprietary procedure for crop nutritional monitoring and control that is based on the analysis of soil solutions that are extracted by AGQ Labs’ patented suction lysimeter probes. AGQ Labs’ Crop Nutritional Monitoring Program is based on the comprehensive control of the Soil-Plant-Water system.
AGQ Labs has differentiated itself from other laboratories by using state-of-the-art instruments to perform services rapidly, accurately, and cost effectively for customer needs. Through our international and accredited network of laboratories and R&D and consulting services, we get to the root of the problem by finding the most reliable, sustainable, and valuable solution.
Please contact us for further information and visit our Agronomy section here.