Gar Tootelian: Putting Ag Technology to the Test
In California’s Central Valley, a diverse crop market in which Pest Control Advisors (PCAs) are the dominant players when it comes to agronomic recommendations, a significant opportunity exists for agronomic retailers to thoroughly test precision technology, writes Paul Schrimpf on PrecisionAg.com.
Keith Hennesay, Manager of the GAR Agronomy team, part of retailer Gar Tootelian Inc. in Reedley, CA, heads an 11-member team with a keen focus on analyzing precision technology. Hennesay works with GAR’s 35-plus PCAs and producer customers on incorporating this technology into growing regimens.
GAR has the benefit and struggle of managing arguably the most diverse crop production mixes in the country from its headquarters in the Central Valley. Corn, soybeans, and cotton intermingle with permanent fruit and nut acreage, vineyards, and high-value vegetables and fruits within the valley. The challenge of increasing regulations continuously bends and changes the rules of engagement, in particular when it comes to water efficiency and pest control strategies.