Vegetables

Curcurbits

In a competitive market achieving optimal quality of crops such as protected cucumbers, courgette, squashes and pumpkin is challenging. There is very little margin to absorb any financial loss resulting from pest or pathogen reduction in crop yield or produce quality.

Growers must retain very close control of all aspects of production to ensure that costs are minimized and marketable yield is maximized. Whether it is to maximise flower number, colour and uniformity or to support key processes such as general crop health, or protecting against harmful and limiting stresses.
Engage has many years of experience in nutrition across the world and has developed a number of innovative products aimed at targeting key nutrient periods to keep crops healthy, so growth is of the highest quality.

Below highlights products that will aid growers in growing quality stock, maximising a plants genetic potential

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Top products for Curcurbits

Aqualatus

Aqualatus (also known as Integrate) is a unique soil surfactant with outstanding qualities to benefit soil nutrition. Its formula, unique to Engage, makes it essential for the maximum distribution of root applied nutrients to aid root functions and nutrient uptake. Most importantly regular use of Aqualatus will slow the natural gravitational movement of water and nuttients includsing nitrates. so will reduce the overall requirement for soil grown crops. In trials this level has been proven to be up to 65% on Curcurbits, without any loss of crop development, yield and quality.

Fortify Cu

Fortify Cu (7-16-0+1.5% Cu) is a unique formulation of nitrogen phosphorus, copper and halide ions which complement each other to support plant growth, support crop health and reduce yield loss. With programmed application Fortify Cu will aid vascular flow, support root growth, maintain established yield and reduce susceptibility to disease infection.

Bio-Chel Ca

The worlds most concentrated calcium chelate, Bio-chel Ca is completely organically formulated from a sustainable, renewable resource and is 100% pure available calcium.
Being 100% calcium and organic means its acceptance by plants could not be higher so application efficacy is ensured. Also due to the strong organic chelation of Bio-Chel Ca is non-reactive making is ideal for application within all nutrient and foliar plant protection products. Bio-Chel contains natural surface active compounds which breakdown surface tension of water allowing even distribution across the leaf surface removing the need for adjuvants in sprays where Bio-Chel Ca is used.

MAS-Power B+Mo

MAS-Power B+Mo A balanced formulation, which maximises boron nutrient use efficiency. A proprietary formulation which breaks away from traditional, single element products, and provides a complete support package required by the plant. Provides a superior boron delivery system which addresses plant health and abiotic stresses as well as maximising the yield potential of the crop. Improves the quality of the spray tank environment resulting in good chemical compatibility and improved availability of select products. Contains molybdenum which is commonly associated with boron.

Sion

The overuse of inorganic fertilisers and pesticides has massively reduced soil biology to the point where the need for silicon nutrition has established. Plants only take up one specific form of silicon which is silicic acid. Engage developed the use of a new form of stabilised silicic acid and this is Sion.

At 21% Silicon, Sion is highest available liquid silicon in the world and delivers silicon at such high levels its use rate is only required 0.25-1.0L per hectare. In curcurbits using Sion regularly will support the optimal growth to strengthen all plant tissues to reduce susceptibility to any stress and redcue susceptability from pathogen infection, espcially powdery mildew and reduce damage from insect predation.

VerdeNT

VerdeNT is a unique nitrogen and calcium formulation combined with Arm U advanced and MAS technologies specifically designed to manage crop structure to enhance yield and quality. The nitrogen within VerdeNT is slow released by the Arm U advanced technology which for foliar use means the nitrogen is absorbed as amine which makes its use by curcurbits very different. Unlike nitrate nitrogen foliar fertiliser VerdeNT does not stimulate auxin production which promotes longer, weaker internodes and diverts calcium away from developing fruits. Growth is more compact and stronger, calcium is used more efficiently to enhance leaf and flower strength, leaf thickness and higher quality fruits.

Brix-Builder

An organic crop support aid ideal for use on root crops especially during root expansion and maturation. Brix-Builder is a combination of naturally occurring biostimulant materials designed to aid specific stages of crop growth. It is rich in alginates, organic chelating agents, natural plant sugars, amino acids, polypeptides, vitamins and naturally occurring cytokinins.

It will maximise any growth process by adding and stimulating carbohydrate production and mobility. Brix-Builder in curcurbits will increase sugar levels and taproot size if applied during the expansion period and will aid growth during periods of poor weather. Later applications during fruit maturation will increase brix levels leading up-to harvest.

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