Agrichemical West, June 1963
Growers were battling crop-crippling pathogens without much defense. Storkan was a chemical engineer who had worked for a pest control operator, while McCaslin had majored in entomology and Hanes had majored in plant pathology. Both McCaslin and Hanes had worked for the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner’s office. They knew what the grower was up against and were inspired to engineer a solution. They teamed up and brought together 20 years experience in the science of soil fumigation.
What started with trial-and-error hand-drilling procedures, evolved into precise methods that pleased growers. Advances in chemical mixtures along with application followed by tarping, is largely credited to founder Richard Storkan in conjunction with Dr. Stephen Wilhelm, Plant Pathologist, of the University of California at Berkeley. This fumigation process proved invaluable in helping restore the productivity of soil plagued by diseases such as Verticillium wilt. TriCal helped bring strawberry production back to grounds that had been labeled “worn out.” The company was off and running.
TriCal then and TriCal now has played a leading role in new methods of crop protection. The goal has always been balancing performance so growers can keep their farms, safety for the workers at the farms and doing field fumigations, and working with the DPR and EPA to help protect our environment. It’s not easy, but it is necessary. We know this business, we know the chemicals, we know what works, we know the regulations, we have the expertise, we have been doing it a long time, and we do this worldwide through the TriCal group of companies. We are passionate about agriculture, growers, and the safe, proper treatment of infested land to ensure a bounty of healthy, affordable food for our growing population.
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