At Total Grower Services we have extensive experience in papaya agronomy with our aim being to increase yield and fruit quality. Our expertise in integrated crop management and soil nutrition gives papaya growers whole system benefits.
Our successes in papaya and paw paw agronomy are at the forefront of the North Queensland papaya industry, with our agronomists' advanced methodologies being implemented across farms in the region.
We use integrated approaches - integrated pest management, soil health and mineral balancing, all as part of our sustainable approach to papaya crop production and profits for growers.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Where possible we use Integrated Pest Management. We always look for the most progressive, cost effective and helpful ways of managing pests – away from just calendar spray programs.
Building up beneficial insects in papaya plantations is highly effective. When a pest comes in, if the number of beneficial insects is well established, the pest is more likely to be controlled by the beneficials.
An environment where beneficial insects are well established is more likely to have lower pest pressure and therefore improved fruit returns for growers.
In papaya crops we pay significant attention to nutrient availability through soil health and biological inputs. The use of Petrik Soil Technology inoculants has transformed the results we get. Digestor and its activator Green Manure Plus, are core in papaya and other tropical fruit plantations, with benefits in soil structure, water infiltration and rooting depth and mass – right through to plant robustness and fruit quality.
Soil inoculants support the work of IPM. When the plant gets its nutrition from its own plant driven fertile system, less nitrogen and other inputs that attract pests are in the system. Through the use of biology we can maintain peak productivity with lower nitrogen inputs that are known to light up pest activity.
Phosphorus availability is highly linked to proliferation of specific phosphorous solubilising biology. When phosphorous is supplied to the plant via this mechanism the supply of phosphorus becomes plant driven, meaning nutrient supply increases at the stages the plant demands it.
As an agronomy business we have extensive experience in reducing insecticide usage through integrated approaches. In papaya plantations we have highly productive crops that are using little insecticide - some completely free of them. The changes have been dramatic and are driving productivity increases.
Papayas are highly responsive to integrated approaches. You can implement as much or as little of our approach as you want.
We can provide full agronomic surveys utilising our Papaya Crop Management software or we can supply just the beneficial insects, or just the soil health component. We work with your current system and across all soil types.
The Papaya Species
Consumers are often confused about the difference between Papaya, Paw Paw and Green Papaya. They are actually all part of the same species - Carica Papaya, however each tastes and looks quite different.
- The red-fleshed fruit that is sweet is called red papaya.
- The yellow-fleshed fruit is called paw paw.
- The green papaya is papaya that has been picked early before ripeness.
TGS Agronomy Locations
South East Queensland