In an previous article, one of our readers asked in the comments section about "pre-emergent selective chemical herbicides for weed control for the cultivation of the agave, or the one that affects the crop the least, as well as of a fungicide to prevent or control fusarium". It seemed to us such a pertinent question, that we decided to give it an answer as a blog post, so that it remains at hand for any other reader who may have the same question.
As a comment to a previous blog, one of our readers asked questions about crop management. Sauza loves communicating with its readers so we are more than happy to give an answer to their questions. Here are our answers to this comment:
In a previous blog, I talked about handling pagues and diseases in the agave plant. I will elaborate a little more about this topic on this blog.
The plantation of the agave is the activity that gives a start to the different cycles of challenges and satisfactions of the production of tequila.
Traditionally, the agave is planted manually, wether it's conventional or micropropagated agave. Yet, although it is a noble labor, it is truly draining to do it this way, since the worker has to bend over the field during the whole day in order to work on it for the plantation of the agave. This position is clearly not so ergonomic and it is definitely very exhausting.
Innovation has always been an important keystone of Casa Sauza and the agricultural area is no exception to it. We have been optimizing our agricultural processes for more than 15 years in order to collect the best plants and thus, produce the best tequila. Innovation in the agave fields has allowed us to improve our processes in the agricultural management, in making the activities easier to carry out and in reducing the risks to which workers in the tequila industry are exposed to. Likewise, it has also made possible to mechanize some labors, which allows us to establish plantations in places where the work force is scarce.
The global trend in human activities is automation which gives workers more time. This new available time can be used for their training as well as for the acquisition of new knowledge.
To manage agave pests and diseases, we always keep our main objective in mind: to produce the best quality agave because the best agave produces the best tequila––tequila with the highest quality of standards, and our characteristic notes of fresh agave.