Pinnacle Export Career

Exporting can provide an excellent pinnacle career.

Pinnacle careers are the ones that fill your destiny.  For many such careers mean a move… travel beyond borders… broader horizons and greater freedom.

The export business creates such a lifestyle and career.

Consider this idea for exporting Ecuador oranges.


Ecuador oranges at Cotacachi market.  Some Ecuador oranges are green and all oranges can be golden.

A recent article entitled Ecuador: “Producers of citrus fruits will start exporting” started me thinking about how we can put two and two together and come up with more than four.

Consider three facts.

First, The US orange production is under pressure.  The spread of Citrus greening is now in every Florida citrus county and production costs are at their higher level ever.  Increased citrus imports to the USA could result.

Second, Ecuador is cranking up its citrus production.  The article “Producers of citrus fruits will start exporting” says: A citrus processing factory, which is expected to hold northern production and promote its sale abroad, will start operating in two months.

Investors in Spain and France sponsor the close to $5 million dollar project.

The construction and commissioning of the factory was the result of a field study, which identified the need for a place to process the high production of tangerines and oranges in the states of Chone, Flavio Alfaro and El Carmen, among others.

Jaminton Intriago, Mayor of Flavio Alfaro and one of the owners of the factory, said that they were making the final adjustments to the implements responsible for processing, canning and extracting the fruit’s juices to be exported to Europe.

“Everything is ready and we’ll start the testing phase in the coming days so that, when everything is ready, nothing will stop work. We needed a company that added value to citrus production in Manabi,” said Intriago.

The factory will employ more than 300 people, considering that the machinery is able to operate 24 hours.

The National Finance Corporation loaned the money to fund the project. “The objective is to consolidate ourselves at the national level with this innovative company and to take advantage of the production in the North,” said Intriago.

Third,  there is a little known way to economically enhance citrus production with Biowash.

We have written about our use of Biowash in our groves but let me reiterate what this has done for our orange crop.

The year we took over the grove there were 1,500 trees and they produced 1801 boxes of oranges.

In other words, the average was a yield of about 1.2 boxes of naval oranges a tree.

We removed one third of the lower producing diseased trees in a grove management plan. We sprayed the remaining 2/3rd with Bio Wash.

Our first year of production the average yield was 2.4 boxes a tree… double.   This increased the income of the grove 37% with 33% less trees.

With 500 fewer trees, the grove produced 2,484 boxes of oranges that year!  That’s doubled production but this was to get even  better.

We doubled the Biowash spray in 2011 and production rose to 3,393 boxes.

Last year we decided to do some more serious tests.


We tested Biowash.

There is more to this than just the increased yield. Biowash might make the crop more valuable.

Some products using Biowash have become known as “pesticide free” and/or “reduced fertilized”.

I believe that pesticide free” or “reduced fertilized” oranges may be worth more so I began testing in our orange grove.   Last June my grandson, Garren, and I loaded up the Cub Cadet with flagging ribbon… went out into our orange grove and set up four test zones… each at an opposite extreme from one another.


Garren helping me set up our tests.

In each zone we selected sick, healthy and new trees.


A sick tree in our grove flagged yellow.


A healthy tree and…


new orange trees.

Plus I had three grapefruit trees that all appeared a little sick and sprayed one with bio wash, one soil amendment and did not spray one.

Our goal is to produce bigger… healthier oranges in a process that requires less fertilizer and little or no pesticides.  Here are the results after six months.

At the beginning of the experiment we poked holes around each tree and drenched the roots.   Each tree was drenched with 25 gallons of a solution mixed from  10 ounces of Bio Wash or Soil Amendment to 40 gallons of water.   We then sprayed each tree once a month with about ten gallons per tree sprayed.

Here are the first results.

#1: The young growing trees looked about equal to the best non sprayed young trees.

The positive I can say here is that all the young sprayed trees were at the top of the growth range.  There were some non sprayed trees. This was not so with the sprayed trees. They had all enjoyed strong growth.

#2: I could not see much difference in mature fruit bearing trees.

If anything the sprayed trees looked fuller but with less fruit.

#3: Of the three grapefruit trees the bio washed tree was definitely best.

Gary Scott bio wash

The pictures do not show this well, but the non sprayed grapefruit fruit was small, the leaves spotted and tending toward yellow.

Gary Scott bio wash

The sprayed grapefruit trees were greener, had much larger fruit and a black mold that gets on the fruit was absent.

#4: The sick and nearly dead trees showed the most profound change.

Gary Scott bio wash

Most of the sick trees looked dead like this when we began the test.

Some truly were dead and remained looking that way.

Some had a little growth.

Some had a lot of growth like this.

Gary Scott bio wash

Some even had fruit.

Gary Scott bio wash

This tree looked like a dead stump last June.

Gary Scott bio wash

We maintained the level of spray and in 2012 production with the Biowash spray was about the same as 2011 2,934 boxes.  This minor variation suggests that the good results from the spray are lasting.

You can tie these three facts… US citrus problems… Ecuador’s fledgling citrus exports and the agri benefit of Biowash as an export idea.

Biowash is available in Ecuador and there is a new distributor.

Ted Tidwell who makes Biowash recently wrote:  Gary, Carlos Harris now has a good supply of Biowash and Purelygreen in Ecuador.

Here is Carlo’s contact information.

BioWash Ecuador
506 Minoz Davila
Bahai de Caraquez

Ecuador Tel: 0990445899.
US Tel: 330-532-8909
Cell: 614-425-5065
E-mail: maui

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