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Combat Soaring Fertilizer Costs with Compost, Soil Amendments


  As we open the new year and begin preparations for the 2022 season, rising fertilizer costs are top of mind for our farmers. Fertilizer prices have skyrocketed as much as 300% in some areas, American Farm Bureau reports in its latest Market Report. In California, AgAlert reports that UN 32 has tripled in price “and could go higher in the spring,” on account of high demand. Given that fertilizer costs account for approximately 15% of total cash costs in the U.S., according to USDA data, “fertilizer prices are the number one issue on farmers’ minds as they begin to [...]

Combat Soaring Fertilizer Costs with Compost, Soil Amendments2022-01-07T00:13:58+00:00

A look back at 50 years of Ag with Vard Terry


Holloway President Sits Down with Bakersfield Californian to Discuss his 50 Years in Local Ag Holloway President Vard Terry celebrated his 50th anniversary with the company this past Saturday, and today was featured on the front page of the Bakersfield Californian. In the article Terry looks back on 50 years in local agriculture, what challenges growers have been faced with and how the industry has evolved in that time. "Twenty years ago, there was more of a repeating what we've done," Terry said, "as opposed to today (saying,) 'Let's look at this scientifically." Read the full article via the Bakersfield [...]

A look back at 50 years of Ag with Vard Terry2021-12-21T01:03:27+00:00

Holloway Congratulates President Vard Terry for 50 Years of Service


Part of three generations of Holloway employees, Terry celebrates 50 years of service, starting with the company back on Dec. 18, 1971 BAKERSFIELD (Dec. 17, 2021) – Holloway President Vard Terry will be celebrating his 50th anniversary with the company this week. Terry, who started at Holloway on Dec. 18, 1971, has been with the Central California-based company for 50 years this coming weekend. Over that time, he’s seen truckloads of changes in the agriculture, mining, environmental and logistics industries Holloway services. Terry has seen the Central Valley, for example, grow into one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions [...]

Holloway Congratulates President Vard Terry for 50 Years of Service2021-12-17T05:47:44+00:00

Holloway’s 90th Anniversary: This Next Year is Going to Be Big


See How We Commemorated Our 90th Anniversary, By Discing a Giant 90th Logo at Our Lost Hills Mine LOST HILLS, Calif. – Since 1932, Holloway has been a household name in Central California agriculture. And over the years, we’ve advertised Holloway gypsum and our soils-first services just about everywhere: on our semis, billboards, magazines, even our belt buckles. But for our 90th anniversary in 2022, we wanted to do something bigger. Like really big: We wanted to put this Central California-based, family company on the global map, and put together a “huge” campaign that captures what we’re all about: improving [...]

Holloway’s 90th Anniversary: This Next Year is Going to Be Big2021-12-17T04:12:16+00:00

Kicking off Our 90th Anniversary at Almond Conference


We can’t wait to kick off Healthy Soils Week and our 90th Anniversary celebration with all of our old friends and customers at this week’s Almond Conference. It’s been too long since we crossed paths at a show. If you’re heading to Almond Conference on Dec. 7-9 at the Convention Center in Sacramento, stop by Booth No. 1304 (see attached map) to get your hands on some limited edition 90th anniversary giveaways, learn more about our new ag services and products, meet your local team and discuss your soil and agronomy needs. Whether you’re looking for soil amendments, agronomy, Whole [...]

Kicking off Our 90th Anniversary at Almond Conference2021-12-16T17:56:50+00:00

Case Study Shows Holloway Original Dihydrate Outperforms Anhydrite Alternative


Trial Shows Holloway Original Dihydrate Outperforms Anhydrite Alternative During the 2019 season, Holloway’s agronomy team conducted a Gypsum trial on a customer almond orchard to test the amount of plant-available calcium from various forms and amounts of Gypsum. This test plot consisted of a 77-acre block of almonds divided into five sections, each consisting of a dozen rows of mature, full-producing trees. The trial showed Holloway Original Dihydrate Gypsum maintained or improved calcium tissue levels, outperforming Anhydrite alternative that saw decreased calcium as season progressed.

Case Study Shows Holloway Original Dihydrate Outperforms Anhydrite Alternative2021-10-21T09:39:43+00:00

Whole Orchard Recycling


Highlighting the Benefits of Whole Orchard Recycling on California Clean Air Day (Oct. 6, 2021) – On Clean Air Day here in Calif. we highlight the benefits of our Whole Orchard Recycling (WOR) service, removing old, unproductive orchards and grinding the trees – rather than burning the material – for soil incorporation. This zero-waste alternative to open burning not only helps keep our air clean, but improves soil health and aids in carbon sequestration. It can also help improve production in tandem with the right amendment/nutrients plan. A decade-long study by the UC Cooperative Extension concluded that orchards undergoing WOR [...]

Whole Orchard Recycling2021-10-06T17:01:39+00:00

Meet Your Partners in Growth Series: Jeremy Bowman


Jeremy Bowman, Director of Engineering and Projects Holloway’s Director of Engineering and Projects, Jeremy Bowman, always has his eye on the horizon, looking for what’s next and will help Holloway continue its mission to be a full circle company. And this excitement toward the future and new initiatives is exactly what any company wants from someone who is charged with leading projects. “I am not content with the status quo,” Bowman says. “I think it's exciting that we at Holloway are always looking for the next venture and the next thing.” Bowman knew Dan Allen, Holloway’s COO, and he knew [...]

Meet Your Partners in Growth Series: Jeremy Bowman2021-09-29T23:00:25+00:00

Holloway Among Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies


Named Fastest-Growing Ag & Natural Resources Company, No. 1253 overall on 2021 List of Fastest-Growing U.S. Companies BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Aug. 17, 2021) – The Holloway Group today made Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Holloway, not ranked on Inc.’s list previously, didn’t just make the top 5,000, it came in among the top 1,500 private U.S. companies – ranking No. 1,253 on the annual list. Holloway was also the top-ranked company in the "Agriculture and Natural Resources" industry. Founded in 1932 as H.M. Holloway Inc., a gypsum mine located in Lost Hills, [...]

Holloway Among Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies2021-11-15T20:31:15+00:00

Grave-to-Cradle Services


Set your new orchard or vineyard up for success with precision development services What do you get when you combine nearly 90 years of soil management experience with the most cutting-edge development services on the market? A complete line of soil-first services that preps your ground for planting unlike any other redevelopment program. Holloway is your one-stop shop for Whole Orchard Removal and redevelopment with a full suite of sustainable Grave-to-Cradle Services, breathing new life into aging orchards and vineyards. Here’s a look at our complete list of services, rooted in science and technology with a focus on improving overall [...]

Grave-to-Cradle Services2021-12-01T20:25:03+00:00
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