Company History

TriCal was founded in 1961 by three young men – Richard Storkan, Jerry Hanes, and Robert McCaslin – who were on a mission to carry out commercial soil fumigation by specialized methods.

“Three young men whose enthusiasm is backed up by know-how are making headway in an agricultural service industry…”
Photos and Article originally posted in Agrichemical West, June 1963

We believe in a “service the farm” sales approach. This is a long-term, end-to-end product and application stewardship perspective, not a “quick sale”.

Whether custom- or grower-applied, we do a field-specific survey and develop the treatment plan in partnership with the grower. We synthesize a broad range of data to optimize the soil treatment tailored to each grower’s specific needs. These evaluations include considerations of agronomy, resource conservation, soil biology and soil science, meteorology, and economics.

We analyze crop, target pests, soil conditions, weather, irrigation, and past treatments, among many other variables. Using our years of knowledge, first-hand experience, and ongoing R&D, we put together a recommended treatment plan. We walk our customers through the regulatory requirements and are on-hand to ensure a safe and successful application. We follow up to make sure our customers are satisfied with the results. That must be why we have more than 90% of return customers.

We are farm consultants, helping growers to get the greatest return on investment for their crop while helping them navigate the regulations and use requirements. We are custom applicators so we have hands-on, direct field experience. We provide field support and technicians. Just like my father (TriCal Co-Founder & President) said in 1963, ‘we have proved the worth of these methods.’ We work hand in hand with growers so they can reap the benefits.
Dean Storkan, TriCal President

Farmers have a lot on their minds: Insects, frost, hail, heat, succession planning, commodity prices, too much rain, drought, equipment upgrades, regulations. To succeed at farming, a thousand things have to go right. Failure usually only requires just one thing to go wrong. We know what the grower is up against. We want to equip the farmer with crop protection tools that will help him or her improve the odds.