Victor Cyril (Vic) Plowman (Arborist)
3 December 1915 - 19 July 2014
Father, Grandfather, Mentor, Friend ...
Vic started what would become the company, in 1955 as 'Farm Research Institute' with an idea to provide consultation and products to assist growers in improving crop yields. This proved to be a somewhat less than lucrative venture, and the company was forced to expand and alter its areas of service.
During this same time period, many new (and to Vic) exciting pesticides were becoming available in the commercial market. These pesticides, combined with a growing suburban population led Farm Research into the, then infant, field of lawn and tree care. This was ideally suited to Vic's natural thirst for knowledge, and for the solving of puzzles. He loved to examine and study a new (to him) disease or insect pest; identify it (using an approach very like the medical 'differential diagnosis'); then cross-reference the available pesticides to determine the correct treatment.
One of his first, and most impressive, treatments was the control of Bronze Birch Borer in a row of birch trees - by trunk injection - with hand augers and grafting wax - in about 1959! That row of birch (a double row actually, along an estate driveway), survived and thrived, until someone dropped a subdivision on them some 40 years later.
Vic never lost his natural curiousity, and whenever he could, he would ignite that spark in up-coming arborists.
His knowledge and his curiosity lives on in all of us.