It was 1974 when, in the town of Avellaneda, in the north of Santa Fe Province, the Calvo family started with the business under the company name of CIAGRO. From the very beginning, this distributor of veterinary and agricultural products totally changed the way of marketing and advising producers in the region. It was no longer a matter of sitting at desks, but of going out to personally visit them. Gate after gate, with trucks full of the necessary products, they were introducing all the improvements that the agricultural inputs’ supplier industry was developing. There was an almost immediate success for this service that was breaking the usual molds, and that prompted them to take the second step: expanding to other regions, with the opening of new branches. Again, there was a great acceptance from producers who were receiving this new service. That’s how the company became the number 1 distributor in Argentina. Years later, they began with the elaboration of post-patent phytosanitary products.

First steps

The year 2008 arrives and, based on CIAGRO’s heritage, Carlos Calvo launches SURCOS. The company intended to continue with the tradition of incorporating changes and innovations, but, this time, faster and in a totally disruptive way.

A transformation process towards a professional organization begins, with a highly trained staff structure, the implementation of the SAP management system and the standardization of circuits and processes integrated into the business.

In 2012, Sebastián Calvo takes the head role at Surcos and leads some key innovations. New lines of research and improvements in processes enabled a successful growth, with few precedents in the national phytosanitary products industry.

Apart from the rest and against the opinion of many industry players, Surcos develops nanotechnology in its formulations for phytosanitary products. Soon after, the first Nano product arrives: Microactive, an insecticide with substantial benefits.

In 2013, the Elite Line, nanotechnology applied to herbicides, is launched to the Argentinian market. Starting from a new combination of the active principle with specific adjuvants and technologically superior production processes, the Elite technology becomes a unique alternative in the market. Its smaller size particles, enhanced with the components of the formula, help to achieve better results to the land in terms of penetration and control speed.

By 2020, there are already more than 40 million hectares treated with the Dedalo Elite herbicide.

Nowadays, the management of Surcos is committed to an expansion and constant innovation process in the elaboration of phytosanitary products.