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Wear Tolerance in Turfgrass

Turfgrass species matter Wear tolerance is one of the most important characteristics of different turfgrass species when making decisions on which to include in various settings. Wear tolerance is very dependent on species, environment, and management practices. Certain species have physiological differences that make them more tolerant of wear and aid in their ability to recuperate after significant wear events.  Turfgrass species in cool-season environments In cool-season settings, perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass are typically associated with the best wear tolerance and recuperative ability, respectively. They are often used in conjunction to provide the best overall traffic tolerance in athletic fields.  In golf greens and an increasing number of fairways, however, due to low mowing height requirements and aesthetics, creeping bentgrass is the species of choice. Creeping bentgrass can be mowed easily to green heights and exhibits fair to good wear tolerance that can withstand wear associated with players’ foot…
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Implement 98G and SO4 Equations into Your VRT System

One of our core beliefs at Calcium Products is to embrace technological advancements that aid growers in maximizing profits. We strive to integrate our products into these technologies wherever possible. One of our core beliefs at Calcium Products is to embrace technological advancements that aid growers in maximizing profits. We strive to integrate our products into these technologies wherever possible.  Variable rate technology (VRT) allows growers to apply products at the right rate, right place, right time, and with the right source – the 4 R’s. Following the 4 R’s minimizes impact on the environment and maximizes a grower’s return on investment. We have worked for the past five years to develop, test, and refine product specific equations for 98G and SO4 to allow incorporation into VRT systems.  Given the wide scope of the VRT software industry, we are able to work directly with retailers and/or software companies to make sure…
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Growing our Sales and Technical Support Team

At Calcium Products, we believe in the value of strong, long-term relationships that are built on trust. As we look to grow our business and provide top-notch customer support, we’re investing in growing our team in a way that will best serve our customers. I’m very pleased to announce that we’ve welcomed three new territory sales managers to our team. Scott Hall, Territory Sales Manager – Northern Illinois Scott Hall brings 20 years of agriculture sales and business development experience to the Calcium Products team. Most recently, Scott worked as a Sr Technical Sales Specialist for Bayer Crop Science. He grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Western Illinois. Scott has an agronomy degree from Western Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Iowa. When Scott is not working or spending time with his family, he enjoys boating and fishing in southeast Alaska. Scott resides near…
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Soil pH: The Foundation for Nutrient Availability

Low soil pH can reduce yield Soil pH is considered by soil scientists to be a master variable that affects a wide range of chemical and biological processes in the soil. Low pH (below 6.0) can reduce your yield substantially. Nutrient availability is at the crux of this detrimental effect on yield. It’s important to know what is recommended by experts in your state with respect to target pH. Typically, most states in the Midwest recommend a pH of 6.0 – 6.5 to maximize yield while considering liming investment.  Every nutrient’s availability is affected by soil pH Soil pH is the foundation of and main governor of soil fertility. Every nutrient’s availability to plants and behavior in soil is affected by soil pH, some more so than others, which is why correcting and maintaining pH at adequate levels is so important. Phosphorous (P) availability is the nutrient most hindered by…
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Aerification and SO4

Aerification contributes to healthy turf The most scrutinized word in the professional turf industry might be aerification. If golfers arrive to the course and see a “plinko” board on the putting surfaces, they immediately assume that their experience for the day is going to be ruined. This doesn’t have to be the case. Sure, it may not look good but that doesn’t mean they won’t play good. Consider a story I heard about Tom Watson, eight-time major champion. Tom arrived at his home course and shot a course record 58, just days after the greens had been aerified. What golfers don’t realize but superintendents do is that aerification is a necessary practice to provide the healthiest turf possible. This is a short-term disruption that has long-term benefits. The GCSAA explains the aerification process achieves three important objectives: 1. It relieves soil compaction.2. It provides a method to improve the soil…
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