Calcium Products - Forages
Calcium Product 98G


SuperCal Increases RFQ

Gene Zimmerman with Quality Soil Nutrition has sent us some analysis of forages fertilized with SuperCal SO4 pelletized gypsum, SuperCal 98G pelletized lime, and chicken litter. As you can see SuperCal products added to the RFQ significantly.   The Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) index is an estimate of voluntary intake of available energy when forage is fed as the sole source of energy and protein. Every point increase in RFQ should translate to $1 per ton increase in sales prices. Yield Starts Here is a blog for farmers, focusing on increasing yield and profitability by focusing on the soil. It is managed by Craig Dick, a Blogronomist and Sales and Marketing Manager at Calcium Products. Find other articles by Craig and guest writers at   

Have You Tested Your Forages Yet?

Have you tested your forages yet?  As our growing season nears completion, & producers get ready for fall, the quality of the forages in livestock's diet declines.  Here is a great resources from Iowa State University Extension on the value in testing your feedstuffs. And as you start your preparations for 2011, make sure to include SO4 in your plans!  Having a high quality, soluble source of calcium & sulfur can often improve the quality & quantity of your feed.

Needing to Plant Forages Now?

As the summer weather continues to challenge us with excessive rainfall, many producers are now considering what their options may be for planting a summer forage for next winter's feed needs.  Dr. Stephen Barnhart, ISU Extension, has some excellent tips & recommendations in this article:  One issue that Dr. Barnhart does not address is the need to monitor soil nutrients.  Some or all of the nutrients that were applied during this growing season may have been lost.  The only way to know for sure is testing of both the soil & tissue.  Make sure to include these tools as you consider what your next steps once things start drying up.  SuperCal SO4 is an effective tool in helping the soil & microbes begin to recover. Be sure to check out this link to past stories:

Testing Soil & Forages

  Soil testing is a regular practice for many crop producers.  Some livestock operations regularly check feed samples, but why shouldn't both be done?  I have noticed that many cattle producers have never tested their soils or feed, yet still expect maximum efficiency & productivity from their forages.  I think this article is a great read for all cattlemen & women.  If we don't have a good handle on what the soils are able to support, and we don't know what the forages are testing, how can we manage? When I was growing up, there were many local farms with cattle.  Today most of those operations are no longer present, and many of the current producers continue to practice management techniques that have served them well in the past, but not necessarily today.  Soil & forage testing is every bit as valuable to livestock producers, as it is to row crops.  

Are you ready to cut hay?

As we approach the midpoint of May, many farmers are preparing to harvest the 1st cutting of this year's hay crop.  I have noticed that a few producers have already begun, and more will get started soon if the weather cooperates! Dr. Stephen Barnhart, ISU Extension Agronomist, gives some good suggestions on timing the 1st cutting. Matt Digman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, has some tips on making sure your equipment is ready to go.  If you harvest haylage, you may find this helpful in improving your forage quality. Good luck with your hay crop!  


Maintained by our team of experts, we have a wide array of blog articles from our experts and guests on topics related to soil and crop health, farming and growing tips, and so much more. If it’s not here, ask us!

  1. Categories
  2. Archives