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Calcium Products - Items filtered by date: November 2008

How does your lime measure up?

Ever wonder just how good the lime is from your local quarry? The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Commercial Feed and Fertilizer Bureau checks all the quarries that sell lime into Iowa. It has released a new Ag Limestone Quarry Certification Report. It can be accessed on their site by clicking on the hyperlink above. 

The Fertilizer bureau does not check every quarry every quarter so you may have to check some old reports to find your quarry.

If your soil test calls for 2 tons of 90% ECCE ag lime, and your local quarry only has 45% ag lime then you will need to apply 4 tons to meet the requirements of your soil test. This is why many farmers complain that they applied ag lime and saw no results, they didn't apply enough to do any good. More importantly they applied too much product that will never do any good for them, wasting valuable input dollars.

Much of the limestone in Iowa either has too much inert ingredients (clay, sand, marl, etc.) or is not crushed fine enough to get results in your life time. Make sure your money is working for you and not buying garbage.

SuperCal 98G is crushed to minus 100 mesh, meaning it's finer than ag lime and pelletized to reach the field where it goes to work making you money instantly. The purity and fineness combine to make it 5 times more effective than 1 ton of ag lime.

 

 

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The smell of money...

The smell of money, isn’t that what people say when they smell manure from hogs and cattle.

The main component of the smell is ammonia, a nitrogen source. While your neighbors may call it a nuisance, it’s really the smell of crop nutrients evaporating. This is called volatilization loss. With the cost of fertilizer high and the price for corn low, everyone is looking to reduce the cost of applied N.

Ammonia losses following land application of manure could reach up to 95% of the total manure nitrogen-ammonium (N-NH4) content. The amount of N-NH4 lost depends on the manure characteristics and the environmental conditions.

Research has demonstrated that SuperCal SO4 can effectively reduce ammonia losses through a binding effect. SuperCal SO4 combines with ammonia to create a complex salt that prevents ammonia loss, while increasing plant N uptake. Our customer’s claim they are saving over 50% of the ammonia normally lost to volatilization.

In addition to saving expensive nitrogen, SuperCal SO4 also adds sulfur to the manure making it a better fertilizer when applied to your fields. Our customers also report less foot problems in feedlot cattle and less disease in dairy dry stalls.

Do your bottom line a favor, repair relations with neighbors by adding SuperCal SO4 to your barns and lots. For rates and applications check out our past article Treating Manure with SuperCal SO4.

 

 

The Blogronomist is maintained by Craig Dick, head blogronomist and VP of Sales and Marketing. Here you will find a wide array of blog articles from Craig and expert guests on topics related to soil and crop health, farming, and so much more. If it’s not here, ask us!

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Are you planning to grow a crop or not have a disaster?

Since bowl season is upon us and there are more bowl games than ever, I thought we should talk about the old playing to win or playing not to lose analogy. A team like Oklahoma went out every game and dominated its opponents, while Missouri went out to maintain it’s rankings and almost dropped off the top 25.

This time of year many growers are determining their game plan for next year. Some will do what it takes to grow a winning crop and some have been watching too much news and will make dramatic cuts, already planning on not topping last year.

I know the markets are low and inputs are still high. This year things are a going to be a little tougher than the past few years, and planning for the worst only ensures it. Planning to succeed, and looking for a new solution is the only way to maintain production and income in an environment like today.

So when you turn on a bowl game this week and it’s a blowout, take those 3 hours and start planning on blowing out the bins next fall.

Merry Christmas!

 

 

The Blogronomist is maintained by Craig Dick, head blogronomist and VP of Sales and Marketing. Here you will find a wide array of blog articles from Craig and expert guests on topics related to soil and crop health, farming, and so much more. If it’s not here, ask us!

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Please Welcome our Newest Salesman

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Glen Howell. Glen will be working with Jim La Velle over the next few weeks to take over Jim's territory of Eastern Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota. Jim will be taking on a bigger management role in Gilmore City.

Glen has spent a number of years in retail agronomy management, sold and serviced GPS equipment, farmed and served in the Iowa Army National Guard. We know Glen's background in leadership, sales and agronomy will be an asset to Calcium Products and our dealers.

Welcome aboard Glen!

 

 

The Blogronomist is maintained by Craig Dick, head blogronomist and VP of Sales and Marketing. Here you will find a wide array of blog articles from Craig and expert guests on topics related to soil and crop health, farming, and so much more. If it’s not here, ask us!

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