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Ritchie Schaefer, Territory Sales Manager | Minnesota

Ritchie Schaefer joined the Calcium Products team in 2017 to support sales in Minnesota. He started his career working six years in ag retail as a precision ag specialist and agronomist for Crystal Valley Coop in Minnesota. He most recently worked as an account manager for Aglytix, a small precision ag software company in Mankato, MN. He graduated from North Dakota State University in 2010. Ritchie is active in his community of Mankato, MN, including serving as a board member for his county Farm Bureau. Ritchie is passionate about his work and also enjoys hunting and fishing.

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Scott Hall, Territory Sales Manager | N. Illinois

Scott Hall brings 20 years of agriculture sales and business development experience to Calcium Products joining the team in 2017. Scott is responsible for northern Illinois and eastern Iowa. 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 Geneseo, IL.

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Brian Easland, Territory Sales Manager | Nebraska & Kansas

Brian Easland came to Calcium Products in 2017 with more than 20 years of ag sales and marketing experience collaborating with growers, retailers, consultants and distributors. He supports customers in Nebraska and Kansas. He earned his ag economics/ag business degree from South Dakota State University in 1994. He recently managed his own crop consulting business, and also worked with Syngenta Crop Protection in northeast Nebraska for nine years. He worked for Agrilliance (now Winfield United ) for eight years in North Dakota and Nebraska. In addition, he has held his CCA certification for 18 years in North Dakota and Nebraska.  Brian is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys sports and his kids’ activities.  He lives with his wife and two children near Norfolk, NE.

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Application Decisions – Flexibility of SO4 and 98G

98G Application Photo

Using SO4 pelletized gypsum and 98G pelletized limestone in your fertility program allows flexibility when weather limits application season in the fall and spring. Using SO4 pelletized gypsum and 98G pelletized limestone in your fertility program allows flexibility when weather limits application season in the fall and spring.

Considerations for applying 98G

Ideally, 98G would be applied in the fall to initiate pH correction before spring planting occurs, but its rapid reactivity allows flexibility for spring application as well. Regardless of the season of application, one should consider how 98G is applied with respect to other field work. To maximize the efficiency of 98G, the pellets should be applied and allowed to begin breakdown via water (rain, dew, contact with soil) before being worked into the soil with a field cultivator or other tillage equipment in order to target the zone of active acidification — the top 4 inches of the soil profile.

If 98G is being applied for pH maintenance, it can be blended with other flat-rate, broadcast fertilizers to limit trips across the field, or placed into a split bin variable rate application. When the rate exceeds 200-400 lbs/A, it should be a standalone application.

Considerations for applying SO4

SO4 has several options from an application standpoint. Our general recommendation is that it be applied in spring with other soluble fertilizers, however, it can also be applied in the fall and remain available for crop sulfur needs come spring. SO4 can also be used as a rescue application in the spring where visual sulfur deficiency is present. SO4 can be applied any time after emergence and with the right amount of precipitation, will result in plant green up in less than a week. Because SO4 has a very low salt index relative to other fertilizers, it will not injure/burn young crops after broadcast application. 

Regardless of application scenario, SO4 works best when it is left on the soil surface. Since sulfate is an anion (negatively charged), it has potential to leach, and letting the product work from the surface downward will result in the best sulfate uptake efficiency. 

As with 98G, SO4 can also be blended with other fertilizers to maximize application efficiency. Oftentimes, SO4 is blended with a nitrogen source for sidedress application in the spring, and with phosphorus and potassium applications in the fall.

It should be noted that anytime SO4 or 98G are blended with other fertilizers, particularly those that attract moisture, the blend should go directly from the blending equipment to the spreader to minimize the amount of product degradation from added moisture. It is not recommended that liquid products be added to these blends because it can result in product breakdown and difficulty in the spreading operation.

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