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Let There Be Lime

In January 2015 featured an article written by John Deitz, Let There Be Lime. The focus of the article is the how SuperCal products are helping producers in in Western Canada reclaim land and increase yields

Key Points from the Article:

  •  “If we can apply lime annually to a very small width of application within actual areas that need to be treated, we can drive annualized costs down to between 7% and 9% or lower than the amount the old methods would use,” Solberg says.
  • In 2013, ENR applied a 600-pound rate of SuperCal SO4 to about 200 acres of white, hard, grow-nothing land in southern Alberta that had 26% sodium. It harvested 80-bushel barley on the treated area.
  • The 400-pound applications of SuperCal 98G increased soil pH by about 0.6 and offered the best return – nearly 9 bushels per acre. Cost for the product and application was about $57 an acre.

You can download the article as a pdf


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!  



Review of Canada Meetings

Last week I spent 2 days in Alberta doing meetings in support of our new exclusive distributor for western Canada ENR . You likely won’t believe it but it was actually warmer in Canada than it was in Iowa!

We had two one-day meetings, one in Stettler, and one in Lethbridge. We had over a 100 farmers at each meeting and a half a dozen dealers. In addition to the McRea staff, we had a representative from Glen Dale Agra Services Ltd. out of British Columbia, among other dealers.
Doug McRea lead off the meeting discussing the various types of fertilizers and where they were best suited for. Many farmers are unware that different fertilizer actually have different effects in the soil.
I discussed calcium, sulfur and pH related issues. You can view both presentations at the following links.
Jarrett Chambers with ATP Nutrition rounded out the program. ATP is doing some interesting things with foliars and nutritionals. This is a company you will want to keep and eye on!
One thing I learned at this meeting is what mineral deficiency this corn is showing?
This picture was taken near Blue Earth Minnesota. In addition to the small ears the corn was lodged. 
In the following picture, 300# of SuperCal SO4 was applied broadcast
Go back to the first picture, no it’s not sulfur or calcium. Give up? It took me listening to Jarrett’s presentation and seeing his magnesium deficiency pictures to know that we were seeing magnesium deficiency. Why didn’t we know it right away? The soil had over 25% base saturation magnesium, it shouldn’t be magnesium deficiency.
My new friend and consultant Geoff Doell, who I meet at the meeting, had the answer, magnesium protein channels or membrane channel. These channels are what protect the plant from overdosing on a nutrient when it is in too high a level. This defense mechanism was sensing the high magnesium levels and was keeping the channels into the plant closed. We will jump into this further in another blog! For now we can simply say that increasing the calcium was enough to allow the plant to take in enough magnesium to grow a strong root system and big ears.
Doubt that high mag soils can be a problem, why would the University of Florida engineer plants to grow on the high mag soils of Mars if it wasn’t an issue? 
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