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Calcium Products capitalizes on humics’ popularity

SuperCal Humic was recently featured in the Fort Dodge Iowa newspaper, The Messenger.

http://www.messengernews.net/page/content.detail/id/584017/Calcium-Products-capitalizes-on-humics--popularity.html

SuperCal Humic will:

 

• Increases root growth
• Increases nutrient uptake and drought tolerance
• Allows for even application of dry humic substances
• Provides all the benefits of SuperCal SO4, plus humic substances
• Low dust easy to handle dry humates.

Learn more about SuperCal Humic

 

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What is SuperCal SO4?

Over the past few weeks, people have asked is what is SuperCal SO4?

SuperCal SO4 is pelletized gypsum, however we put in a crazy amount of extra time and effort to ensure our products are highly effective. We call it the SuperCal Advantage and it consists of three components

Purity                          Particle Size                       Precision 

Purity

SuperCal SO4 is a true dihydrate gypsum mined from one of the purest sources of gypsum on earth. Many people think, gypsum is gypsum, however science shows us this is just not so. Check out this test from Pace Turf .

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We’ve also spent extra time and effort to test many sources of gypsum, and none compare to SuperCal.

Particle Size Matters

When it comes to mined gypsum, none are ground finer prior to pellitization than SuperCal. The combination of purity and particle size results in the highest dissolution rates in the industry.

Why I am telling you this?

Gypsum is a rock, and if you cannot get it to dissolve in the soil solution it won’t work. Gypsum, limestone and fertilizer all must dissolve in the soil solution to be effective! Large particles don’t react in enough time for you to see benefit from it.

We Pelletize for Precision

The reason we pelletize is to ensure our very pure, finely ground SuperCal SO4 spreads evenly for maximum effectiveness. With nearly 30 years in the industry, we have perfected a formulation resulting in low dust and precise spreading on every acre. Poorly applied product costs the grower yield.

A study from Virginia Tech confirms what the farmer knows, “The results of this research proved conclusively that non–uniform application of fertilizers resulted in less total yield than uniformly applied fertilizers even though the same total rate per acre had been applied in each case. The loss in yield due to lower than recommended rates of application far exceeded the slight increase in yield obtained from excess application over the recommended rate.”

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 Whether its wet or dry, bulk gypsum won’t spread well.

The other issue with finely ground gypsum is drift loss. The chart below was developed from a USDA program that was developed to predict the motion of spray material released from various devices connected to an aircraft. Values and assumptions were modified to match that of a dry material in a rotary spreader in an agricultural setting.

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 Based on this work, you could see up to 25% or more drift from a bulk applied product. The finer and dryer a product, the farther and greater the drift!

Only SuperCal SO4 ensures you the highest quality, most effective product in the market, backed by over 20 years of success and farms all across North America.

Here is one mutli-year study by Iowa State. Wider yield differences were experienced early in the study due to application on known sulfur deficient soils. Regardless, the consistent yield improvements speak for themselves.

 

ISU Trial data

For farmers that demand consistent repeatable responses from their inputs, SuperCal SO4 is the only market proven product. If you still have questions, give anyone of our staff a call!

More Helpful Links:

SuperCal SO4 Product Page

More Test Plot Results

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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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How Long Does Gypsum Last

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Over at Ag Talk there was good question posed:

I applied one ton of gypsum(procal 40) on some tight wet ground and worked it in.How long will it last.That is a high rate.Do you think it will do any good?

Here are some of the answers posted:

  • Do you have drain tile under it? Supposedly that the only way to make good use of gypsum?
  • Having tile under it is not the only way to get good use out of it.
  • One ton an acre is not a high rate really. But you loose 30lb with every inch of rain. So on average your gypsum moves completely through the soil in almost 2 years. Since you worked it in that time will be a little shorter
  • The Calcium content from Gypsum can provide soil and plant nutrition for many ? 10 Plus years 
  • Hundreds of factors will determine the stability, and or leaching of S
  • Neal Kinsey says in his book that Gypsum will not build Ca levels unless the Ca is already at 60% base saturation.  Edit: Found this poking around the internets:   Read more...

Gypsum Combined with Litter

I was reading through some old notes from a conference I attended last year.

In those notes I had written that the research conducted by Dr. Gary Felton has shown that the amount of phosphorus runoff from chicken litter can be completely reduced when mixed at a 1:1 ratio. It could be reduced by 90% when combined at a 2:1 (gypsum:litter) and by 50% when mixed at a 4:1 ratio.

This in conjunction with pelletizing could dramatically change the way we look at applying phosphates!

Previous story on pelletizing chick litter http://blog.calciumproducts.com/posts/chicken-manure-better-when-pelletized.cfm 

 

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 http://blog.calciumproducts.com/ .

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Chicken Manure Better when Pelletized

 A new study shows more benefits of pelletzing.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101117161248.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+sciencedaily+(ScienceDaily:+Latest+Science+News)

In a study from the University of Delaware that examined estrogen concentrations runoff from agricultural fields fertilized with chicken manure found that it is as much about the application of the manure as it is about the measurement of the types of estrogen.

It measured and compared the amounts of both toxic, free forms of estrogen hormones and less toxic species found in runoff. Corn was planted as a cover crop and chicken manure was applied in either a pelletized form or a raw litter form. Reduced tillage and no tillage treatments were also employed. Samples of surface runoff were collected after 10 rain storms during the 2008 summer growing season from April through July.

Sudarshan Dutta, the author of the study, found that the amounts of estrogen were lower in plots fertilized with pelletized manure and plots that received no-tillage treatments.

Here are two good resources for pelletized chicken manure:

http://www.chickitydoodoo.com/

http://www.perdueagrirecycle.com/

 

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 http://blog.calciumproducts.com/ .

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Huma-what?

We are always looking for new products and ideas to help farmers increase yields, quality and sustain the soil. We think humates and humic acid products are something you should look at.

For more on what humates are.

Here is a short list of Humate Benefits:

  • Improved Water Retention, and water holding capacity
  • Humates can hold up to 20 times their weight in water. 
  • Humic substances can enhance the release of fixed K from montmorillonite soils.
  • Addition of humic acids can increase P uptake by 25%.
  • Humic substances will increase length, and number of lateral roots, seedling growth after germination, nutrient availability and nutrient uptake.
  • These substances also affect a wide range of enzymatic processes
This fall we will have a high quality humate product available, HumaCal.
 

HumaCal is a uniquely synergistic pelletized humate product made with calcium and sulfur. It naturally and effectively provides nutrients, chelating agents, buffering properties and biological stimulation to soil. HumaCal improves plant uptake of soil nutrients, stabilizes nitrogen, stimulates root growth and mass, and increases soil water holding capacity in various agricultural, turf and ornamental applications.

 

HumaCal’s unique pelletizing process allows clean, virtually dust free applications. These all-natural products are NOP approved and OMRI listed. HumaCal is non-toxic and non-corrosive.

 

HumaCal can be applied alone or blended with other fertilizers. HumaCal pellets are tightly screened for accurate blending with other fertilizer ingredients and precision application with any dry fertilizer spreader. HumaCal is recommended as part of a regular soil fertility regime and may be applied anytime, even at planting.

 

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Return of White Mold

The cooler than normal weather, all the rain and higher humidity could mean the return of white mold.

White mold, also known as sclerotinia stem rot, is caused by the fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. It appears as fluffy white mycelial growth, most prominently on the stems. White mold is heavily influenced by weather and microclimatic conditions. Progress of the disease is favored by below-average air temperatures, high relative humidity, and soil moisture. When these conditions occur during the two weeks prior to peak flower on the lower stems, the disease incidence can be especially severe.

With higher commodity prices growers have been managing for higher yield levels. Many of the practices associated with these trends— shorter rotations, narrower rows, earlier planting—create a less healthy environment that favors white mold development. At the Iowa State ICMC conference it was suggested to avoid white mold don’t try and grow high yielding soybeans. Thanks for the help!

You could try a variety that is resistant to white mold, but those varieties are usually lower yielding than the susceptible genetics.

If you want high yielding white mold free soybeans, start with the soil. I showed Craig Grau, Professor of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin- Madison our research on stopping white mold. He told me that yes gypsum applied before planting is a great preventative to white mold.

 
See our research on white mold. Don't give up on high yielding soybeans, start with Super Cal SO4, pelletized gypsum

 

 

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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Rolaids for your soil

Many enjoyed a long weekend filled with friends, grilling and lots of food. Ever notice how the first bratwursts tastes way better than the fifth?

I might have over done it on brats, burgers, cookies, and ice cream this weekend!
By Monday afternoon the only thing that sounded good was a couple of Rolaids and a nap.

The same thing happens when you over feed your soil. You don’t get near the yield (enjoyment) from the last 50 pounds of nitrogen as the first 50. In fact adding too much nitrogen requires that you add lime to you soil. Liming your soil works like Rolaids in your belly. It reduces the acidity of the soil, so when you add more food (N), you enjoy higher yields.

With the costs of fertilizer inputs, now is the time to look at a program to lime fields that have proper fertility levels. By keeping you pH neutral you can increase plant available N, P, and K 25%-100% versus letting your soil get acid.

Avoid low available fertilizer, poor root growth, and low yields by keeping your pH neutral with SuperCal 98G

 

 

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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Pasture Management

The current cost of fertilizer, corn, and land has many livestock owners wondering how to stay profitable. Unfortunately there are not quick solutions. This article on nutrient cycling in pastures should help. I have condensed it for quicker reading. 

Appropriate pasture management can enhance the nutrient cycle, increase productivity, and reduce costs. Two practical indicators of soil health are the number of earthworms and the percentage of organic matter in the soil.
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Solve common lawn problems with SuperCal SO4

We mostly focus on row crops in our blog, however with the first day of spring here and warmer temperatures, many are thinking about their grass.

For much of the Midwest the winter was very long with lots of snow and ice. To keep sidewalks clear lots of salt was used. Excess salt creates growth problems along the edges of sidewalks and streets. SuperCal SO4 is the best product to reduce the harmful effects of salt.

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 Severe de-icer burn, image credit: www.ag.utah.gov

Have pets? SuperCal SO4 applied to urine burn spots will help facilitate faster re-growth.

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 Love your pet, hate your lawn?

Early spring is a great time to apply SuperCal SO4 to increase water infiltration, improve root growth, and naturally aerate the soil. Applications of SuperCal SO4 improves plant vigor, keeps it greener though prolonged drought periods, provides calcium for reduced fungus, and sulfur for greener grass, and is safe for the environment.

SuperCal SO4 can be safely used at high rates on mature turf grass, but other amendments often must be used at lower rates;

Elemental Sulfur (S), should only be applied at high rates to bare soil as long as it is mixed in and left for a few weeks are allowed for equilibration. During those weeks the soil should be kept moist and soil temperatures should be above 55 degrees to allow biological conversion of S into H2SO4. Elemental S and other S sources (except gypsum) should not be applied to a mature turf grass above 5# S per 1,000 sqft to avoid foliar burn and excessive acidity at the soil surface. Sulfur fertilizers containing N are limited per application by the turf grass N requirement.

It is always best to start with a soil sample before applying any fertilizers or amendments. Once a need for SuperCal SO4 has been established use at the following rates;

Established Lawns:
40#'s per 1000 sqft applied spring and fall thoroughly watered in.

Salt affected areas:
After initial spring application, frequent applications of 10-15 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. throughout the growing season may be required to maintain optimum growing conditions. Final rates should be determined on the basis of a soil test.

New Seeding and Sod:
Apply 100 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. prior to seeding or sodding. Water thoroughly.

Heavy Clay or Compacted Soil:
Spread 100-150 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. annually in the spring and fall to maintain soil condition. Water thoroughly.

Applying SuperCal SO4 to your yard will ensure it stays green, reduce your water bill, and make you the envy of your neighbors.

 
Have the lawn of your dreams 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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