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The cost of free product

Think your getting a good deal from free product?

Think there might be a reason someone would pay you to use a product?

Wonder what else you get for ""free"" in power plant gypsum (coal ash, fly ash)?

This is a great article discussing the problems with power plant gypsum.

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=coal-ash-in-soil 

SuperCal SO4 95% pure, has no Arsenic, and is currently under organic review.

 

 

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Liming Doesn't Cost, It Pays!!!

Last year a did a blog on A Pictorial of High Quality Soil. I talked with the farmer soon after that and set up a trial.

We added 400 lbs of SuperCal 98G in one strip. The farmer has a yield monitor and we weighed the strip. It was 20 bushels better than the field average. This was on soybeans.

When looking at the soil analysis it is not hard to predict such a response.

When half of the cationic nutrients are hydrogen, which isn't used for growth, it's no surprise that you would have a dramatic yield increase.

When  I spoke to the farmer recently asking if he was liming this the rest of the field he astutly said "Yes, liming doesn't cost, it pays!"

 

 

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Save yourself from weed control headaches

Input costs is what everyone is talking about right now. How to reduce them, how to use less. We understand the importance of this, but did you know what you apply for fall fertilizers has an effect on your herbicides?

Spring is closer than the weather would have us believe and to get the most out of your soil applied herbicides you'll need proper soil pH. I wrote a great article on this a few years ago and think many of you will find it helpful

http://www.calciumproducts.com/eletters/0705_eletter_print_version_for_blog.pdf

Another great resource is the book Weeds and Why They Grow. Careful planning now can save resprays and yield!

 

 

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Calcium Products Reading List

 
Books bought but unread;

Roots Demystified, Robert Bourik

Building Soils for Better Crops, Fred Magdoff and Harold van Es

More Food From Soil Science, The Natural Chemistry of Lime,  V. A. Tiedjens

From The Soil Up, Donald L. Schriefer

 
Books bought and worthy of your attention;
How Soils Work, Paul Syltie, PH. D.  This book is a very basic introduction into the workings of the soil. I read about 2/3rds of it the first time I picked it up. It’s a quick read and much of this is a refresher for me. This is a great book for anyone who has not taken a university soils course
 
Weeds and Why They Grow, review here
 
Soil Fertility & Animal Health by William A. Albrecht, Ph.D.  , I have read a few chapters of this book. I have been told by many well known consultants that this is “the” book to read on soils. However, Dr. Albrecht was a great scientist and as such his papers read like a science journal. You have to want to read this one, and be ready for some work. While I have to force myself to pick up this book and read a chapter from time to time, I always pick up extremely useful information.
 
Last night I started Bread From Stones, by Julius Hensel.  This book was originally written in 1893 in German, and has since been translated to English. It is a quick read, though a little tough as grammar and names for elements are a little different today than over 100 years ago.
 
Hensel goes into detail the dangers of over applying nitrogen to fields, the dangers of ammonia to animals and how to raise high quality meat, dairy and eggs, and backs it up with chemistry that still holds truth today, even if we’ve forgotten that basic chemistry principles. 
The benefits of fine ground stones where known as far back as Roman times, and Hensel expands “ …every little particle may be rendered accessible to the water and the air, and can, therefore be used as plant food. Thence it follows that one single load of the very finest stone-meal will do as much as twenty loads of coarser products, so that by reducing to the finest dust the cost for freight and carriage…would amount to one-twentieth.”
 
We have known the benefits of finely ground stone dusts (meals) for decades. Many consultants still say it takes tons of lime to change tons of soil, if this were true; wouldn’t it take a ton of MAP to raise your phosphorus levels? The reason it doesn’t is because MAP is fine particles in prills, very reactive in the soil… kind of like SuperCal SO4 and SuperCal 98G!
 

 

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Calcium Products at the Iowa Power Farming Show

Last week was the Iowa Power Farming Show in Des Moines, Iowa. It is one of the largest shows in the Midwest. For the second year we sponsored the buses that gave people free rides from the free parking area a number of blocks from the exposition area. We had many great comments of appreciation for sponsoring the free parking and rides.

We also talked to farmers from central Illinois and Michigan that are using our products. They have found that its worth the drive for SuperCal 98G and SuperCal SO4, the highest quality lime and gypsum anywhere.

And this picture caught my eye.

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What do rims and calcium chloride have to do with soils and crops? Well Phil Globig with Rim Guard discovered years ago that the calcium chloride used to add ballast to tires is highly corrosive. Phil’s company developed a better product that doesn’t ruin your rims.

So what happens when you apply 0-0-60 (KCl, muriate of potash) to your soil? Ever wonder what the Cl in KCl stands for? It is chloride. When you apply KCl to high pH soil you create calcium chloride. Wonder why that high priced seed corn keeps falling over? It’s tough to grow roots in soil that can rust tire rims.

 

 

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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