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Calcium Products - Items filtered by date: August 2009

I was wrong

In a past blog, on treating manure with SuperCal SO4 , I made some assumptions and statements on heating air with high rates of ammonia that were not quite accurate.

Bill Walker with CPS, pointed this out to me a number of months ago. Dan Gabig wrote me recently with similar comments: "Now as to the increase in propane usage associated with the higher specific heat of ammonia gas versus ambient air.  Craig forgets to factor in that his example barn had 125 PARTS PER MILLION of ammonia.  Hence one would only have a mixed specific heat of 1.55 times the ammonia content of only 125 divided by 1,000,000 and .885 times 999,875 [1,000,000 - 125] for the remainder of the barn air.  So the increase in propane usage as a result of the higher specific heat associated with the tiny percentage of ammonia instead of lower specific heat for the non-ammonical air (e.g. nitrogen and oxygen) is incredibly little!!!!!  Definitely not a economic consideration for litter treatments."

I admit Bill and Dan are right. It is not that your heating the ammonia in the air that is the big savings. However there is big cost savings associated with exhaust fans not running as much, not venting heated air and reheating fresh air. Add that to the fact the increase in bird health, rate of gain and lower death loss from less ammonia in the air, and the costs and savings start adding up.

I was also wrong the the cost of PLT, it $398 per ton not per 50 lb bag. Even at that price SuperCal SO4 cost less than half of what PLT does! Still a huge savings.

I will stand by SuperCal SO4 as a great, inexpensive poultry litter treatment. We currently have it in laboratory testing and the tests are backing us up. I look forward to publishing that information latter this fall. If your a farmer and want to test it for yourself, give us a call, we would love your feedback.

Again, I just didn't have it quite right, and I appreciate Bill and Dan's attention to detail and willingness to let me know that. Thanks for setting me strait!

  • Published in Corn

Field Day Update - Verity Farms - Updated

12-17-09 UPDATE: Just spoke to Howard, the corn on this plot avg 214 bu. at 16 moisture! Way to go Howard!

On Monday I attended the Verity Farms Field Day. Howard is doing is really doing some tremendous things to and for his soil. The field that the following video was taken in is Corn on Alfalfa ground. Notice all the earth worm casting, worms, and worm holes. It has been a long time since I have seen a shovel able to be put into the soil its full depth. 

Fertilizer Applications:

Super 98G Pelletized Lime - 500 pounds - $35.50
Seed LG 2509 (30,000 population) - $40.80
12-0-0-26 4 GPA                          - $ 6.84
3-18-18 SG 8.5 GPA                     - $64.94
Verity Micros 1 Qt. per acre           - $11.23
Borre-Gro HA           1.55 lb. /Acre - $ 12.40
Burn down Strikeout 1 qt.LV6 - 8oz. - $8.97
Laudis-2oz Atrazine-1pt. Adjuvants - $14.00
Total Seed fert. chemical                  $194.68*

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What's really stunning is these results were achieved with so little applied fertilizer, no fungicide. Notice how green and blemish free the stalk is. There was absolutely no stalk rots to be found any where in this field! Expected yield is 200+ bushels.

We were very excited to be a part of the field day and see the dramatic changes that Howard's program and SuperCal 98G have achieved.  Please contact us or Verity Farms to find out how to return your soil to the soft fertile sponge it was meant to be!

*Pretty exciting that Howard will net close to $400 per acre this year ($3 corn*200 - $200 inputs).



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