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Calcium and pH Get the Spotlight in Farm Journal

Earlier this month, Farm Journal posted a good article online.  There are a couple of things we need to help them out on.

The liming process revolves around calcium, as Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie has explained at several sessions of Farm Journal Corn College.

Actually it is the carbonate that changes pH. Calcium merely takes hydrogen’s place on the soil colloid.

"Calcium deficiency in plants is rare," Ferrie says. "It’s calcium’s role in the soil, in regulating acidity, or pH, that farmers need to be concerned with."

Yes calcium deficiency is rare; however, pH is the measurement of hydrogen (this is where pH comes from, Potential Hydrogen). Calcium has little to do with pH regulation.

This is one of the best most concise explanations of what calcium does for the soil;

“In the soil, calcium holds the key to healthy structure, Ferrie continues. That’s because a calcium ion has two valence electrons, or positive charges. Such an ion is called a cation (pronounced "cat-ion").

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  • Published in Sulfur

Iowa Independent Crop Consultants Meeting

 

I spoke today to the Iowa independent Crop Consultants Association about Sulfur. Was a great group of guys who asked a ton of questions.

Here is the link to my presentation http://prezi.com/chqgvtiqpnul/sulfur/

Here are some quick links to our literature on Sulfur:

 Calcium & sulfur fertilization

SuperCal SO4

SO4 vs FGD

Blog Artilces on Sulfur

Thanks for the opportunity to present today!

 

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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  • Published in Sulfur

Iowa Independent Crop Consultants Meeting

 

I spoke today to the Iowa independent Crop Consultants Association about Sulfur. Was a great group of guys who asked a ton of questions.

Here is the link to my presentation http://prezi.com/chqgvtiqpnul/sulfur/

Here are some quick links to our literature on Sulfur:

 Calcium & sulfur fertilization

SuperCal SO4

SO4 vs FGD

Blog Artilces on Sulfur

Thanks for the opportunity to present today!

 

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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Agronomist Reactions to The Soils Conference

On Jan 24th and 25th Calcium Products held a soil and fertility conference for its dealers and professional agronomist. Here is what some of the attendees had to say about the program.

 

 

We had a great turn out and would like to thank everyone who came out. Escpecially the speakers and those that contributed to the video footage!

You can see more vidoe of the conference here.

View the presentations here.

In the next few weeks we will have all of the presentations on our YouTube page. We'll let you know as soon as it's posted!

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Agronomist Reactions to The Soils Conference

On Jan 24th and 25th Calcium Products held a soil and fertility conference for its dealers and professional agronomist. Here is what some of the attendees had to say about the program.

 

 

We had a great turn out and would like to thank everyone who came out. Escpecially the speakers and those that contributed to the video footage!

You can see more vidoe of the conference here.

View the presentations here.

In the next few weeks we will have all of the presentations on our YouTube page. We'll let you know as soon as it's posted!

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My first farm show

Hi, my name is Courtney and I'm a city girl that's infiltrating the world of agriculture. Last week I worked the Calcium Products booth at the Iowa Power Farming Show and had a few observations to share.

But first, lest you think I'm kidding about the 'city girl' label, you should know that I've never NOT lived in an urban or suburban area. Even though I went to college here in Iowa and graduated with a few majors they were all in the journalism and design fields. The things I currently grow, or have grown, all fit in a backyard garden plot or a lovely counter or porch pot. Much to the consternation of my farm-raised husband, I call everything from a riding mower to a combine a "tractor." I was hired by Calcium Products to help with marketing and to promote our homeowner line of products. But because we're a small company and we all fill in where needed I've been learning more about ag.

So, without delay, here's a few things I learned at my first farm show:

1.  While most crops flourish the 6.5-6.8 pH range, as home lawns do, alfalfa tends to like a tad higher alkalinity.

2.  Farmers are loyal to the brands they love. I didn't even know there were so many options for logo-branded merchandise! I don't think I saw a single person sans logo or name of an ag-related company. I even saw one strapping lad in John Deere hat, shirt and belt buckle — I get it, you bleed green & gold!

3.  Even if your soil is naturally neutral or alkaline, the regular application of P&K will acidify it. Often a regular low-dose application of our SuperCal 98G lime will help keep things balanced.

4.  Men really are just little boys with toys, they're just bigger. Walking through the large equipment room of the show made me feel about ant-sized. Holy canoli, those are giant tractors! (teasing, teasing!)

5.  Many fields are sulfur-deficient. With cleaner air, our soil isn't pulling sulfur from the environment like it used to so we need to add it (via our SuperCal SO4 is a good way!).

6.  While everyone is loving this extremely warm/dry winter, we're all worrying about the drought. Did you know regular application of gypsum helps your soil be most efficient with the water it has?

7.  Farmers can't get enough pocket-sized notebooks. 

8.  The ag community is extremely welcoming and friendly. So many folks attend shows just to chat and make new friends.

9.  The number one most shocking thing I learned - so many farmers aren't soil testing. They have no idea what nutrients their soil (and therefore their crops) are lacking. They have no idea what their pH range is. This truly blew my mind. I heard so many reasons/excuses/theories I was aghast. One person was applying amendments based on their neighbor's soil tests (from now on I'm going to borrow my neighbor's grocery shopping list. I'm sure it'll be the same thing I need, right?). One guy said he applies ag lime every year even though he hasn't tested in years and had no idea what his pH is. I asked why waste the money since he might not even need it and he said he likes the tax deduction. (Weird, I'd prefer to save money and improve yield!) Several people said they only apply what they apply every year; no changes ever. (If you ate the exact same meal every day, every year, would you get all the nutrients your body needed?) And the story I heard repeatedly that still amazes me - farmers applying based on a soil test from YEARS ago. (If my husband and I applied that same practice to our rental property business, we could just buy 20 faucets this year because that's what we needed in 2006?)

 

What other things will shock me as I learn more about agriculture?

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My first farm show

Hi, my name is Courtney and I'm a city girl that's infiltrating the world of agriculture. Last week I worked the Calcium Products booth at the Iowa Power Farming Show and had a few observations to share.

But first, lest you think I'm kidding about the 'city girl' label, you should know that I've never NOT lived in an urban or suburban area. Even though I went to college here in Iowa and graduated with a few majors they were all in the journalism and design fields. The things I currently grow, or have grown, all fit in a backyard garden plot or a lovely counter or porch pot. Much to the consternation of my farm-raised husband, I call everything from a riding mower to a combine a "tractor." I was hired by Calcium Products to help with marketing and to promote our homeowner line of products. But because we're a small company and we all fill in where needed I've been learning more about ag.

So, without delay, here's a few things I learned at my first farm show:

1.  While most crops flourish the 6.5-6.8 pH range, as home lawns do, alfalfa tends to like a tad higher alkalinity.

2.  Farmers are loyal to the brands they love. I didn't even know there were so many options for logo-branded merchandise! I don't think I saw a single person sans logo or name of an ag-related company. I even saw one strapping lad in John Deere hat, shirt and belt buckle — I get it, you bleed green & gold!

3.  Even if your soil is naturally neutral or alkaline, the regular application of P&K will acidify it. Often a regular low-dose application of our SuperCal 98G lime will help keep things balanced.

4.  Men really are just little boys with toys, they're just bigger. Walking through the large equipment room of the show made me feel about ant-sized. Holy canoli, those are giant tractors! (teasing, teasing!)

5.  Many fields are sulfur-deficient. With cleaner air, our soil isn't pulling sulfur from the environment like it used to so we need to add it (via our SuperCal SO4 is a good way!).

6.  While everyone is loving this extremely warm/dry winter, we're all worrying about the drought. Did you know regular application of gypsum helps your soil be most efficient with the water it has?

7.  Farmers can't get enough pocket-sized notebooks. 

8.  The ag community is extremely welcoming and friendly. So many folks attend shows just to chat and make new friends.

9.  The number one most shocking thing I learned - so many farmers aren't soil testing. They have no idea what nutrients their soil (and therefore their crops) are lacking. They have no idea what their pH range is. This truly blew my mind. I heard so many reasons/excuses/theories I was aghast. One person was applying amendments based on their neighbor's soil tests (from now on I'm going to borrow my neighbor's grocery shopping list. I'm sure it'll be the same thing I need, right?). One guy said he applies ag lime every year even though he hasn't tested in years and had no idea what his pH is. I asked why waste the money since he might not even need it and he said he likes the tax deduction. (Weird, I'd prefer to save money and improve yield!) Several people said they only apply what they apply every year; no changes ever. (If you ate the exact same meal every day, every year, would you get all the nutrients your body needed?) And the story I heard repeatedly that still amazes me - farmers applying based on a soil test from YEARS ago. (If my husband and I applied that same practice to our rental property business, we could just buy 20 faucets this year because that's what we needed in 2006?)

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Not just a Calcium Products company…

With my job and I am very fortunate to travel all across this great country of ours. I have an opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and introduce them to Calcium Products, Inc. Typically, I give them my 30 second elevator speech about who Calcium Products are and then depending on who I am talking with I will expand into a more detailed account of our company.

Most people can figure out what we do simply by looking at our company name, but we are so much more than that. While calcium certainly plays a huge role in our base ingredients for manufacturing we actually blend 9 of the 16 essential  plant nutrients in our base calcium products. You could make a very strong case however we blend  12 out of 16 if you include Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen.

If you are going to be growing anything, whether it is corn or beans to flowers and turf, all plant life needs to have some percentage of all 16 nutrients to survive. Three of the 16 essentials are provided from air and water; carbon (C), hydrogen (h) and oxygen (O), the remaining 13 are taken up from the soil; nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), potassium (K), calcium (Ca), sulphur (S), magnesium (Mg), boron (B), chlorine (Cl), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), molybdenum (Mo), zinc (Zn).

If 81% of the essential nutrients are taken up from the soil, wouldn’t a grower need to have the properly conditioned soil to grow in? Our answer at Calcium Products is yes!

You see, at Calcium Products we strive to create the most ideal soil environment to feed the world, inspire outdoor recreation and develop products that are vital to the stewardship of land and water resources.

Here is a look at our products and the nutrients we supply to the growers of the world:

SuperCal SO4–  21% calcium (Ca), 17% sulphur (S) {in our gypsum, we actually have 2 extra water molecules attached to the crystalline structure of the gypsum, therefore you can include hydrogen (H) and oxygen (O) to the nutrient mix.}

SuperCal 98G–  36% calcium (Ca), <0.5% magnesium (Mg)

Triplicity  13% carbon (C), 37% calcium (Ca), 0.5% sulphur (S), 0.3% magnesium (Mg)

HumaCal–  18% calcium (Ca), 5% sulphur (S) {also contains 30% humate materials}

SuperCal 15K–  15% potassium (K2O), 1% calcium (Ca), 9% sulphur (S)

MicroHume–  5% calcium (Ca), 8% sulphur (S), 2% boron (B), 1% copper (Cu), 2% manganese (Mn), 3% zinc (Zn)

Sulphur Plus–  2% potassium (K2O), 1% calcium (Ca), 9% sulphur (S) 

Whether you’re a farmer or a gardener, a turf professional or a homeowner, you need products that can supply the nutrients that your plant needs to survive. So the next time you are looking for a full line of products, remember Calcium Products isn’t just a calcium company!

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On the Tee Segment

So what do Spring Valley Golf Course in Livermore, IA and Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, CA have in common? Recently, I had an opportunity to spend some time with our good friends at the Iowa Sports Connection and talk golf. If you follow the PGA Tour, you know that last week Torrey Pines hosted the Farmer’s Insurance Open. What was more amazing than Kyle Stanley’s epic collapse on the 18th fairway was the conditioning of the golf course. Thanks to SuperCal SO4, the players were treated to the best conditions in the history of the tournament.

Listen to my segment from “On the Tee” radio show below:

“On the Tee” Interview

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