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Calcium Products - Items filtered by date: June 2012

Stop by and see us at the Ag Media Summit!

We're excited to be at the Ag Media Summit Aug. 4-8 in New Mexico! The sessions sound great and we know we'll meet some amazing folks. Are you going?

If you're there, please stop by and see us at booth #76.

 

Yield Starts Here is a blog for farmers, focusing on increasing yield and profitability by focusing on the soil. Courtney Tompkins mainly works on Calcium Products' brand for homeowners but also contributes a random and varied selection of info to Yield Starts Here.

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How to safely remove salt from your soil

Hurricane season has arrived and the experts are expecting a very busy season. Not only do these types of storms leave immediate damage to properties in the form of flooding, wind damage, power outages but it can leave lasting damage to your turf and plants by increasing the amount of salts or sodium to your soils.

Unless you have salt-tolerant grass or plants, which most people do not, high levels of salts can be very devastating to your landscapes. Increased levels of salt act as a barrier to the plant’s cell wall, in essence tricking it into thinking it is in a drought situation even it there is plenty of water. When the plant can’t absorb the water in the soil it will shut down and go into dormancy and eventually will die due to lack of hydration.

There are a few ways to combat the salt issues if you don’t landscape with salt-tolerant plants and turf. You can spend time flushing the areas with clean water until the salts have been leached out of the ground. This takes an extreme amount of water to fully leach out the salts out of the root zone and is an irresponsible use of water in this age of conservation.

The safest, healthiest and most cost efficient way to rid your soil of high levels of salt is to use gypsum. But not just any gypsum, it has to be a calcium sulfate di-hydrate (CaSO4*2H2O). This form of gypsum is by far the most soluble form available. The best calcium sulfate di-hydrate gypsum on the market, SuperCal SO4 by Calcium Products, is extremely effective and efficient in correcting your high sodium levels in the soils.

Application of SuperCal SO4 is very easy. It comes as simple, clean, uniform pellets that can be spread using a broadcast or drop spreader. It is to be topically applied to the turf; for best results follow the application with a light watering to assist in the breakdown of the pellets. Because it is a naturally mined material it can be applied anytime during the year, regardless of the temperature. It will not burn the grass or affect the pH.

For the leaching of the salts due to extreme weather or due to high sodium levels from other factors, increase the suggested application rates from 5-10 pounds per thousand square feet to 20-30 pounds per thousand square feet.

Before long your turf will be thanking you; it will not only be salt free but healthier, stronger and more resistant to drought and disease pressures because the calcium strengthened the cell wall and increased the immune system of the plant.

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Museum exhibit on soil!

    

We were excited to hear the University of Minnesota is soon to have an exhibit entirely on one of our favorite topics - soil! It kicks off November 10 and is called "Dig It! The Secrets of Soil." Here's a little blurb about it from an online U of M newsletter:

Did you know there are more living creatures in a shovelful of soil than there are human beings on the planet? Learn all about soil, one of our planet's most important yet often-ignored components, at "Dig It! The Secrets of Soil," the new exhibit coming this fall to the Bell Museum of Natural History. The exhibit’s timing couldn’t be better, arriving in time to mark theDepartment of Soil, Water and Climate’s centennial celebration. "Dig It!" tells the story of the world beneath our feet through interactive displays, video models, photography and special events. The exhibit is sponsored by the Soil Science Society of America. Visit and discover the complex world of soil, and how this hidden ecosystem supports nearly every form of life on earth. 

If you're in Minnesota or near and get to go, let us know how it is! If we get up there to check it out, we'll also report back.

 

Yield Starts Here is a blog for farmers, focusing on increasing yield and profitability by focusing on the soil. Courtney Tompkins mainly works on Calcium Products' brand for homeowners but also contributes a random and varied selection of info to Yield Starts Here.

    

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I apply ag grade potassium...

How many farmers or dealers are applying a coarse ag grade, phosphorite, Kainite, or sylvinite

The answer is, almost none.

Why? Because highly efficient plant-available sources are available. While the cost of these products on a per ton basis is many times higher than the ore they are derived from, the per acre cost is lower due to the efficiencies gained through the processing and pelletizing or granulation of these materials. This makes the product less expensive and more effective on a per acre basis than shipping and applying many tons of a low grade ore.

Wouldn't it be great if there was someone who manufacted a highly efficient, very pure lime or gypsum product?

Lucky for the farmer there is. SuperCal 98G is the highest quality, highest efficiency liming material avaialble for agriculture. SuperCal SO4 is the country's most effective gypsum product.

Call us, we can show you how to increase yields while decreasing costs!

 

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, the blogronomist and VP of sales and marketing at Calcium Products. Find other articles by Craig and guest writers at blog.calciumproducts.com.

 

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Garden fresh salad

My sister made this fabulous salad over the weekend and many asked for the recipe so I'm going to share it here too! It's so refreshing and simple!

Fresh garden salad

dice up the following garden-fresh ingredients:
  • tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • red/green bell peppers
  • mozzarella
  • basil leaves (chopped up small)
 
mix up these ingredients for dressing:
  • balsamic vinaigrette
  • sugar
  • olive oil
  • shakes of garlic & onion powder
  • a jar of basil pesto (or fresh if you have it)
 
Mix dressing to taste and toss salad in it. Feel free to add other fresh veggies as they're available. I bet sweet corn would be good mixed into this. The fresh, light dressing is key to this salad.
 
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Random acts of kindness do exist!

In today’s world of cynicism and political correctness it’s hard to believe random acts of kindness really do exist! You see, I always have heard stories of this happening to other people but I never thought it would happen to me. Well, thanks to Paula Creamer and the USGA for restoring my optimism that people really care and really do perform random acts of kindness.

My story begins about 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 8, 2012. I woke up with anticipation that I would be attending the U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, WI. (Note: see the word “I” in the sentence) I had asked my daughter, Elizabeth, on Saturday evening if she would be interested in joining me at the championship and she really didn’t think it would be any fun….thanks to her mom and some coaxing it was a day she will never forget!

As we headed to Kohler for the championship, a 5-minute drive from our house, she and I were talking and I asked her is there was anyone she would like to see in particular. I was not surprised to hear her say she wanted to see Paula Creamer. I am positive that it had nothing to do with her golf game; sorry Paula, but my 8-year-old only knew that you always wear pink, which happens to be her favorite color.

Once we arrived at Blackwolf Run, the first thing we needed to do was see what time Paula was going to tee off because that would tell us when we might be able to catch a glimpse of her on the putting green or the driving range before we moved on to some other player. As luck would have it we wandered over to the putting green and within 5 or 10 minutes of waiting, her caddie arrived with Paula’s bag so I told Elizabeth, ‘hang tight it won’t be long.’ A few moments later I spotted Paula coming out of the clubhouse and told E that she was coming. Her comment was, “wow, she’s pretty and I love her pink shirt and bow in her hair.” We watched her eat her banana and roll a few putts. Since the attention span of most 8-year-olds is pretty short, unless it involves the Disney Channel, E was ready to move on and go find a treat. We spent some time on the first tee and then moved over to the 9th green to watch a few players make the turn. I told Elizabeth I wanted to head back to the first tee so I could see the leaders tee off and then we could talk about heading home and watch the finale on TV. She agreed and off we went.

Fortunately, we arrived at the first hole and there was some space on the rope line so I told E she should sit at my feet to be more comfortable. We arrived at the rope around 11 a.m. and only had a few groups to go until the last tee time.

elizabethNow that I have set the scene a bit, the real story now begins. The crowd really started to get heavy on the first hole and E and I had a great position right on the rope line, as the 11:20 tee time leaves the tee for the fairway, the players for the 11:30 tee time arrive and it happened to be Paula Creamer’s group. As she was heading down the hill, I happened to notice she was carrying a small handbag to the tee. I was thinking to myself, ‘where in the world is she going to put that, she’s about to tee off,’ and from the comments around me, I wasn’t the only one thinking that. When she arrived on the tee, she headed over to her caddie, grabbed a Sharpie and walked directly over to my daughter Elizabeth. Asked her what her name was and signed her range ball bag , “To Elizabeth, Love, Paula Creamer”! For that split second, Elizabeth was the most popular person at Blackwolf Run.

Thanks to Paula Creamer, acts of kindness really do happen and yesterday it happened to my family. Not only was it extremely thoughtful and very kind of Paula to take time out of her day to sign her bag for Elizabeth but she also inspired and motivated a young girl to dream a little bigger and to boosted her self-esteem. Paula, I cannot thank you enough. Elizabeth couldn’t stop smiling and neither could I! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Wondering about nutrient levels?

Calcium Products, Inc. is once again sponsoring trials with the Iowa Soybean Associations On-Farm Network. While it’s too late to conduct a SuperCal SO4 trial, you can still be a part of their groundbreaking Nutrient Benchmarking Project.

This is perfect for the farmer wondering about nutrient levels in his field who wants an opinion on fertility from someone that doesn’t sell fertilizer, or just wants to improve their fertility program. Calcium Products, Inc., highly recommends Iowa farmers take part in this tremendous program.

 

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 VP of sales and marketing at Calcium Products. Find other articles by Craig and guest writers at http://blog.calciumproducts.com.

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Happy 4th of July!

 

The Calcium Products family wishes you and your family a very happy, sparkly, patriotism-filled fourth of July! It feels a bit weird to celebrate mid-week but Independence Day is such a wonderful thing to celebrate. Hope you have time with family/friends, get to see a parade &/or some fireworks and taste some yummy Americana dishes like ice cream, sweet corn, homemade pie or burgers from the grill!

 

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Happy 4th of July!

 

The Calcium Products family wishes you and your family a very happy, sparkly, patriotism-filled fourth of July! It feels a bit weird to celebrate mid-week but Independence Day is such a wonderful thing to celebrate. Hope you have time with family/friends, get to see a parade &/or some fireworks and taste some yummy Americana dishes like ice cream, sweet corn, homemade pie or burgers from the grill!

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Holiday hours

Calcium Products' hours for Independence day week: 

  • July 4: Alden & Aplington closed all day. Fort Dodge, closing at 4 a.m. Gilmore City, closed 4 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
  • July 5: normal hours everywhere except no night shift in Gilmore City.
  • July 6: normal hours everywhere.

 

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