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Calcium Products - Items filtered by date: December 2012

Iowa Power Farming Show

Come see us in Des Moines this week at the Iowa Power Farming Show. We're booth 2508.

Here's a $3 coupon off admission.

If you park at the Iowa Cubs stadium you can take a free shuttle (sponsored by us!) to the show - much easier than trying to park by the Events Center.

At 12:15 each day you can catch our presentation on Soil pH & Yield - check your event program for location.

If you want to leave the Event Center & grab a bite to eat, Buzzard Billy's is in walking distance and is a good place to grab a bite to eat.

Cya in Des Moines!

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Soil health

One of our Calcium Products team ran across this USDA piece on soil health. It's compiled by the Soil Quality National Technology Development Team. We think it serves as a nice overview of what soil health means and why it's important!

Soil health is the basis for all we do. We have several agronomy experts on our staff and we'd love to answer questions about the topic. If you have any - please let us know!

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Calcium nitrate-what is it?

I have had some recent questions about calcium nitrate. Calcium nitrate, chemically known as ammonium calcium nitrate decahydrate (5Ca(NO3)2*NH4NO3*10H2O), is a white, hygroscopic, dry water-soluble material. It is 15.5% nitrogen and 19% calcium (15.5-0-0-19Ca). It is produced by reacting nitric acid with crushed phosphate ore and then neutralized with ammonia.

It is considered a 'double growth' fertilizer, since both the calcium and the nitrate contribute to plant growth. It is highly hygroscopic, and needs to be stored in a cool, dry location. Some formulations are coated to help retard moisture absorption during storage.

Compared to other nitrogen fertilizers such as urea or ammonium nitrate, it receives little attention. Many of the discussions I have heard about it originated from biological farmers, and they gave excellent reviews of its attributes. Several commented that using calcium nitrate, and calcium sulfate (SuperCal SO4) together produced some great results.

Because of its hygroscopic properties, I do not recommend mixing calcium nitrate with either SuperCal 98G, or SuperCal SO4, until it is time for application. Storing them as blended material would likely lead to particle degradation in storage.

Article sources:

  • Western Fertilizer Handbook, 9th Edition
  • www.yara.com
  • Wikipedia
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We're out & about - stop by & say hi?

Stop by booth 218 at the Wisconsin Crop Management conference in the Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center and say hi to Pete!

Or, if you're at the South Dakota Ag Retail show in Sioux Falls, stop by booth 58 & say hi to Glen!

Later this month we'll be at the Iowa Power Farming Show and the Iowa Turfgrass conference — both in Des Moines, IA!

 

And in February, you can find us at:

The Golf Industry Show Feb. 6-7. We don't have a booth but our Brian Milam will be there to talk to customers and introduce other folks to our products' amazing impact on turf!

Agribusiness Assoc. of Iowa show on Feb. 12-13 (booth 121). Our own Craig Dick will even be speaking at 10 a.m. & 11 a.m. on Feb. 12.

 

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