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Turf Products

Gorgeous turf begins with healthy, fertile soil, and Calcium Products knows soil. We’ve got over 25 years experience helping the agriculture community understand natural soil fertility, and since 2009, we’ve shared our soil science expertise with the turf industry as well. Remove salt left behind by effluent water, improve soil structure, create better waterways and break up compaction quickly with our SO4, containing the purest gypsum available on the market. Check out SO4, as well as our other great products below and see what Calcium Products can do for you.


North American Soils Lack Zinc

While its true calcium may be King, all nutrients have an important part to play in plant health and high yields. I just saw an article on the lack of zinc in North American Soils. Of 4.4 million tests taken in 2010 37% showed less than 1 ppm Zn, with 16% of those less than 0.5 ppm. 

You can order the full IPNI report Soil Test leaves in North America 2010 by clicking on the previous link.

Zinc is a component of enzymes including auxins (plant growth hormones). It is essential to carbohydrate metabolism, protein synthesis and internodal elongation (stem growth). 


Here is a great post by AgriGold Hybrids on Zinc.

Here is a summary of the post:

... showed a 53 bushel increase in yield by adding one pound of zinc to a starter. 


...common symptoms associated with zinc deficiency in corn results in a white or yellow band that runs parallel with the mid rib. Other problems associated with zinc deficiency include:

• Poor root development
• Stunted growth
• Small leaves
• Shortened internodes
• Delayed silking and tasseling
• Chalky kernels

There is also the hidden deficiency that has no symptoms.  Hidden zinc deficiencies are well documented in corn and reductions in yield can be up to 40%.  Therefore the best method to determine if zinc is deficient is by taking soil samples to determine the levels of zinc in the soil.

Calcium Product's Note: It is well documented that many deficiencies can take up to 2 weeks to show visual response and up to 2 more weeks to correct. This whole time you are losing yield you cannot recover.

Don't let your yields suffer from hidden hunger, make sure you include micronutrients as part of your fertility 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 Sales and Marketing Manager at Calcium Products. Find other articles by Craig and guest writers at .







Women, food & ag conference in Des Moines

 We wanted to pass on some info on a January event that sounds fabulous — "Women Transforming the Landscape" is the 2012 Women, Food & Agriculture Network's annual conference. This year it's Jan. 20-21 in Des Moines and includes a keynote by Debra Eschmeyer, program director of FoodCorps. The conference includes a progressive dinner at some local restaurants and a great local winery.

Definitely sounds like a great event. Check it out or share it with women you know who may be interested!


SmartPhone Apps for Farmers

Smartphones are growing in use by many farmers. Our team has scoured the web looking for helpful smartohone applications. Let us know if we missed any and we’ll add them to the list!
Business / Office / News
By The Farm Progress Companies. Available for both Android and iPhone platforms.
Cost: Free
Farm Futures now offers the agricultural industry’s first management-oriented smartphone application that provides the most current and insightful market analysis, enhanced user-customized live CBOT/CME market quotes, ag news and audio content – and more – all updated throughout each business day.
The Farm Futures app puts the key ag information producers and anyone in the ag industry needs each day to stay current.
• Top industry news and views
• Market insight from ag’s leading market analysts
• Preset CBOT/CME market quotes overview
• User-customized commodities portfolio
• Audio podcasts from Farm Futures editors
• Blogs and commentary from Farm Futures’ analysts and economists
By Sandhills Publishing. Available for Android platform.
Cost: Free
Featuring thousands of listings from hundreds of dealers through North America, TractorHouse for Android lets you drill down instantly to the category, make, and model you need.
Full-color photos, complete descriptions, and location maps for each machine are included. TractorHouse finds your location and first displays the for-sale listings closest to you. Find your equipment, contact the seller, and make your best deal.
By Telvent DTN, Inc. For iphone platform
Cost: Free
DTN/The Progressive Farmer: Agriculture News, Markets and Weather. Get the agriculture industry’s most powerful content app specifically designed for the iPad. This app meets your information needs with access to award-winning agriculture news, commodity market data, and industry-specific weather intelligence. 
Agronomy / Soils / Crops
By SDSU AgBio Communications. Available for Android platform.
Cost: Free
This iPhone application was assembled to provide growers and crop managers in South Dakota and nearby states with easy-to-use and handy diagnostic information for a number of major or potentially problematic soybean diseases. It is intended to provide a starting point for management decisions. All management decisions remain the responsibility of the individual grower or crop manager.
By Smith Farm Apps. Available for iPhone platform
Cost: $2.99
An innovative Application providing the professional agriculture/farming community real time useful calculations for the planting of corn from specific inputs resulting in the correct spacing of the corn being planted. Inputs such as population desired, cost per acre, seed counts and spacing in inches or in a metric format are achi

SuperCal 98G Better than the Next Big Thing

The next big thing is doing something with an old thing.

No limestone is not new. Knowledge of the value of lime in agriculture is ancient, but agricultural use only became widely possible when the use of coal made it cheap in the late 13th century.

Back in the day before high powered crushers lime was quarried through burning it. This quick lime was mainly used in mortar, but some did reach farm fields.

In the 1950’s when mechanization became main stream and we were in the height of road building, cheap crushed limestone became the norm. This is the product most still use today. The chips and dust from making aggregate for road stone and cement.

While we didn’t invent the use of limestone in agriculture we are improving on it. Our process takes some of the purest limestone on the planet, grinding it past 100 mesh, and then pelletizing* it for ease of handling. It is the purity and fineness of grind that makes it so effective.

Ag Leader didn’t make GPS, they made it more effective for farming

John Deere didn’t invent the plow, he made it better

Henry Ford didn’t develop the car, he helped get it to the masses

With apologies to Seth

*No pelletizing isn't new, its been around since the 70's. However everyone is pelletzing the course ground leftovers of crushing aggreget. This doesn't make it more effective, just more expensive!

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Does agriculture have an image problem?

My oldest son graduates from high school next weekend, & I have been fortunate to attend some of his activities during his senior year.  One of these events was the 2009 National FFA Convention last October. 

Mike Rowe, from "Dirty Jobs," gave one of the best received speeches while I was there.  I ran across some comments that Mike made about his appearance here

Does agriculture have an image problem? Maybe. I am not convinced that it does. It is challenged by things such as GMOs, livestock confinement, and preserving natural resources.  But agriculture, like everything else, will always have (has always had) its challenges.  I think that addressing the root problem (i.e. soil erosion), is a much better use of time & resources than fixing an image problem.

What do you think?


Is the price to high, or does it cost too much?

Everyone wants to know how much does that cost? What is the price of that?

Are you concerned with the value on the bill (price), or are concerned with what that purchase can do for your bottom line, how it affects other areas of your business (cost). Price and cost are two separate terms, with two separate meanings.

Example: Comparing a JD 9660 combine versus a JD 4400

Price of JD 9660 - $150,000 no heads

Price of JD 4400 - $6500 w/heads

If you only ask the price, the 4400 sounds like a bargain. It’s 1/5 the cost of a 9660, has the heads as part of the deal. If they both can harvest grain what else besides the price is there to compare?

The problem is if you don’t figure the cost of each combine it is not an accurate comparison.

 9660 Cost

4400 Cost

 Repairs, its new so none

 Lots of repairs, its old

 Capacity, 15-20 acres per hour

 Capacity, 2.5-5 acres per hour

 Comfort, auto controls, grain loss monitoring

  Loud, hot, dusty, and loud

 Get harvest done quickly, get on with life  Harvest all winter, lose part of crop due to snow
 Opportunity cost of money  Pay for combine with sofa change
 Cost of fuel, 1-2 gal per acre  Cost of fue,l 3-5 gal per acre

There are many other cost that could be considered as well, for the guy farming 150 acres a 4400 is likely the right machine. If you farm a 1000 acres or more a bigger machine makes more sense. If you are not doing this kind of analysis with each purchase on your farm, you may be missing a better opportunity, losing money on a poor purchase, and not operating as efficiently as possible.

This kind of analysis applies to your fertilizer inputs as well. What is the value on the bill for lime (price). Should you buy a lime product that is $110 per ton, or one that is $22 per ton. Did you stop to figure the cost?



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!


Increasing Hybrid Standability

It seems like every week I see more corn blown down. This fall many agronomists and farmers will spend hours finding the right hybrids to avoid lodging next year. Picking the right hybrid for your situation is important, and hybrids with good roots should be used.

How much time will you spend finding ways to improve soil quality and fertility? We think taking care of the soil is even more important than hybrid selection. Soils that have good physical properties will make a strong rooting hybrid perform even better.

SuperCal SO4 increase water and oxygen infiltration in the soil. This creates a friendly environment for beneficial insects and bacteria, which increases rooting, reducing lodging.

SuperCal SO4 contains 17% sulfur in the sulfate form. Sulfur is key in converting nitrate to ammonium N. Having high amounts of sulfur ensures that expensive nitrogen in fully utilized, resulting in a stronger, better yielding plant.

DKC 52-40, Winnebago County, IA

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 Applied 300 lbs, SuperCal SO4

 No SuperCal SO4

This customer noticed that the untreated portions of his field had more down corn. A walk of the field showed that stalk quality was much better in the SuperCal SO4 treated area, the ears were bigger and more filled out. In the non-treated area the corn was germinating on the ear!

We will post pictures of the field and will have yield maps available after harvest to see what the yield difference was between SuperCal SO4 and the untreated lodging corn.

Calcium Products, lower input costs, higher yields, better hybrid standablity


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!  


Buying on Price

If you’re in the crop inputs business then you know that everyone sells what you sell. With the high cost of inputs, the customer is looking for the lowest price on nitrogen and glyphosate. The successful dealer knows that both those statements are false.

If you sell your services at the lowest price, you will only be successful until a cheaper or better consultant comes along. While customers do look for fair prices, it is not the only criteria for doing business with you;

Trust and integrity
Clean and professional offices and facilities
Completing jobs on time
Spreaders and applicators that are well maintained
Staff that has knowledge of GPS/GIS equipment
Knowledge of innovative products and practices
Continuing education and training

When a customer ask why he should spend fifty cents more an acre for your services, be prepared to explain it. Explain it in specific terms relevant to that customers operation. “We are full service”, or “our equipment is better”, will not cut it. “We are not the cheapest, but have always sprayed your fields on time”, is expected from every dealer, by every customer today.

The successful dealer knows that while they offer products like nitrogen and glyphosate, the real sale is their expertise. Helping their customers find the best solutions for their operation, not selling them the cheapest products, is what makes them and their customers successful

Your customers will spend millions of dollars with you; they want more than full service and cheap prices. They expect that your expertise will help them be successful, that you are always looking for innovative ways to make their lives more profitable and easier.

We can help you bring innovative products and service to your customers. Give us a call.


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!  


The problem with liming

There is an old saying, the hardest part about milking cows is, they never stay milked. The thing about that statement is, if you can’t do anything about it, it’s not a problem; it’s a fact of life. So how do you deal with a fact? Ignoring that fact only leads to failure. Your only choice is to recognize the fact and implement processes that make that fact easier to deal with.

The facts of farming

Soil quality is the same kind of “problem”. Almost every thing you do to farm the land destroys the quality of your soil. Applying nitrogen causes acidity, decreases organic matter and can reduce beneficial soil bacteria. Tilling the soil does all the above plus causes compaction. Planting only one type of crop increases diseases and insects. Spraying herbicides/insecticides can reduce beneficial bacteria and insects and increase soil diseases such as fusarium.

You can avoid the facts, do nothing and grow a poor crop, reducing soil quality. This approach will lead to decreased yield over time, and/or increased inputs. We think its better to make a few simple, inexpensive changes that make the facts easier to deal with. Small steps that will maintain and/or improve your soil quality, leading to better yield and reduced inputs over time.

The problem with liming is, the soil never stays limed

Having low pH can radically change the amount and types of weeds growing in your fields and changes the way herbicides work. Having a neutral pH allows the herbicides your using to work better, reduces the amount and vigor of weeds. That means you can use the lower rates on the label and have great control, the lower rates means there is less impact to beneficial bacteria. That results in a healthier plant with better yield, a lower herbicide bill, and happier customers.

Over-applying ag lime causes the soil to become alkaline. Alkaline soils suffer similar problems. Increase diseases, changes in the weed spectrum and reduces herbicide efficacy. Keeping soil pH neutral is the best strategy. SuperCal 98G allows you to do that with yearly or bi-yearly maintenance, for roughly the same cost as an application of gyphosate.

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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