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Gene Zimmerman with Quality Soil Nutrition, Sheldon Wisconsin was kind enough to send us another picture of SuperCal SO4. Gene has been having tremendous success with weed suppression in forages by using SuperCal SO4. See for yourself!

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Thanks for the photos Gene!

 

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Have You Tested Your Forages Yet?

Have you tested your forages yet?  As our growing season nears completion, & producers get ready for fall, the quality of the forages in livestock's diet declines.  Here is a great resources from Iowa State University Extension on the value in testing your feedstuffs.

http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/Factsheets/Factsheet-stretching-hay-supplies.pdf?utm_source=IBC+Growing+Beef+Newsletter&utm_campaign=887612b4d1-Growing_Beef_Newsletter_September_2010&utm_medium=email

And as you start your preparations for 2011, make sure to include SO4 in your plans!  Having a high quality, soluble source of calcium & sulfur can often improve the quality & quantity of your feed.

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Needing to Plant Forages Now?

As the summer weather continues to challenge us with excessive rainfall, many producers are now considering what their options may be for planting a summer forage for next winter's feed needs.  Dr. Stephen Barnhart, ISU Extension, has some excellent tips & recommendations in this article: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/CropNews/2010/0629barnhart.htm

One issue that Dr. Barnhart does not address is the need to monitor soil nutrients.  Some or all of the nutrients that were applied during this growing season may have been lost.  The only way to know for sure is testing of both the soil & tissue.  Make sure to include these tools as you consider what your next steps once things start drying up.  SuperCal SO4 is an effective tool in helping the soil & microbes begin to recover.

Be sure to check out this link to past stories:

http://blog.calciumproducts.com/posts/resources-on-flooding.cfm

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Are you ready to cut hay?

As we approach the midpoint of May, many farmers are preparing to harvest the 1st cutting of this year's hay crop.  I have noticed that a few producers have already begun, and more will get started soon if the weather cooperates!

Dr. Stephen Barnhart, ISU Extension Agronomist, gives some good suggestions on timing the 1st cutting. www.extension.iastate.edu/CropNews/2010/0513barnhart.htm

Matt Digman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, has some tips on making sure your equipment is ready to go.  www.agweb.com/news_printer.aspx?articleID=157317

If you harvest haylage, you may find this helpful in improving your forage quality. www.progressiveforage.com/~proforag/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2797:0409-fg-ensiling-what-to-know-before-you-start-the-pile&catid=89:storage&Itemid=123

Good luck with your hay crop!

 

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Fertilizing Alfalfa

Are you ready for hay season?

1st cutting alfalfa is underway.  Where I (Glen) live in Northeast Iowa, the farmers have been working at it since Memorial Day.  I thought this would be a good time to review alfalfa's nutrient needs.

In general, alfalfa removes 12.5# Phosphorus (P), 40-50# Potassium (K), 30# Calcium (Ca), 6# Magnesium (Mg), 6# Sulfur (S) and 0.08# Boron (B) per ton of dry matter yield. Plants may remove higher amounts of these nutrients if soil test levels are in the High (H) or Very High (VH) levels.  This is known as luxury consumption.

Growing 5 Ton hay?  Then your crop will remove 62.5# P, 250# K, 150# Ca, 30# Mg, 30# S, 0.4# B.  With today's fertilizer prices, many growers are making sure that all nutrients are at optimum levels.  Sulfur deficiency is being diagnosed much more often than previous years. 

Where does SuperCal SO4 fit in?  With 22% Ca and 17% sulfate sulfur, it helps build and maintain plant structure, while also providing sulfur for use in protein synthesis.  I typically recommend 200# per acre annually.  This will provide 44# Ca and 34# S.  If you are experiencing problems with too much K in your forage, then increasing the amount of calcium available will help.  This has been a recurring problem with dairy cows in many operations.

SuperCal SO4, the right fit, right now.

 

 

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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New SO4 Testimonial

 

Gene Zimmerman, Quality Soil Nutrition, Wisconsin

Grass and Alfalfa Mix sowed on April 15th, SO4 was spread at a rate of 300 lbs around the field border.

Gene was very happy with the improvements in germination where SO4 was used.

 

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Thanks for the photos Gene!

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Testimonial

Gene Zimmerman with Quality Soil Nutrition, Sheldon Wisconsin was kind enough to send us another picture of SuperCal SO4. Gene has been having tremendous success with weed suppression in forages by using SuperCal SO4. See for yourself!

 

 

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