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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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Nebraska Ag Business Show

This week Calcium Products attended the Nebraska Ag business trade show in Omaha, NE. The show is closed show and you must register to attend. We had a great time catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.

 

Midwest Labs presented information on lime quality. This can be confusing for many agronomists as well as farmers. They did a great job explaining why the fineness of the product is more important than the TNV. For example you can have 3 lime sources;

    SuperCal 98G    8 mesh ag lime    60 mesh ag lime 
 % TNV

95.15  

99.6

99.03

 ECCE

92.3 

9.96 *

39.81

* not a misprint, it's acctually that ineffective.

ECCE is measured by taking the TNV times a fineness factor. If the product is too coarse it simple does not work, no matter how much you put on. You can look up the quality of your ag lime on our website here, if you can’t find it on one of those reports, Midwest Labs has a great program for testing the quality, or lack of it, of your ag lime. One last point, SuperCal 98G has always tested greater than 91% ECCE and less than 1% moisture.

 

Dr. Ray Ward of Ward Labs explained why it takes more sulfur on No-till acres. Here are some points I took away form Dr. Wards presentation:

You can’t build organic matter (OM) without sulfur
It takes 140 lbs of sulfur to build 1% organic matter, it has to be stored in the soil, if it leaches or volatilizes it does not do you any good.
When sulfur breaks down in anaerobic conditions it volatilizes off as hydrogen sulfide. One of the main reasons hog pits smell so bad.
In no-till OM does not breakdown quickly in the soil. OM has to decompose to release the sulfur stored in it. Since it takes longer to decompose in no-till crops are more likely to show sulfur deficiency.
Fertilizing with a sulfate source of sulfur close to planting can drastically decrease sulfur deficiency and increase yields.

 

One of the new friends we meet this week was Agronomic Solutions. They specialize in all types of precision ag services and products. They work with both growers and retailers, to offer unbiased solutions and services tailored to your needs.

Offering an array of services and products; from GPS soil sampling, crop scouting, GPS boundary measuring, Agronomic consulting, and GPS equipment sales and support. They can help make sure you are getting the most out of those expensive fertilizers. Many of our dealers are already offering their services, contact you fertilizer dealer or check out their website for more information.

 

 

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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Is your Nitrogen still there?

With the recent rainfall events, now is a great time to make sure that the nitrogen you applied earlier is still there. 

Jim Fawcett, ISU Extension Agronomist, posted some comments about doing this www.iowafarmertoday.com/blog/?p=732

The Iowa Soybean Association, through their On-Farm Network, has some great information on the impact of spring rainfall on nitrogen.  You can review their 2010 Conference Presentations here http://www.isafarmnet.com/2010OFNConfPresentations/ofnpresentations.html.  Iowa's guide for nitrogen recommendations is http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM1714.pdf 

Ohio State University has 5 questions to Help Evaluate Your Nitrogen Loss http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/inputs/fertilizer/five-questions-evaluate-nitrogen-loss-0525/

Remember that plant available sulfur is in the sulfate (SO4)- form, which makes it susceptible to leaching.  Make sure to include some sulfur (like SuperCal SO4) in your sidedress application!

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At Calcium Products, when we say we are committed to knowing and improving your soil, we mean it.

From the proprietary design and development of our pellets, to the precise formulations and combinations of our pure-mined calcium and limestone, to extensive field testing, we prove our commitment every day. We invest a tremendous amount of time, talent and resources into becoming experts in precision farming, so you have a reliable source of not just product, but information as well. Check out the tabs above and tap into our resources.

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