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New SuperCal SO4 plant loads first trucks!

On Thursday we loaded the first two trucks at the new Fort Dodge production facility!

 

To celebrate this achievement, we had a film crew on hand to document the event. Check out one of the camera guys in action:

Check out the sneak preview of our video:

 

The full video should be posted to our YouTube page in 7-10 days!

 

 

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 http://blog.calciumproducts.com. 

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More sulfur updates...

While reading the 2012 Annual Farm Progress Reports from Iowa State University’s Northern Research Farm in Kanawha, IA, we discovered another trial investigating sulfur fertilization via gypsum on corn. The impetus for the study was the same as the Iowa Soybean Association’s; sulfur deficiencies are becoming widespread in both corn and alfalfa in Iowa and many other midwestern states. The experiment was performed by Dr. John Sawyer and David Rueber of Iowa State University.

Four rates of sulfur (5, 10, 20, 40 lbs/A) were applied to two different soils—one with low organic matter and a slope, and one with higher OM and less slope—as was a non-treated control (no sulfur) to compare differences throughout 2011 and 2012. These rates were applied to corn in 2011 and soybeans in 2012. The 2011 plots were planted to corn after soybean in 2011 and planted to corn again in 2012 to test residual effects of sulfur application. In 2012, additional plots were planted to soybean from corn the previous year.  

In June 2011, corn leaf greenness was visibly different among plots that had sulfur applied vs. those that did not, as well as having taller plants. By late June, there was still a height difference but the color differences were diminished. Despite visual differences, there was no difference in yield between the treated and non-treated pltos.

This is where it gets interesting… 

In 2012, the plots that had received sulfur in 2011 showed no visible differences from those that did not, unlike the differences in 2011. However, when harvest time came, there was an increase in corn yield for sulfur treated plots as a whole when averaged and compared against the non-treated control plots. So, there’s something happening with the sulfur in the soil from year to year that isn’t being accounted for that has increased corn yield as a residual effect. This is similar to what we saw with the Iowa Soybean Association On-Farm Network trials over the last few years; residual activity from sulfur application making a yield difference a year after we thought it would.

Soybeans did not show any statistically different response to the sulfur application in 2012.

This study will continue in 2013 and we are excited to see the results.

 

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 Cr

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Crop Nutrient Deficiency App

Hard to believe its been almost 2 years since we first did a blog on Smart phones apps for farmers.

We have another addition:

The Crop Nutrient Deficiency Photo Library for iPhone and iPad by IPNI.

This app is a comprehensive collection of crop nutrient deficiency photos. A range of nutrient deficiency examples are provided for 14 prominent crops. Text and diagrammatic descriptions are also provided.

While we think this app is great and can help you diagnose a problem, we highly suggest soil testing and making sure you are fertilizing for the most deficient nutrients. Did you know that some nutrients can take up to two weeks before a visible deficiency occurs? It can take another two weeks to correct the deficiency. That whole time you are losing yield you can never recover.

Even worse you can have nutrient deficiency that are not severe enough to show visual signs. Give us a call or send us your soil test we can help you sort it out before yield robbing visual signs occur!

Do you have other apps not on this list you can't live without, let us know and we'll add them to the list!!

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 http://blog.calciumproducts.com/ .

 

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We've got new headquarters!

We are settling into our new headquarters in Gilmore City. We remodeled the local Catholic school building to house several of our administration staff and supplies — the ultimate upcycling! If you ever visited our old office you probably remember how dusty and noisy they were being attached to the manufacturing buildings. This new office space is 2 minutes away but provides a little peace and quiet!

We're also happy to keep building in Gilmore City. It's a small Iowa city but it's OUR hometown. Hopefully as we keep growing we'll be able to add a few more jobs in this new office.

The local paper did a story about our new offices. We thought our blog readers might enjoy reading it. If you're in the Gilmore City area, please stop on by!

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