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Localized Dry Spot

What is localized dry spot? With an unusually hot start to the late spring/summer season, localized dry spot (LDS) is showing up earlier and more vigorously than normal. LDS shows up as somewhat randomized, dry looking areas of turf. It is generally seen on sand-based greens, but can occur on other turfs that have been heavily topdressed with sand over the years. Sand-based soil has greater propensity for hydrophobic conditions, which is the main sign of LDS. What causes localized dry spot?The deeper cause, beyond sand-based soils, are believed to be organic acids and residue that coat the soil or sand particles. These organic compounds are not completely understood, but are the result of typical decomposition of leaf tissue, roots, fungal biomass and organic soil amendments included in the original root zone mix. These compounds tend to have a hydrophobic nature and once they have coated soil particles, lead to…
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Natural vs. Synthetic Gypsum

What is Gypsum?Gypsum is a mineral that has been used in agriculture for a long time. Its chemical name is calcium sulfate dihydrate (CaSO4 • 2H2O). It provides a sulfur source in the plant available form, sulfate, and provides calcium – both essential nutrients in crop production. SO4 is naturally mined gypsumSO4 is pelletized from gypsum that is naturally mined in northwest Iowa. Gypsum deposits were left behind when inland seas that used to cover Iowa dried up and receded. Synthetic gypsum is a byproduct of burning coalIn contrast, synthetic gypsum (photo above) is a byproduct of burning coal. This source is commonly referred to as synthetic or flue gas desulfurized (FGD) gypsum. Power plants have ‘scrubbers’ that control emissions from their flue stacks. The process in its entirety is called flue gas desulfurization. In short, these scrubbers filter by forcing sulfur dioxide and calcium carbonate (limestone) to react with…
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Calcium Products Celebrates 30 Years

Calcium Products is celebrating 30 years in business this summer! This milestone leads us to look back on our history with gratefulness, while strengthening our focus on the future. We want to thank you, our customers, for your business and loyalty throughout the last 30 years. Whether you’ve worked with us for one year or all 30, we genuinely appreciate your support of Calcium Products. Without our employees, none of our success would be possible. We want to thank and acknowledge them for all their hard work over the years. We are fortunate to have a team that is talented and dedicated to creating a positive customer experience. In June, we hosted an all company golf outing to celebrate our 30 years. (Photo above.) As we look to the future, we’re committed to creating high-quality products that assist in progressive farming and turfgrass management practices, as well as building long-term…
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Meet our Updated Product Names and Logos

  We have some exciting news to share! We are shortening our product names to 98G and SO4 and have created a new logo for each. Yes, we are retiring the “SuperCal” language in an effort to simplify the product names for more clear communication. We are committed to growing brand recognition for 98G and SO4, and we’ll be updating materials over the next year.
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