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Demand for Gypsum Increasing

The demand for SuperCal 98G Pelletized Lime, and SuperCal SO4 Pelletized Gypsum continues to increase. What a difference a year can make! Last year at this time corn was near $2, soybeans were $5.50, and it looked like it was going to stay that way for a while. Not to mention it was very hot and dry. During harvest we saw an explosion in the price of corn, soybean, & wheat. This drove demand for fertilizer higher than ever. While this was happening two of our competitors went out of business. One due to fire and one due to government regulation. As of today it looks like one will not reopen and the other may not be online for fall fertilizer season. photo by Jesse Helling, courtesy Fort Dodge Messenger We expect that SuperCal SO4 will not fully meet fall demand. Many dealers have prepaid for their needs already. Seeing…

Discontinuing the eletter

We at Calcium Products, Inc., are extremely excited about our new website. The folks from Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications did a great job getting the design right. Our other partner DWebware have done a great job getting it running. Many of our customers have enjoyed getting "First Things First", Calcium Products eletter. We are discontinuing the eletter in favor of this blog. The benefit of this blog is that it is searchable, allows for more information to be shared, and lets you the customer leave comments or ask questions. We think that ability will be of greater value than the eletter. Like the eletter, we will use this blog to continue to provide educational information on SuperCal 98G (not Pel-Lime), SuperCal (not Cal-Sul), SO4, soil amendments, the benefits of 98G over Aglime, how to improve your soil, yield, and lower costs. There are few resources out there dedicated to…

Price of ice cream

I just read a story about how expensive ice cream has become this summer. The price of a gallon of milk is up 55% the story reports. The price of a small cone has rose from $2.95 to $3.50.   So what does the price of ice cream have to do with soil? I'm getting to that!   The story claims that this is due to the rising price of corn used to feed dairy cows. I don’t doubt that the cost of feed is more expensive, but the cost of fuel, fertilizer, and any other inputs in farming are also up. It’s a vicious cycle, where the farmer rarely wins. It seems impossible to cut costs when the price of finished goods doubles overnight.    How does one combat increasing input costs, and volatile prices?   Focus on the things you can control.   A study by the Iowa Soybean…

Calcium Products BLOG - Welcome

Welcome to the brand new business blog for Calcium Products, Inc. The regular host and voice of the BLOG is Craig Dick. My job today is to get it started and introduce you to some of the most amazing products designed to increase your crop yield while decreasing your costs. For years producers have used traditional ag lime to adjust their soil pH. The recommended amount can be anywhere from 1,500 to 3,000 pounds per acre. Meanwhile with SuperCal 98-G, a pellet product, a producer only has to use 400 pounds per acre. How can that be? Well, what you're not being told is that much of the ag-lime spread on fields simply does not work...or it blows away. For lime to work effectively the particle size needs to be small but not so small that it powders and drifts from the field. Or, if the ag-lime is wet, farmers…

Why we blog

I have been writing this blog for about 6 months now, and some may ask what is the point. When I first started with Calcium Products I found it difficult to find information about fertility and soil science that was easy to read and quick to understand. I started emailing out an eletter once a month. The topics were picked by the questions our dealers were asking me. Then last year about this time our marketing adviser Michael Libbie suggested updating our website and adding a blog. I was pretty reluctant at first. I wasn’t sure I would have the time, or have enough to write about. Also in high school and college I was not a strong writer and I was even worse at spelling. The more we discussed it the more it made sense. The eletters were 3 to 4 pages long, and most of us are just…


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