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Is the solution to your current problem adding problems?

This week in the Iowa Farmer Today, Tim Hoskins reported on “Mineral deficiency cropping up in alfalfa fields”. Iowa Farmer Jeff Ryan turned to Brian Lang Iowa State University crop specialist for Northeast Iowa. Mr. Lang worked out that the poor yield was due to a sulfur deficiency. It is not clear in the story who recommended the solution, but it will be nothing but headaches for Ryan. Ryan applied 100 lbs. of Ammonium Sulfate (AMS), at a cost of $17 per acre. Wow! $0.70 per pound of sulfur! Then factor in the unintended costs of AMS. AMS is one of the most acidifying fertilizers on the market. It takes 5-7 lbs of SuperCal 98G, or 15-20 lbs of AgLime to neutralize the acidity caused by AMS. Add $5 to $20 per acre to the fertilizer bill for lime. Don’t forget the unintended cost of stand reduction from the added…
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Is Adequate good enough?

How do you decide when to settle for adequate over exceptional? Many of us do settle for adequate over exceptional, quite a bit of the time actually. The difference between success and failure is knowing when only exceptional will do. How many of us seek out and buy Snap-On wrenches for the toolboxes on our equipment? Some might, I have lost the box of the tractor or left the tool in the field, so for me a wrench from Bomgaar’s dollar bin is adequate for quick field repairs. Snap-On is the best in the world, with a lifetime warrantee, lasts forever, but if there is chance of losing it in the field, another option my be better. I’m not going to sweat losing the dollar wrench. I have never heard of anyone say happily “I just bought this great stock, it does not perform that well, I’m not making much…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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