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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!

Gypsum: Source, purity, and particle size matter

The goal of putting a product on your turf is to realize the benefits of that application as soon as possible. Paying for a product that may take years to work just doesn’t make sense. People may argue that gypsum is gypsum, but in reality that’s not true. There are multiple forms of gypsum: calcium sulfate dihydrate (true gypsum), calcium sulfate hemihydrate (bassanite), calcium sufate anhydrite (anhydrite gypsum), and synthetic gypsum, which is a by-product of scrubbers at coal-fired power plants that force sulfur exhaust gas to combine with calcium carbonate (limestone) to form synthetic gypsum. Within most products on the market that are true gypsum, there can be differences in the purity and particle size distribution, which matters when it comes to getting the most effective product for your turf. Dissolution of a gypsum product into the soil/water matrix is an extremely important indicator of how the product will…

Is it SuperCal 98G or SuperCal SO4?

SuperCal 98G and SuperCal SO4 can often be confused. From their similar names to the similar nature of their appearance, people wonder, how do I know which product I have? The vinegar test is a simple test you can perform quickly and easily to know whether the product you have is SuperCal 98G or SuperCal SO4. The acid neutralizing reactions between the carbonate and acid in the vinegar will cause SuperCal 98G to fizz. Since there is no carbonate in SuperCal SO4, it will do nothing. Combine no more than 1 teaspoon of pellets and a 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar in a reaction proof container with an open top.    SuperCal 98G is on the left, with its tell-tale fizzing. That is a result of 1 ml of vinegar and 1 tsp of each product. SuperCal SO4 is on the right, no reactions.    


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