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Calcium Products - Displaying items by tag: golf

A Guide to 16 Essential Plant Nutrients

There are 16 nutrients required to grow plants. Knowing these nutrients required to grow plants is only one aspect of successful plant development. Optimum production also requires knowing the rates of application, method and time of applications and the source of nutrients to use. Each of these nutrients is equally important to the plant, yet each is required in vastly different amounts. These differences have led to the grouping of these essential elements into 3 categories: primary (macro) nutrients, secondary nutrients and micronutrients. 3 of the Nutrients are taken up from either Air or Water; those are carbon (C), hydrogen (H) and oxygen (O). The remaining 13 nutrients are taken up from the soil.

PRIMARY NUTRIENTS

NITROGEN

  • Necessary for formation of amino acids, the building blocks of protein
  • Essential for plant cell division, vital for plant growth
  • Directly involved in photosynthesis
  • Aids in production and use of carbohydrates
  • Affects energy reactions in the plant

PHOSPHOROUS

  • Involved in photosynthesis, respiration, energy storage and transfer, cell division and enlargement
  • Promotes early root formation and growth
  • Improves quality of fruits, vegetables, and grains
  • Vital to seed formation
  • Helps plants survive the harsh winter conditions
  • Increases water-use efficiency
  • Hastens maturity

POTASSIUM

  • Carbohydrate metabolism and break down and translocation of starches
  • Increases photosynthesis
  • Increases water-use efficiency
  • Essential to protein synthesis
  • Important in fruit formation
  • Activates enzymes and controls their reaction rates
  • Improves quality of seeds and fruit
  • Improves winter hardiness
  • Increase disease resistance

SECONDARY NUTRIENTS

CALCIUM

  • Utilized for continuous cell division and formation
  • Involved in nitrogen metabolism
  • Reduces plant respiration
  • Aids translocation of photosynthesis from leaves of fruiting organs
  • Increases fruit set
  • Essential for nut development on peanuts
  • Stimulates microbial activity

MAGNESIUM

  • Key elements of chlorophyll production
  • Improves utilization and mobility of phosphorous
  • Activator and component of many plant enzymes
  • Directly related to grass tetany
  • Increases iron utilization in plants
  • Influences earliness and uniformity of maturity

SULPHUR

  • Integral part of amino acids
  • Helps develop enzymes and vitamins
  • Promotes nodule formation on legumes
  • Aids in seed production
  • Necessary in chlorophyll formation

MICRONUTRIENTS

BORON

  • Essential of germination of pollen grains and growth of pollen tubes
  • Essential for seeds and cell wall formation
  • Promotes maturity
  • Necessary for sugar translocation
  • Affects nitrogen and carbohydrate

CHLORINE

  • Not much information about its function
  • Interferes with P uptake
  • Enhances maturity of small grains on some soils

COPPER

  • Catalyzes several plant processes
  • Major function in photosynthesis
  • Major function in reproductive stages
  • Indirect role of chlorophyll production
  • Increases sugar content
  • Intensifies color
  • Improves flavor of fruits and vegetables

IRON

  • Promote formation of chlorophyll
  • Acts as an oxygen carrier
  • Reactions involving cell divisions and growth

MAGANESE

  • Functions as a part of certain enzyme systems
  • Aids in chlorophyll synthesis
  • Increases the availability of P and Ca

MOLYBDENUM

  • Required to form the enzyme “nitrate reductas” which reduces nitrates to ammonium in plant
  • Aids in the formation of legume nodules
  • Needed to convert inorganic phosphates to organic forms in the plants

ZINC

  • Aids in growth hormones and enzyme system
  • Necessary for chlorophyll production
  • Necessary for carbohydrate formation
  • Necessary for starch formation
  • Aids in seed formation
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On the Tee Segment

So what do Spring Valley Golf Course in Livermore, IA and Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, CA have in common? Recently, I had an opportunity to spend some time with our good friends at the Iowa Sports Connection and talk golf. If you follow the PGA Tour, you know that last week Torrey Pines hosted the Farmer’s Insurance Open. What was more amazing than Kyle Stanley’s epic collapse on the 18th fairway was the conditioning of the golf course. Thanks to SuperCal SO4, the players were treated to the best conditions in the history of the tournament.

Listen to my segment from “On the Tee” radio show below:

“On the Tee” Interview

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Not just a Calcium Products company…

With my job and I am very fortunate to travel all across this great country of ours. I have an opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and introduce them to Calcium Products, Inc. Typically, I give them my 30 second elevator speech about who Calcium Products are and then depending on who I am talking with I will expand into a more detailed account of our company.

Most people can figure out what we do simply by looking at our company name, but we are so much more than that. While calcium certainly plays a huge role in our base ingredients for manufacturing we actually blend 9 of the 16 essential  plant nutrients in our base calcium products. You could make a very strong case however we blend  12 out of 16 if you include Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen.

If you are going to be growing anything, whether it is corn or beans to flowers and turf, all plant life needs to have some percentage of all 16 nutrients to survive. Three of the 16 essentials are provided from air and water; carbon (C), hydrogen (h) and oxygen (O), the remaining 13 are taken up from the soil; nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), potassium (K), calcium (Ca), sulphur (S), magnesium (Mg), boron (B), chlorine (Cl), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), molybdenum (Mo), zinc (Zn).

If 81% of the essential nutrients are taken up from the soil, wouldn’t a grower need to have the properly conditioned soil to grow in? Our answer at Calcium Products is yes!

You see, at Calcium Products we strive to create the most ideal soil environment to feed the world, inspire outdoor recreation and develop products that are vital to the stewardship of land and water resources.

Here is a look at our products and the nutrients we supply to the growers of the world:

SuperCal SO4–  21% calcium (Ca), 17% sulphur (S) {in our gypsum, we actually have 2 extra water molecules attached to the crystalline structure of the gypsum, therefore you can include hydrogen (H) and oxygen (O) to the nutrient mix.}

SuperCal 98G–  36% calcium (Ca), <0.5% magnesium (Mg)

Triplicity  13% carbon (C), 37% calcium (Ca), 0.5% sulphur (S), 0.3% magnesium (Mg)

HumaCal–  18% calcium (Ca), 5% sulphur (S) {also contains 30% humate materials}

SuperCal 15K–  15% potassium (K2O), 1% calcium (Ca), 9% sulphur (S)

MicroHume–  5% calcium (Ca), 8% sulphur (S), 2% boron (B), 1% copper (Cu), 2% manganese (Mn), 3% zinc (Zn)

Sulphur Plus–  2% potassium (K2O), 1% calcium (Ca), 9% sulphur (S) 

Whether you’re a farmer or a gardener, a turf professional or a homeowner, you need products that can supply the nutrients that your plant needs to survive. So the next time you are looking for a full line of products, remember Calcium Products isn’t just a calcium company!

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Too early to apply?

WOW, what a treat! Most of America is enjoying a very warm, early spring! I know everyone is itching to get outdoors and kick off the season. While it is still too early in most parts north of the Mason-Dixon line to begin your early spring fertilizations, it is never too early to begin spreading SuperCal SO4.

SuperCal SO4

One of the great characteristics of organic, all-natural products is not having to depend on mother nature for an application schedule. Take our SuperCal SO4, for example. It is a naturally mined, organic material that works beautifully with any fertility program. You can apply it any time throughout the year. You don’t have to wait for the frost to be out of the ground, you don’t have to wait for the ground temperature to hit a magical degree in order for the product to work. Our SuperCal SO4 can be applied, left alone and forgotten. As soon as the spring thaw begins or that first April shower (March this year?) hits, the SuperCal SO4 pellet will melt and the calcium and sulfur will begin to work.

Another benefit of SuperCal SO4 being a safe, all natural organic product is that it will not burn or damage your turf no matter how much you apply or when you apply. If you are working to create the best soil structure possible for growing the best turf of the season, now is the time to apply SuperCal SO4.

For more info, check out this PDF on SO4.

 

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This weekend’s event

Due to legal issues, the event Calcium Products has been planning (to be held March 30-31, 2012) will now be referred to as The Summit.

Pre-registration is no longer available. Tickets will be sold at the door. We will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday. Both days are scheduled to be held at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

All updates about the event will be posted right here. Please stay tuned.

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GCSAA members – the unseen heroes of many a golf course!

Golf Course superintendents’ work is often seen, but they are rarely seen or their work realized. It is not an uncommon practice for the maintenance staff at a golf facility to be up working well before the sun comes up.

As a PGA member since 1999, I certainly appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to be in the golf industry, but I know it takes even more hard work and dedication to be in charge of the grounds and maintenance. More times than not, GCSAA members and their colleagues do not get the accolades they deserve. I consider golf course superintendents the unsung heros of the golf industry.

Next time you see your golf course superintendent keep in mind, their jobs are often 24/7 shifts. It takes time, patience, flexibility, and supreme organization to manage 100 acres or more of managed turf, not to mention their staff and their families.

Yes, it is true; superintendents do mow grass, rake bunkers and pick up trash but consider this:

 

YOUR GCSAA MEMBER IS ALSO:

An ambassador for your facility

An environmental steward

A mentor to their staff

An agronomist for the facility

A communicator to the membership

Facility manager for the ground department

Human resources director for their area

OSHA director

Financial planner managing the facility’s largest portion of the budget

Material scheduler and planner

Landscape and golf course architect

A certified, licensed applicator

An artist

A mechanic

An irrigation technician

Meteorologist

Public speaker

An educator

A political activist

ALL IN A SINGLE DAY’S WORK!

The next time you head out the golf course, be sure to spend a couple of minutes getting to know the golf course superintendent and thank him for all the hard work and commitment they provide for your golfing enjoyment!

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A new name in the golf game

I was excited to hear that Ferrari has launched a golf line. Clubs, shoes & accessories for sale July 1. This description intrigues me:

“The club’s shape is the result of input from Ferrari’s aerodynamic engineers, who made changes to reduce drag as the club is swung through the air. The net result is a higher club head speed.”

Can’t wait to see what that looks like! Read more here.

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Random acts of kindness do exist!

In today’s world of cynicism and political correctness it’s hard to believe random acts of kindness really do exist! You see, I always have heard stories of this happening to other people but I never thought it would happen to me. Well, thanks to Paula Creamer and the USGA for restoring my optimism that people really care and really do perform random acts of kindness.

My story begins about 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 8, 2012. I woke up with anticipation that I would be attending the U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, WI. (Note: see the word “I” in the sentence) I had asked my daughter, Elizabeth, on Saturday evening if she would be interested in joining me at the championship and she really didn’t think it would be any fun….thanks to her mom and some coaxing it was a day she will never forget!

As we headed to Kohler for the championship, a 5-minute drive from our house, she and I were talking and I asked her is there was anyone she would like to see in particular. I was not surprised to hear her say she wanted to see Paula Creamer. I am positive that it had nothing to do with her golf game; sorry Paula, but my 8-year-old only knew that you always wear pink, which happens to be her favorite color.

Once we arrived at Blackwolf Run, the first thing we needed to do was see what time Paula was going to tee off because that would tell us when we might be able to catch a glimpse of her on the putting green or the driving range before we moved on to some other player. As luck would have it we wandered over to the putting green and within 5 or 10 minutes of waiting, her caddie arrived with Paula’s bag so I told Elizabeth, ‘hang tight it won’t be long.’ A few moments later I spotted Paula coming out of the clubhouse and told E that she was coming. Her comment was, “wow, she’s pretty and I love her pink shirt and bow in her hair.” We watched her eat her banana and roll a few putts. Since the attention span of most 8-year-olds is pretty short, unless it involves the Disney Channel, E was ready to move on and go find a treat. We spent some time on the first tee and then moved over to the 9th green to watch a few players make the turn. I told Elizabeth I wanted to head back to the first tee so I could see the leaders tee off and then we could talk about heading home and watch the finale on TV. She agreed and off we went.

Fortunately, we arrived at the first hole and there was some space on the rope line so I told E she should sit at my feet to be more comfortable. We arrived at the rope around 11 a.m. and only had a few groups to go until the last tee time.

elizabethNow that I have set the scene a bit, the real story now begins. The crowd really started to get heavy on the first hole and E and I had a great position right on the rope line, as the 11:20 tee time leaves the tee for the fairway, the players for the 11:30 tee time arrive and it happened to be Paula Creamer’s group. As she was heading down the hill, I happened to notice she was carrying a small handbag to the tee. I was thinking to myself, ‘where in the world is she going to put that, she’s about to tee off,’ and from the comments around me, I wasn’t the only one thinking that. When she arrived on the tee, she headed over to her caddie, grabbed a Sharpie and walked directly over to my daughter Elizabeth. Asked her what her name was and signed her range ball bag , “To Elizabeth, Love, Paula Creamer”! For that split second, Elizabeth was the most popular person at Blackwolf Run.

Thanks to Paula Creamer, acts of kindness really do happen and yesterday it happened to my family. Not only was it extremely thoughtful and very kind of Paula to take time out of her day to sign her bag for Elizabeth but she also inspired and motivated a young girl to dream a little bigger and to boosted her self-esteem. Paula, I cannot thank you enough. Elizabeth couldn’t stop smiling and neither could I! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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How to safely remove salt from your soil

Hurricane season has arrived and the experts are expecting a very busy season. Not only do these types of storms leave immediate damage to properties in the form of flooding, wind damage, power outages but it can leave lasting damage to your turf and plants by increasing the amount of salts or sodium to your soils.

Unless you have salt-tolerant grass or plants, which most people do not, high levels of salts can be very devastating to your landscapes. Increased levels of salt act as a barrier to the plant’s cell wall, in essence tricking it into thinking it is in a drought situation even it there is plenty of water. When the plant can’t absorb the water in the soil it will shut down and go into dormancy and eventually will die due to lack of hydration.

There are a few ways to combat the salt issues if you don’t landscape with salt-tolerant plants and turf. You can spend time flushing the areas with clean water until the salts have been leached out of the ground. This takes an extreme amount of water to fully leach out the salts out of the root zone and is an irresponsible use of water in this age of conservation.

The safest, healthiest and most cost efficient way to rid your soil of high levels of salt is to use gypsum. But not just any gypsum, it has to be a calcium sulfate di-hydrate (CaSO4*2H2O). This form of gypsum is by far the most soluble form available. The best calcium sulfate di-hydrate gypsum on the market, SuperCal SO4 by Calcium Products, is extremely effective and efficient in correcting your high sodium levels in the soils.

Application of SuperCal SO4 is very easy. It comes as simple, clean, uniform pellets that can be spread using a broadcast or drop spreader. It is to be topically applied to the turf; for best results follow the application with a light watering to assist in the breakdown of the pellets. Because it is a naturally mined material it can be applied anytime during the year, regardless of the temperature. It will not burn the grass or affect the pH.

For the leaching of the salts due to extreme weather or due to high sodium levels from other factors, increase the suggested application rates from 5-10 pounds per thousand square feet to 20-30 pounds per thousand square feet.

Before long your turf will be thanking you; it will not only be salt free but healthier, stronger and more resistant to drought and disease pressures because the calcium strengthened the cell wall and increased the immune system of the plant.

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Do you know where your lime and gypsum come from?

There are a lot of companies that claim to have the best product on the market but can those companies stand behind that product 100% without being the manufacturer?

We can say without a doubt our products are the best. Calcium Products, Inc., takes pride in the fact that our products are milled, formulated, bagged and distributed, by us, to all points across the U.S.  and Canada. In addition to the Calcium Products bags, look for our product next year in a new line of products for homeowners, Pure Elements. If you want to make sure you are getting the best, look for the name Calcium Products or Pure Elements on the bag.

Calcium Products has the purest, cleanest, fastest-acting, most efficient limestone and gypsum on the  market today. If anyone tells you their product is better, ask them where they source their materials.

 

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