Calcium Products - Displaying items by tag: so4

Calcium Products - Displaying items by tag: so4

Any soil amendment will do….

 

Many growers think all soil amendments are created equally. The demanding grower knows better, as the demanding Tequila drinker knows that not all Tequila is created equal.

Check out this fun video Not Just any Tequila from Hornitos Tequila

Choosing any soil amendment product is worse than asking for any haircut. Hair grows back, yields don’t!

Protect your high yielding crops by asking for SuperCal!

 

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Fly-In Plant Tour

Calcium Products was pleased this week to host one of our dealers.  Harold Hartzler, and his family, visited our plant at Fort Dodge.  Harold has been a dealer for many years, but has decided to start reducing the pace of his activities, and turn over many of the business responsibilities to his grandsons.

Since Harold and his family live in Ohio, they elected to fly to Fort Dodge.  After staying overnight, the group toured the SO4 facility,  While there, they were able to observe the production process from start to finish.  They were impressed with the large storage area, bagging equipment, and emphasis on quality control.

Harold, Jeff, Josh & Corbin-thank you for coming to visit.  We enjoyed our time with you!

We are always pleased to introduce our people and products.  If you have questions, or would like to visit, just ask!

 

 

 

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Onions & SO4

Take care when applying SO4

I (Glen) decided last week that our garden was needing some calcium.  The soil structure had declined considerably since earlier this spring, and it was becoming difficult to till (hoe).  I was also wanting to increase the quality of the potatoes and reduce the onset of blossom end rot in tomatoes.

Thursday evening I applied SO4.  It was very difficult to get between the rows of potatoes, so I top spread the area, and then turned on the water for 2 hours.  Friday morning, my wife harvested some onions, which were near the potatoes, and was surprised that she couldn't stand to eat them.  She also couldn't stand to cut the tops off of more than 2-3 at a time without tears. 

Conclusion: the sulfur level in the onion had increased significantly.

Lesson learned & a very evident (tearful) demonstration of the solubility of SO4.  In this case, less than 12 hours & 0.4" of water were sufficient for the product to break down & be taken up by the plant.  If you have plants that you don't want to more pungent (radishes, peppers), please take care when applying SO4.

 

 

The Blogronomist is maintained by Craig Dick, head blogronomist and VP of Sales and Marketing. Here you will find a wide array of blog articles from Craig and expert guests on topics related to soil and crop health, farming, and so much more. If it’s not here, ask us!

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SO4 and 98G available in Rake, Iowa

Congratulations to Farmers Cooperative in Rake, Iowa on the opening of their new dry plant! The agronomy team at Rake does a great job when it come to fertility planning and management. If you have not stopped by in a while, now may be a great time.

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Thanks for making us a part of your open house and good luck this fall!

 

 

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Corn Yield Response to SuperCal SO4

Corn Yield Response to SuperCal SO4

Location:         Northern/NE Iowa

Date:              2006 - 2008

Crop:              Corn

Treatments:    Initial: 40 lbs S/acre (SuperCal SO4 @ 235 lbs/A)

                     Follow-up: 10, 20, 40 lbs S/acre (SuperCal SO4 @ 60, 117, 235 lbs/A)

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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. 

98g-vs-SO4-Vinegar-Test

 

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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SO4 Calculator Instructions

SO4 Calculator Instructions

Calculator gives you the ability to compare the costs of SO4 to other sulfur fertilizers. Follow these simple steps.

  • 1. Select your crop
  • 2. Input your yield goal
  • 3. Input your acres to be grown
  • 4. Select your alternate sulfur fertilizer
  • 5. Input the cost / lb for the alternate source
  • 6. Input the cost / lb for  SO4

 

 

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SO4 Calculator Instructions

SO4 Calculator Instructions

Calculator gives you the ability to compare the costs of SO4 to other sulfur fertilizers. Follow these simple steps.

  • 1. Select your crop
  • 2. Input your yield goal
  • 3. Input your acres to be grown
  • 4. Select your alternate sulfur fertilizer
  • 5. Input the cost / lb for the alternate source
  • 6. Input the cost / lb for  SO4

 

 

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SuperCal SO4 Success

Recently, we received an update from a cooperator involved with our ‘Prove It’ strip trial program. SuperCal SO4 was applied at 200 lbs/acre this spring to a farm located in northern Iowa in advance of corn planting and the results so far are visually stunning. 

Sulfur is increasingly being recognized as the fourth major plant nutrient after the “big three” of N, P and K. Its importance in agriculture is becoming more widely accepted as the supply of S in older fertilizer/pesticide chemistry and that supplied from the atmosphere can no longer be counted upon. 

Low levels of sulfur in the soil limit the efficiency of added nitrogen, which means if you are applying more N to overcome yellow plants and slow early season growth, you throwing your money away. Nitrogen and sulfur deficiencies are commonly confused, but sulfur deficiency is easily identified by yellowing of the upper leaves (as opposed to lower, older leaves with N deficiency) and interveinal yellowing in the youngest leaves. 

What should be added in this case is sulfur from a source that provides sulfate (SO4), which is the form of sulfur that plants uptake. Nitrogen and sulfur interact closely and often in the synthesis of proteins in the plant; the benefits from having the proper ratio of the two nutrients cannot be overstated on overall plant health and subsequent yield.

Here are a few photos from the farm showing control strips vs. SuperCal SO4 strips:

 

Fig. 1. SuperCal SO4 applied to the row on the left.

SO4 on the left

Fig. 2.  SuperCal SO4 applied to the row on the right.

SO4 on right

 

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