SOLUBLE CALCIUM FOR LOW WATER ENVIRONMENTS

In low water growing environments, it's difficult to apply calcium when it is needed the most. With winter moisture, most fall applied calcium tends to move past the root zone of the crop come spring time. 

When spring/summer water usage begins, signs of sodium and soil crusting start to appear, affecting plant health and ultimately, yields.

AgriMend's unique solubility allows for effective applications in a low water environment; reducing soil sodium concentration, improving water infiltration rates, and nutrient uptake.

AGRIMENDS UNIQUE SOLUBILITY

It takes less than 100 gallons of water per acre to dissolve AgriMend's recommended application rate of 250 lbs. into the soil profile. 100 gallon is merely a fraction of an inch of water, making it suitable for even the lowest rainfall areas.

Due to its solubility, AgriMend can be applied anytime through the growing season. It can also be applied using various application methods (banded, broadcast and drilled). This gives growers a much longer application window and greater flexibility to ensure they get the maximum utility out of their calcium investment. 

 

AGRIMEND AS A TOOL FOR SODIUM MITIGATION

In low water environments, sodium accumulation creates real problems for growers. The problem is often magnified in low water environments where water quality is low due to high sodium levels. In this scenario, growers end up with an increasing accumulation of sodium in their soil that is difficult to manage.

SODIUM IN SOILS CAN:

• Reduce water infiltration and cause crusting
• Create nutrient imbalances and deficiencies
• Be toxic to plants stunting plants and burning leaves

AT WHAT LEVEL DOES SODIUM IMPACT MY YIELDS? 

Sodic Soils-                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Soil (ESP >10 or SAR>13) and soil pH > 8.5

Saline Sodic Soils-

EC > 3 plus (Soil ESP>10 or SAR>13) and soil pH<8.5

HOW DOES CALCIUM HELP REMOVE SODIUM FROM SOIL?

Sodic soils and saline/sodic soils can be amended using soluble calcium. However, in saline soils drainage needs to be first addressed before calcium is added.

To displace sodium from soil colloids calcium is needed. When applied, calcium displaces sodium leaving it free to leach past the root zone of the plant.

AGRIMEND THE OBVIOUS CHOICE

In low water environments and irrigated crops with high EC water, soluble calcium in the most important characteristic when evaluating calcium sources. In these situations applying gypsum to the surface of the soil is not the most efficient way to mitigate sodium. This is because there is very little soluble calcium in gypsum and this is what displaces sodium.

Agrimend's high solubility makes it the premier choice for this situation.

Agrimend Benefits:

  • Low application rates mean AgriMend covers more acres per truckload. Growers spend less money on freight and get more value from their calcium investment
  • AgriMend's granulated form means there is no special equipment required. This further adds to the flexibility of the product as growers have the option to use light machinery in between rains without risking compaction. AgriMend can be applied from the air, in specialized planting equipment, and with ground spreaders.
  • AgriMend can be applied in fertilizer blends. Application in blends enhances nutrient uptake and saves the grower a separate application through the field, reducing time and labor costs.