500 pounds will yield results equivalent to 1 ton of typical gypsum. Leaches excessive amounts of Sodium (Na) and Magnesium (Mg) from the soil. Supplies Calcium (Ca) without raising pH. Helps loosen compacted, heavy clay soils. Excellent source of Sulfate Sulfur. Satisfies the Calcium need of both the plant and the soil. Improves soil aeration.. read more →

Carboxylic acids are a form of an organic acid. All carboxylic contain one Carbon atom, one Oxygen atom, and one hydroxyl group. The combination of the atoms looks like this (COOH). Any grouping of molecules that contain these (COOH groupings) is considered a carboxylic acid. There are many, many types of carboxylic acids, some common examples are: Citric Acid (beverages), Acetic Acid (vinegar), Humic Acid, Fulvic Acid, Salicylic Acid (acne treatments), Malic Acid (sour tasting food ingredient), Lignin Sulfonate (wood pulp by-product), Oxalic Acid (Oxy Clean and other cleaners), Formic Acid (ant bites), some carboxylic acids are mixed with alcohols to produce flower smells and fragrances for perfume and colognes. read more →

Turf Managers throughout the East Coast of the US have been in a weather pattern not seen in a few years. Abundant amounts of rainfall. Thankfully, the really hot temperatures have not followed the rain, and other than scheduling issues the weather has not caused a lot of trouble for the most part. A few points to remember about your agronomic program during these rainy times. The term “LUXURY CONSUMPTION” can refer to many things but were going to focus on the two main issues for this article. Nutrition and Water Management. read more →

Plant tissue analysis offers a precise measurement of the nutritional status of a plant at the time the sample was collected; a snap shot in time. This information allows a manager to determine if a specific nutrient is lacking before a deficiency symptom becomes apparent. It also provides information on the relative health of the turf grass and interrelationships between all essential plant nutrients. When tissue testing is used in conjunction with a soil analysis, it can provide information of what nutrients are most critical and how best to correct them. One example of this is if pH is at a critical level, a foliar application of an iron compound might be preferable to a soil application. read more →

I received a call from a distributor salesman who had a golf course in South Texas that wanted to try VERDE-CAL G (enhanced gypsum) to combat the extremely high Sodium (Na) levels in his soils. He has very tough growing conditions. His soil base saturations levels were not balanced, and his water sources at times made things even worse (switching between irrigation lakes to wells to effluent). read more →