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Monday, July 26, 2010


I went to Litchfield today, but really nothing to report.

Calcium is the nutrient of the day. Calcium is critical for proper maturation of plants. It is also a nutrient that contributes to soil tilth, microbial action and uptake of other nutrients. Calcium is plentiful in the soil, but it is often added to the soil in the form of lime to neutralize the effects of ammonia fertilizers. It is relatively inexpensive in the Midwest at least, so there is no excuse for not using lime. Calcium can also be added to the soil in the form of gypsum to balance excess magnesium without effecting pH. Gypsum also adds sulfur.

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