On the farm and in the lab, Calcine®-treated soils have enhanced permeability and improved infiltration. These changes encourage the earthworm population to grow. U.S. farms often have very low worm populations in their soils- a common symptom of poor soil health. By applying Calcine®, producers strengthen earthworm populations, leading to improved soil structure, increased nutrient cycling, and ultimately higher plant productivity.
Soils, whether dryland or irrigated, accumulate salts from various sources, such as manure, fertilizers, ponding, and evaporation, which reduces water-holding capacity and creates run-off of needed moisture and nutrients. On affected farms plant performance declines and bottom-line margins tighten. Calcine® improves soil structure, which increases soil water-holding capacity and permeability.
Salts eliminated through Calcine® application can be replaced by higher value nutrients such as calcium, which improves soil fertility, structure, and permeability. Calcine® application also increases soil organic matter and improves nutrient efficiency (particularly nitrogen) by strengthening earthworm populations.
Tom Vander Heiden
Certified Crop Advisor
We’ve taken areas that haven’t produced a crop in almost 20 years and are starting to get crops to grow back in those areas. We’ve got a number of areas where, in the last 3 years we’ve taken fields from no production to basically full production today.
"Farming along the Red River and dealing with spring flooding, and being located as far north as we are where the colder temperatures make us one of the last areas to start planting most years, Calcine has quickly become a valuable tool in our operation!"