• Carbonized Limestone

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    Carbonized Limestone

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    Online Quote Request Form for Carbonized LimestoneCarbonized Limestone is a new offering from International Ag Labs. This is a new product made exclusively by Calcium Products, Inc. Carbonized Limestone is finely ground high calcium lime stone mixed with dry carbons (humates), dry carbohydrate, and liquid humate then pelletized.

    Carbonized Limestone is currently an exclusive product only available through International Ag Labs and through our Fertilizer Brokerage. We're pleased to offer this product for fall fertilization. Production is currently available.

    Carbonized Limestone is a pelletized product and it will be easy to use in a fertilizer spreader. We've seen some very good results by using this pelletized product. We've seen some very dramatic changes in the plants and in the productivity of the fields when used. We're very excited about Carbonized Limestone because we feel this is a premium product; it gets results with raising your calcium levels.

    Why “Carbonize” Lime?

    Calcium is heavy, so when it's put out in the soil, it has a tendency to sink down. Because it sinks, it'll soon go out of the root zone. Carbon, on the other hand, has a tendency to float in the soil and move up. So when we “carbonize” the limestone we end up putting both of these in each other's way, so the limestone has a hard time going down and the carbon is slowed in its tendency to go up. In effect then, the bacteria have more time to digest and break down that limestone, increasing its availability to plants.

    The “carbonization” of the lime adds to the quality, and increase the availability of calcium. The limestone in Carbonized Limestone is very high quality, nearly pure, 38% calcium, it's very finely ground, to a size of about 100-200 mesh or finer. It's actually the dust that's sucked out of the air and then pelletized. So it's one of the best limestone products out there.

    Why Not Just Use a Pelletized Limestone?

    We also sell pelletized limestone without the “carbonization”. It is a little bit cheaper, but the effectiveness is reduced in that it's not held up in the top 6 inches of the soil. It is a very high quality calcium and a very fine grind as well. The difference is just that it's not “carbonized” and that changes its efficiency.

    We find that calcium is short on most soils. We find that a lot of the restoration of soil requires addressing calcium. It's one of the first things we look at and it's one of the things that may require the most of in terms of pounds of availability. It takes a number of years to restore the calcium levels from a very depleted soil. Many times organic production fails to address the need for limestone or the need for available calcium and they have a very low level of calcium with high levels of phosphorus and potassium. This creates for a very bad situation.

    Limestone is one of the key things we use to raise available calcium. We would also consider using things like soft rock phosphate (which is a calcium phosphate), gypsum (a calcium sulfate), and calcium nitrate (which is explained by its name). All of those combined can more quickly raise available calcium. We've seen a lot of that happen in gardens when we used multiple forms of calcium. Applying multiple forms of calcium together works really well.

    Suggested Rates of Carbonized Limestone

    Typical recommended application rates for Carbonized Limestone can be anywhere from about 200 lbs. up to a ton, not very often at a ton rate, most of the time 1,000 lbs. is our upper level of recommendations. Sometimes 200-300 lbs. is going to do a lot of good, especially when you're in the middle of a growing season.

    Carbonized Limestone is available in 40# bags, 1 ton tote bags, and bulk semi-loads in hopper bottoms. It is our top suggestion to replace limestone in recommendations to Carbonized Limestone. We feel its agronomic value is probably double that of the regular pelletized limestone. That's just our rough off-the-cuff opinion.


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  • Humates

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    Online Quote Request FormHumates are a very soft coal called leonardite. They're primarily carbon with a lot of trace minerals and they're normally ground quite fine. They provide a lot of good carbons derived from ancient trees or jungle, etc.

    Humates come in 2 forms, the dry form and the liquified form. What they do is grind the leanardite to make a dry humate. They can also take those dry ground humates and put that in with various alkalizing substances to make a liquid. The liquid is actually made soluble so it's not just in suspension, but it's soluble liquid humate. We work a lot with soluble liquid humates and when they're made right, they can help supply carbons in the soil. They also stimulate biology and do a lot of good things.

    Humates have carbon which causes the soil to have a tendency to rise, humates always want to come up in the soil, always seeking to come to the surface, just like a cork in the water that always wants to float. So what we use dry humates for especially is to carbonize limestone, because  when we put calcium out in the form of limestone, it wants to sink into the soil and as it sinks it goes out of the root zone.

    The thing that we've done is use dry humates to mix in with powdered limestone. We use 15 lbs. per ton of dry quarry limestone and we mix that in. It mixes in very easily, it just kind of electromagnetically mixes right in. It turns the white limestone a gray color and we basically have a really nice product because the limestone wants to go down and the carbons up. They get in each other's way, and that allows more time for the biology to break down the limestone and release the calcium out of it. It works out really good. The carbonized limestone works really well to make the calcium more available by giving the microbes more time to digest the limestone.

    For most all other applications we're recommending the use of small quantities of liquified humates because they're already soluble and ready to go to work. The dry humates as far as the stimulating effect on biology, it's just not very quick.

    We offer humates in 50 lb. bags on pallets and it's very fine stuff that can be mixed with limestone. If you're interested in liquids, you can contact our office for pricing and availability of products.

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As we enter the Fall season, a few reminders of what we can offer you:

High Phosphate Liquid Fish

There is an ongoing sale on 2-5-0.2 high phosphate liquid fish. A 10% discount on your regular price for all shipments before December 31st, 2017. Bulk 5000 gallon tankers or 275 gallon totes. Tell us how much you are looking for.

Potassium Sulfate 0-0-50

Looking for potassium sulfate (0-0-50)? We have it bulk or bag, ag granular both standard and organic OMRI. Would you be interested in an ag gran potassium sulfate with the needed micronutrients coated right onto each granule to more accurately cover your soil needs? Ask us more about that!

Soft Rock Phosphate

We have both the powder & granular soft rock phosphate available in bulk as well as bags. What kind do you need?

Chilean Nitrate

Ever try Chilean nitrate? We have the new 15-0-2 Chilean nitrate in bulk bags (2,645 lbs ea.) and pallets of 50’s (56 bags/pallet).

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Ask me for a delivered price to your zip code. Please specify the type of truck you can receive loads in and whether you need bagged or bulk.

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