• Liquid Fish 2-5-0.2

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    Liquid Fish 2-5-0.2

    Request a quote onLiquid-Fish-2-5-0.2Liquid Fish 2-5-0.2 is fresh water fish. It's made by grinding the fish scraps, including the head, the guts, and everything else in there. They then acidify it with some phosphoric acid. The enzymes from the fish guts are what digest and break down this fish. They let it sit for a couple of months while it's digesting and breaking down. So the real nice thing about this fish is that it yields a good level of calcium and phosphorus and a lot of colloidal trace minerals coming right out of the bone. It's an excellent fish for the calcium and the phosphorus. There's about a 1% calcium content and about half the phosphorus in the analysis (a total of 5) is derived from the breakdown of bones, the other half is from the addition of the phosphoric acid.

    We find this to be a very good fish to be used for soils that are short on soluble or available phosphates. This can be a very quick and immediate boost. It really can push the energy of the soil up. This fish could also be used as a foliar spray because of the phosphoric acid. And in foliar spraying we would probably put about 2 quarts up to a gallon per acre.

    Typical rates for very low phosphorus organic soils would be somewhere around 30-50 gallons an acre. That'll give a very nicel level of available phosphorus for the growing season. It will also supply acidity because this product has a pH of about 3.5. It provides acidity to breakdown and acidify the limestone and soft rock phosphate that could very well be included with this fish as part of the program. This is a soluble portion that helps to make the soft rock phosphate more available. So they work together.

    We use this fish primarily in organics on low phosphate soil. And we would use a 5-1-1 fish more frequently in organics on a nitrogen-loving crop like corn. And a lot of times we'll use the 2-5-0.2 liquid fish on the organic soils in things like beans or pasture production where you need to get your phosphates up. That's primarily where we're using this fish.

    It comes in bulk semi loads, about 5,000 gallons (or a little over) per bulk tanker. Or it could be purchased in smaller quantities in totes or semi loads of totes. The best pricing is definitely going to come by full semi loads, whether in totes or in tanker.

  • Starter Fertilizer 8-25-0

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    Starter Fertilizer 8-25-0

    Starter Fertilizer 8-25-0Starter Fertilizers

    It was April 29th and 38° as I drove into work. By this time 20% of the corn has been planted in our county. It was cold and rainy. While the rain is welcome the cold is another story.

    Cold soil temperatures have a direct impact on the availability of phosphorus in soil. The cooler the soil, the more phosphorus is tied up. This tie-up of phosphorus directly impacts the health of emerging seedlings. Tied up phosphorus in soil means the plant will likewise be deficient in phosphorus.

    Phosphorus is the P in ATP. ATP is a critical component in the energy cycle of plants. When phosphorus is low in plant tissue plants grow slower, have reduced root mass, and are more susceptible to insect and disease pressure.

    When seeds germinate and find a plentiful supply of available phosphorus, the emerging seedling will have a higher level of phosphorus in its tissue. By the time a corn plant reaches V2, its pattern of phosphorus sufficiency or insufficiency is mostly cemented in place. The goal is to set the health of the seedling with dry matter phosphorus readings of 0.35% or higher in the plant tissue.

    Here are some guidelines for testing phosphorus: harvest the entire plant at V2 and submit for a plant tissue analysis.

    % Phosphorus on Dry Matter Basis
    0.15%      Critically Deficient
    0.25%      Low
    0.35%      Sufficient
    0.45%      Excellent Level

    Roots are the foundation of plant health. When soils are wet and cold, seedlings do not have aggressive root growth. At the same time soil phosphorus is virtually all tied up. With less root mass there is less uptake of phosphorus. To have healthy roots a seedling must have an adequate supply of phosphorus. This leads to the circular situation where seedlings need phosphorus to grow roots so they can get the phosphorus they need.

    The solution to this predicament is to use a starter. The colder and wetter the soil, the more critical a starter becomes. Of course not all starters are equal so let’s explore some options.

    Chemically, phosphorus is available in 2 forms: ortho and poly. Plants utilize phosphorus only in the ortho form, H2PO4. When 2 or more orthophosphate ions join together it becomes poly phosphate. Polyphosphate cannot be used by plants. First the phosphate ions must be detached by microbial digestion to become orthophosphate.

    The problem with using polyphosphates as a starter is that cold, wet soils do not have enough microbial activity to convert the poly to ortho quick enough. To be healthy seedlings need to get out of the ground and to the V2 stage with at least 0.35% phosphorous.

    This is why a starter needs to be 100% orthophosphate. Late planted corn that germinates in warm soil could probably get by with a 70:30 ortho/poly mix.

    One word of caution when selecting a starter; just because a fertilizer is ortho does not mean it is your best choice. DAP or diammonium phosphate is 100% ortho phosphate. It is available as a fertilizer grade, 18-46-0, or the technical grade 21-53-0 that can be liquefied. This fertilizer will give off free ammonia that will harm the seed and burn seedling tissue. Urea can do the same thing. Do not put either of these with the seed.

    International Ag Labs has a 100% orthophosphate starter with an analysis of 8-25-0. It also has 0.1% zinc and 0.1% manganese. We purposely do not have potassium in the starter to keep the salt index as low as possible.

    This starter is available by the semi load or by 275 gallon totes from our warehouse. We also have live microbial inoculants and support packages that can be applied with the starter. Give us a call if you would like to talk. 507-235-6909.

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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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