Is Calcium A Limiting Factor For Johnny''s Corn
2 Aug 232 min 33 sec

We talk a lot about Calcium as a limiting factor. Damian talks with Johnny Verell about a calcium trial he is conducting in his corn crop. 

00:00 You've heard a lot about calcium, calcium products, calcium deficiency. If you've tuned into past episodes of anything we've done here in extreme ag, 00:06 why? Because calcium's actually quite important. It's a micronutrient that we never thought that much about until recently. Sure you had lime and all that pH stuff, 00:13 but we're talking about calcium as a mover of nutrients or a conduit to help you move nutrients or the way it binds with other stuff. 00:20 So we've got another calcium trial going on with my man, Johnny Rell here in Jackson, Tennessee. 00:25 This corn behind us suffers from calcium deficiency. It's like, uh, an elderly woman 00:29 That's like, has osteoporosis And breaks the hip. Am I right? Yeah. Doesn't look like it looks really good to me. No, it looks good. It looks good. 00:34 And that's, that's one of the thing we've been seeing. And you know, talking to Matt and Kelly throughout the winter, 00:38 they were talking about how they had a product that they thought was really good in a response. Kelly thought it worked really good on his farm. 00:43 Matt said it's doing okay on his, I wanted to see really what he was gonna do on our soil, because when we pull tissue samples, 00:49 a lot of times we got optimal nutrients all the way across the board. But calcium is one. We're always the weakest in. Okay. 00:54 So, and we, we gotta be know, admitting the truth here we're, we've done some stuff with agro liquids. Uh, liberate ca Kelly swears by it. 01:03 He puts it out through his drip, subsurface drip irrigation. He's like, man, this has really made some big cha changes for me. He says, 01:08 but I didn't lag calcium. He has a lot of calcium in the soil, but it wasn't available. And then Matt says, 01:14 I've put out this liberate ca and I can tell you, I'm not sure I see a big thing. You're about four hours drive. You're kind of at the midway point, not quite. You're closer to man. 01:22 What do you Expect? Well, looking at the tissue sample stuff, I think we're gonna get the response we want. Now, 01:27 does that transfer into yield? That'll be later on this fall. But what we're seeing right now, 01:31 it does look like it's getting into the plant a lot Better. There's more calcium, that's the other one. Does more calcium in the plant equal more bushels in the bin? 01:36 It just depends. We'll see. All right. What do you think it is about calcium that we now care about it so much? Because I'm guessing I met your father today. 01:44 He worry about calcium 20 years ago. No, I think the other things we're always their limiting factor. Nowadays we're starting to balance all the nutrients in the plants, 01:51 the phosphorus, the nitrogen, stuff like that. That seems like there's something else gonna be our limiting factor. So calcium seems to be, is 01:57 What do you, uh, think compared to a control besides the tissue samples? Anything? Have you seen anything? Height of plants, rigidity of stalk, 02:05 Basically I'm not seeing anything difference just from the calcium itself. So, we'll, we'll just see, like I said, the yield monitor tell the difference. 02:11 The white wagon will at the end of the year. Got it. We'll talk about calcium deficiency, how to get more calcium into your plants. 02:16 So stay tuned on all the cool labs and trials we're doing here at Extreme Ag. This one on calcium because it's kind of a new frontier for Johnny. 02:22 And we'll see what happens. Damien Mason, Johnny Verell coming at you from a gravel road outside of a cornfield outside of Jackson, Tennessee.

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