AgriMend For A Better Yield

AgriMend is a highly soluble source of Calcium and Sulfur combined with essential micronutrients. AgriMend’s granulated form provides easy application and blending. AgriMend is the premium source for targeting plant and soil deficiencies, and to mitigate soil sodium levels. It owes its industry leading solubility to its unique geological inception. It is the result of a unique high temperature and pressure geothermal event.

Soluble calcium affords the farmer maximum utility by being able to time applications for when soluble calcium can have the maximum effect and fastest return on investment.

In an Agrimend study Colorado State University researchers indicates that amending soil with AgriMend helps regulate micronutrient concentration in the soil, improves soil organic matter, and helps soil retain more nitrogen after potato harvest. In the study, total tuber yield and premium size tuber yield was significantly increased when AgriMend was applied.

AgriMend Benefits

Superior Solubility

  • Overall Product Solubility Comparison in H₂O at 23˚C over 24 hours in a laboratory:
  • AgriMend – 30% 125 times more soluble than gypsum
  • Gypsum – 0.24% Calcium source ground up limestone

Provides pH tolerant nutrients

Unique mineral characteristics combined with superior solubility allows greater availability of micronutrients in soils with unfavorable pH. SOIL TEST Lawn care companies don’t pay attention to soil PH 7 is neutral

Low Application rates

AgriMend’s unmatched solubility allows for application rates that range between 50-250 lbs per acre.  This presents a strong benefit compared to Gypsum and Lime’s application rates, which range from 1-4 tons per acre.

Seamlessly integrates into your current application methods

AgriMend is a granular product that can be applied a variety of ways

  • Top Dress
  • At Planting
  • Drip Lines

Can be applied any time during the year

Unmatched solubility and low application rates allow producers to apply AgriMend during numerous opportunities Agrimend Soluble Calciumwithin a growing season.

Can be blended with dry fertilizer

AgriMend is a granular product with an SGN size of 140-280. It blends very well with other dry fertilizer products reducing application frequency within a season.

Benefits of AgriMend as a granular product

AgriMend can remain in the soil without fear of blowing away through soil creep and wind erosion. Granules prevents caking and reduce application dust, improving application accuracy, but Agrimend will dissolve.

Helps reduce waterlogged soils

The Calcium Sulfate CaSO₄ properties (anions) in AgriMend aid in the repelling of soil particles in clay-based soils, increasing flocculation and dispersing moisture effectively within the soil.

AgriMend’s benefits in your composting operation

  • works to prevent fermenting compost from releasing large quantities of nitrogen in the form of ammonia.
  • ties up this nitrogen as ammonium sulfate and by retaining nitrogen, prevents the release of unpleasant odors.
  • improves compost aeration and enhances microbial activity within composting materials.

Help reduce toxic levels of Magnesium in the soil

The high solubility of Calcium allows for a balancing of the Ca/Mg ratio to an optimal level (optimal Ca/Mg ratio ranges from 4:1 – 7:1 respectively)

AgriMend’s properties aid in the prevention of potential imbalances (toxic levels of Magnesium) in the Ca/Mg ratio that can sometimes result from addition of dolomitic Lime. The addition of Calcium to the soil aids in the displacement of Magnesium, creating a soil environment that fosters increased growth.

Remediate Sodic Soils

Sodic soils are a result of high levels of sodium, yet low levels of total salts. This imbalance causes soil particles to disperse, creating poor tilth and causing the soil to become hard, cloddy, crusty and impermeable to water. The available Calcium replaces Na on the CEC exchange sites allowing NaSO₄ to form and leach from the soil.

AgriMend offers neutral (total salts) to the soil and breaks through the cloddy barriers by displacing the sodium particles that are attracted to the clay.

Correct subsoil acidity issues

The ideal levels of Sulfur and exchangeable Calcium aid in the amelioration of subsoil acidity and promotes soil reclamation.

The available Magnesium found in AgriMend activates a large number of enzymes, mitigating aluminum phytotoxicity.

In acidic subsoils, soluble aluminum is toxic to plant roots and causes root-pruning. Calcium will displace aluminum, allowing it to be leached below the rooting depths with adequate moisture. The more calcium that is leached through the subsoil, the more aluminum is also leached. Lime has a similar effect in the topsoil, but because of low solubility and mobility in the soil, it cannot reach the depths of the subsoil. AgriMend’s higher solubility and mobility increases the speed and effectiveness of this process.

Helps reduce nutrient runoff and erosion

AgriMend’s ability to strengthen soil structure by flocculating the dense soil base (clay dominate soil), will allow filtration through the clay base and prevent deterioration and loss of the A Horizon.

The unique combination of CaCO₃ and CaSO₄ helps to decrease leaching of potassium in the soil.

Benefits of Sulfur in AgriMend

Sulfur availablity provides a structural component of protein and peptides.

  • Sulfur is essential in the conversion of inorganic Nitrogen into proteins.
  • Sulfur is a catalyst in chlorophyll production.
  • Sulfur promotes nodule formation in legumes.
  • Sulfur is a structural component in various enzymes.

Sulfur is more important than ever before

Revisions to the US Clean Air Act in 1999 resulted in a dramatic reduction of emissions of Sulfur Dioxide, which in-turn lowered the atmospheric Sulfur deposition that once existed through the form of acid-rainfall.

Organic materials and more concentrated fertilizers have become more prevalent in the market.  Reduced use of sulfur-containing fertilizers and pesticides have further decreased Sulfur depositions, creating noticeable Sulfur deficiencies in crops.

AgriMend provides a soluble and efficient medium of Sulfur to the soil that remedies Sulfur deficiencies.

Synergistic action of minerals and the effect on plant enzymes

Enzymes are catalyzers of plant growth processes. Enzymes direct forces in plant cell metabolism, determine what substances are to be synthesized and direct the flow of energy and plant life.

The rate of growth, utilization of minerals, vigor and chemical composition of plants all depend directly on the activities of hundreds of enzyme systems. These enzymes work in a chain and each one is catalyzed by a different mineral.

If the enzyme link is broken due to the absence of one or more minerals, the entire system falls apart affecting plant growth.

This is the reason the interrelationship of all minerals is very important and why AgriMend’s inter-related mineral combinations keep the chain intact and help the plant utilize enzymes to the fullest extent.

Plant enzyme effect on protein

Enzymes consist of basic protein material in combination with minerals, vitamins, hormones, and amino acids. Each enzyme system is a different combination with chemical reactions taking place at the rate of thousands per second.

The quality of the protein material produced for the multitude of enzyme systems is dependent on the amount of chlorophyll available. Chlorophyll synthesis depends on the adequacy and availability of all required minerals.

The basic sources of the chlorophyll, in addition to the sun’s rays, are carbon dioxide, amino acids, glycine, water and minerals. Supplying minerals in plant available form as found in AgriMend can stimulate the growth of the plant.

Manganese (Mn) Benefits

  • Assists assimilation of carbon dioxide in photosynthesis
  • Aids in the synthesis of chlorophyll and in nitrate assimilation
  • Manganese activates fat forming enzymes
  • Essential in the formation of riboflavin, ascorbic acid, and carotene
  • Functions in electron transport during photosynthesis

Addresses glyphosate induced Manganese (Mn) deficiencies

Glyphosate resistant crops need up to 50% more Mn to meet their physiological sufficiency than conventional varieties.

Glyphosate in root exudates of weeks and GM tolerant plants changes the rhizosphere biology to reduce the availability of Fe, Mn and other essential mineral nutrients for crop uptake.

Mn deficiency can compromise plant resistance mechanisms

Effectively timed applications of AgriMend can help offset Mn and Fe deficiencies in crops positively impacting yields.

Addresses Iron (Fe) deficiencies

  • Aids with chlorophyll development and function
  • Plays a role in energy transfer within the plant.
  • A constituent for certain enzymes and proteins.
  • Iron functions in plant respiration and metabolism
  • Important in Nitrogen fixation.

Addresses Cobalt deficiencies

  • Essential element for Nitrogen fixing bacteria
  • Aids in Nitrogen metabolism for legumes.

A solution for the most wide-spread micronutrient deficiency: Zinc

Zinc is vital for protein metabolism, pollen formation and building resistances to plant pathogens and infection.

Zinc deficiencies frequently occur in areas where the topsoil has been removed by:

  1. Leveling for irrigation
  2. Erosion
  3. Terrace channel construction

Zinc deficiencies are prevalent in cold, wet areas and can become intensified in years with heavy rainfall in the spring.

High phosphate levels and salt concentrations are major contributors to Zinc deficiencies.

AgriMend contains 0.003% Zn content.

In soils, the total Zn concentration ranges between .00001% -.0003 % (per kg of soil)

Acts as a supplement for the 2nd most deficient micronutrient: Boron

Boron is essential for transporting sugars for root growth, and the development in root nodules.

  • Boron improves the utilization of Nitrogen
  • Soils with a high pH are more apt to have a Boron deficiency
  • Deficiencies of Boron usually occur in sandy soil or areas with high levels of leaching.
  • AgriMend contains 0.02% B content
  • AgriMend serves as a combatant to Molybdenum deficiencies
  • Functions in converting nitrates (NO₃) into amino acids within the plant
  • Essential to the symbiotic nitrogen fixing bacteria in legumes
  • Essential to the conversion of inorganic P into organic forms in the plant

 FAQ

Will application of trace minerals assure assimilation with the plant?

No moisture, heat, dryness, acidity, alkalinity, organic content, soil profile, and moisture are all influencing factors in locking up soil minerals.

Can I use AgriMend as a source of sulfur, magnesium, iron, boron, manganese, cobalt, zinc?

Soil testing is recommended to take a “snapshot” of what is happening in the soil at that particular time. If the test indicates a deficiency in any of these nutrients, AgriMend is the first choice to address the deficiency.

Does AgriMend work on all crops?

There are 16 essential nutrients for plant growth. AgriMend provides a spectrum of minerals that benefit plant and soil health and production.

Will your product help neutralize soil acidity?

Yes, AgriMend has a calcium carbonate component. Like lime minerals, AgriMend’s carbonate is the catalyst to assist in neutralizing acid soils by its interaction with the H+ ion.

When should I use the product?

AgriMend has a number of application methods depending on the crop and management practices. Consult your local dealer for specific recommendations. Generally, AgriMend is applied as a pre-plant amendment, combined with other granular products or in furrow.

What about sodic soil issues?

Yes, sodic soils (soils with high exchangeable Na and low total salts) can be improved with the use of AgriMend. Sodic soils are typically soils with poor overall structure with drainage issues being common. Sodic soils are a complicated issue depending on soil composition, management practices, irrigation water salinity levels, common crop types and more. Adding calcium does replace sodium in the soil and thus allows the sodium to leach out. AgriMend provides an excellent source of calcium.

Can I use in furrow without hurting the seed?

Yes, following the recommended application guidelines for in furrow situations provides a host of benefits.

How often should I apply AgriMend?

Every field has its own set of unique characteristics. Monitoring crop performance year over year, tissue testing and soil testing will dictate application rates. Contact your local distributor on specific recommendations.

Can you apply too much?

We suggest following recommended guidelines for your specific soil is requiring. By following these guidelines, over application is avoided and cost/benefits are optimized.

Can I blend AgriMend with other granular products?

Yes, AgriMend comes in a standardized granular form.

How long until I see results?

There is no blanket answer for this question. There are many intricate characteristics and relationships that are unique to each field. Corrections of a number of issues depend on the severity of deficiencies, soil structure issues and pH imbalances. AgriMend can produce noticeable results rapidly as the product is so soluble.

Will it work in a no till situation? I am a no till farmer, is it effective without tilling the product in?

Yes, because of high solubility, the product will leach down with moisture and even mitigate capping issues that might be occurring. AgriMend does this through improving flocculation and water infiltration.

I want to deep till my fields. Should I apply AgriMend before or after tillage?

To maximize the effects, it is recommended that application of our product occur after tillage so that the nutrients can reach their full potential and remain available in the optimal area of soil complex.

Can I use AgriMend on Alfalfa? 

AgriMend is a great source of calcium and sulfur for alfalfa.  AgriMend also contains other essential trace minerals important to growth; Boron, Manganese, Magnesium, and Molybdenum. Alfalfa is highly responsive to all of these nutrients resulting in higher yields and nutritional content.

What is the source for AgriMend?

The roots are traced back to 1947 when Emil Lionelle found what was said to be an “interesting” looking rock while on one of his exploration treks in the mountains of Colorado. Emil brought that rock back and placed some of it on his tomato plants. The results spoke for themselves and over 60 years the resource called “Planters II” became widely known as the pinnacle product for agricultural mineral soil amendments and livestock supplements.

This resource dates back to the Mississippian-Pennsylvanian geologic period. It came to be from a unique set of events over tens of thousands of years. Minerals comprising this resource are part of a highly metamorphosed fresh water evaporate from high amounts of sediment and dissolved minerals.

This deposit was protected from erosion by granite intrusions while simultaneously being subjected to high amounts of pressure and steam from fresh water intrusions and geothermal activity. These unique events created a highly soluble one of a kind resource. Thionic acid, tetrathionate, highly soluble Calcium, sulfur and a host of micronutrients make a highly efficient and effective resource for soils and plants.

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