Welcome to the Benefits of CaluSolv to Alfalfa and Clover Crops page!
Are you tired of dealing with soil compaction, low water infiltration rates, and weak root systems? Look no further! Calusolv is specifically designed to address these issues and much more for your alfalfa, clover, and other legume crops.
CaluSolv can help. We provide solutions to these issues and more. See how we have helped alfalfa and clover crops in Iowa. Get the white paper here.
Here are some of the many benefits of Calusolv:
- Reduced soil compaction, increased soil aggregation and porosity, resulting in better water infiltration and retention, which leads to better drought resistance.
- Increased root growth and deeper root systems, which increases root cap formation and cell division in plants for root and shoot growth. Calcium and boron are crucial in cell division and cell elongation in primary root development.
- Increased nodulation and nitrogen fixation in legumes. Calcium plays a crucial role in signaling symbiotic rhizobium bacteria that fix nitrogen in legumes. In addition, boron plays a vital role in the assimilation of nitrogen in the plant.
- Improved seedling emergence, seedling vigor, and stand establishment.
- Faster re-growth after each cutting. Nitrogen fixation by rhizobium bacteria slows after cutting, and calcium and boron are responsible for root re-growth and signaling rhizobium bacteria to re-establish nodulation. Nitrate-N also supports re-growth.
- Increased stand longevity.
- Improved winter hardiness.
- Thicker stands to suppress weed and grass growth.
- Increases plant uptake of nitrogen and potassium from soil reserves. Alfalfa requires approximately 45 lbs. of potassium per acre / ton produced.
- Increased amino acid and complete protein production, resulting in higher protein content.
- Overall increased nutrient uptake and utilization (assimilation) of nutrients in the plants.
- In clover crops, promotes increased pollen tube growth and pollen germination.
- Stimulates and provides a food source for beneficial bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi, unlike many other fertilizer applications that can negatively impact soil microbe populations. Calcium in plants signals symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi to form relationships with legumes to assist in nitrogen fixation and phosphate uptake.
- Helps stabilize pH levels. Humates in Calusolv help stabilize pH levels in the soil, provide a food source for soil microbes and act as a buffer to stabilize phosphorus, boron, sulfur, and nitrate-N in the soil, keeping them from leaching.
One case study involved a 16-acre alfalfa field in Lucas County, IA. The field was conventionally farmed in a typical corn/soybean rotation with synthetic fertilizer and chemical pesticide applications. In the fall of 2019, the field was planted with alfalfa, and since then, the only materials applied to the field have been Calusolv, pelleted lime in 2019, and gypsum in 2021. A water infiltration test showed that the alfalfa field treated with Calusolv has an 8.4X greater infiltration rate than the soybean field and a 17.8X greater infiltration rate than the corn field. Additionally, the alfalfa field had an increase in annual production over the years, with an average ton per acre of 2.8 in 2019 to 4.46 in 2022.
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