Sub-micronized calcium for better quality crops

Delivering the right amount of calcium at the right time

A crop’s demand for available calcium spikes to a high level at the onset of fruit, tuber, nut or bulb formation. A calcium deficiency at this point in development results in dividing cells being unable to stay bound together. This causes problems like hollow heart in potatoes, blossom end rot in tomatoes, and poor storability.

ENCOURAGE® NANOCAL® is a readily available, soil-applied calcium supplement that dramatically improves fruit and tuber quality. Unlike typical calcium additives with particle sizes up to 80 microns, NANOCAL is milled to less than one micron.

NANOCAL’s improved calcium uptake benefits include:

  • Increased firmness in fruit or flesh
  • Better uniformity of maturity
  • Increased yield and coloring
  • Reduction in calcium deficiency-based physiological disorders
  • Improved shelf life and storability

Advantages of sub-micronized calcium.

The one-micron-sized calcium found in NANOCAL provides roots a denser field of calcium particle for uptake. Unlike other calcium additives that are far too big to be readily absorbed, NANOCAL’s unique nano-sized calcium carbonate allows the immediate movement into the meristematic region of growing roots for superior fruit and tuber development.

NANOCAL’s 1-micron size is small enough to be immediately taken up by plants.

Foliar-applied calcium will not translocate to roots.

The movement of calcium is primarily through a plant’s transpiration system. For the plant to grow, a steady supply of calcium and water must be supplied by the root system. NANOCAL prevents calcium deficiency by delivering a high concentration of soluble calcium in the soil immediately surrounding the plant’s root system.

Soil-applied NANOCAL calcium particles are immediately available to developing tubers or fruit.

Soil flocculation for improved growing conditions.

An additional benefit of NANOCAL is soil structure improvement. After disassociation from the calcium carbonate molecule in the soil, the positively charged calcium ions bond to the negatively charged clay particles, which opens up pore space for better water and oxygen penetration and reduced resistance to root growth.

 Flocculation Before / After

The only calcium supplement with TransXylem™ technology.

The proprietary TransXylem™ technology in NANOCAL facilitates easy movement of material upward from the roots to the fruits and other parts of the plant. This translocation up the xylem ensures calcium is delivered in the most effective way to benefit the entire plant.

Timing of applications:

  • Potatoes: Apply 1-3 weeks prior to hook
  • Stone and Pome fruit: Apply at petal fall
  • Indeterminate crops: Apply at bloom with subsequent applications every 14 to 21 days for continuous crop development
  • Other crops: Apply just before fruit/vegetable initiation

Calcium Increases in Potatoes

Oro-Agri ENCOURAGE NANOCAL Calcium Uptake in Potatoes

Calcium Increases by Crop

Oro-Agri ENCOURAGE NANOCAL Calcium Uptake by Crop