CALCIUM is the single most important nutrient in high-production agriculture. in terms of microbe, plant and animal nutrition. It is needed more by weight and volume, than any other element. On a cellular level, it is calcium that chiefly determines the strength and resistance of cell walls and membranes.
THE IMPORTANCE OF CALCIUM IN HIGH PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE
Importance in the soil
Adequate Calcium and the correct calcium-magnesium ratio contribute to good soil structure to create water and oxygen rich, aerobic soils. This environment is necessary for the soil’s decomposing agents, the microorganism, to flourish and convert crop. Residue into mild organic acids, carbonic acids and CO2 (the gas needed in plant respiration). Some of these acids are further broken down into soil minerals and some are converted into natural mineral chelates. The rest become part of the Humus Complex, which is the factor in increased retention of moisture and nutrients in the soil.
Importance in Plants
Calcium is required by any organism to form and stregthen its cell walls. Adequate calcium in plants ensures vigorous healthy growth,disease resistance and protection from toxins. Insufficient calcium retards cell division thus affecting growing points of the plants such as root tips, shoots, and fruit. With sufficient calcium to strengthen cell walls, fruit have longer shelf life and resist a range of breakdown conditions and rots.