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Agricultural Liming Material (ALM) ®

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PCC is available 24-7 until further notice. Check the website for updates. Quite a few email addresses are no longer valid. Please contact us to update your email address.Please monitor the quality of the lime and don't take product that may give you problems unloading or working with. please be sure that your contact information is updated in the PCC program. Contact us at 320-329-4160, or 320-329-4130. Product at the pit may be damp and/or sticky. If this product will cause you problems please consider whether the PCC meets your needs. As a reminder overloaded trucks MUST go back to the loading area to remove product. No products of any type may be off loaded by the road or on the scale. Thank You When picking up lime from the factory (vs. the pit), please advise truckers to be conscientious of pedestrians and the posted road signage (i.e. 15 mph, 5 mph/no dust zone, rail yard crossings and stop signs). Specifically, extreme caution should be taken when crossing any railroad tracks, including the single track leading to pellet lead-out which must be crossed in order to be loaded with lime. All drivers must wear Hi-vis safety apparel at all times and locations if they step out of their truck. You will need to monitor the PCC condition if it is too damp for you do not take any. For loading conditions you may call the Tersteeg Loader at 320-522-1680 The current price for PCC is $0.00 per ton. All PCC loads MUST be tarped before leaving the SMBSC scale.

PCC Truck Traffic Directions and Map
Due to the hazards created by truck and equipment traffic near the PCC factory pick up location, we are requesting PCC Drivers follow the route defined below. The contractor in charge of loading PCC will determine which location will be used to load trucks PCC. The contractor will change the sign located in the East Scale House to indicate either PIT or PLANT and then notify plant security to change the sign located at the main factory scale to the same.

When loading at the pit all trucks will enter and leave on the pit road from 260th Street.

When loading in the plant all trucks will need to enter the plant haul road just north of the railroad tracks on 260th Street. Trucks entering the plant should follow signs and turn right just after passing the fence when entering the factory grounds. This road will take the trucks up towards the lime screenings pile. This road has adequate space to allow trucks to line up and stay in order while waiting to be loaded. Once trucks are loaded then they may exit on the haul road on the north side of the rail road tracks.

See the PCC Traffic Map for location of the entrance/exit roads.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements
All visitors to SMBSC are required to wear the following PPE while on SMBSC property. Your cooperation and adherence to the rules are required and help support a safe workplace.
  • High-Visibility vest/coat and safety glass when outside your vehicle
  • Hardhat and safety glasses when inside factory buildings
Field Storage Recommendations
As the producer of AgLime from processing sugar beets, SMBSC provides an environmentally sound product that reduces the impacts of mining and conserves valuable resources. This is a by-product and is subject to variations in ENP and moisture that our users should take into account when applying to fields. Our AgLime is occasionally stored on fields in preparation for post-harvest spreading and incorporation. Field storage is an acceptable management approach and as producers we have stewardship responsibilities to provide some guidance regarding pile location.

AgLime derived from sugar beet processing is moist and has some residuals that can cause odors when placed in a pile. The material is composed of uniform fine particles that may be dispersed by strong winds or rain run off. For these reasons, SMBSC suggests that the location of a field storage pile be selected to minimize the impact on adjacent residences, schools, churches, hospitals, parks and playgrounds as well as wetlands, shorelines and waterways/ditches. SMBSC recommends the following set backs as best management practices:
  • 200 feet from any home, church, school, roadway, waterway, ditch or open tile line intakes.
  • 600 feet from any hospital, park, playground, shoreline, wetland or water wells.
As a user of our AgLime product, your consideration for our neighbors and our environment is deeply appreciated.

Weight Restrictions
Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative complies with all of the laws of the state of Minnesota including those pertaining to the legal load limits. Our policy requires that any overloaded truck be sent back to unload (or transload) a sufficient portion of their lading so as to bring the overall gross vehicle weight to a level compliant with the law. Weight documentation (a weigh ticket) will not be issued until the vehicle’s load complies with legal requirements.

To save time urge your drivers take care to be in compliance prior to coming to the scale for their outbound weight.

Benefits of ALM ® in a Sugar Beet Rotation
The benefits of applying ALM® or PCC (Precipitated Calcium Carbonate) to sugar beet have been a topic of discussion in the past . Especially fields with a history of Aphanomyces root rot. Research conducted at NDSU observed the influence of 3 ton and 10 ton of factory lime per acre on sugar beet production in fields with a known infestation of Aphanomyces. Each lime rate raised pH and improved sugar beet plant health. However, the research indicated that pH neutralization may be quicker, and the benefit to sugar beet health and ability to escape Aphanomyces may last longer from the 10 ton/acre versus the 3 ton/acre application rate. Specific data from this research can be found in a report in the 2001 Sugarbeet Research and Extension Reports on pages 264-268 entitled Influence of Soil pH on Aphanomyces cochlioides in Sugarbeet.

The following information may help answer any questions you might have regarding involving PCC in your operation.

  • When will application of PCC benefit my operation?
  • If your field has a history of Aphanomyces root rot, or if you have a field or areas of a field that has a pH below 6.5, or if you have a field that has a questionable history of herbicides that carry over in low pH, PCC may benefit your sugar beet operation.
  • What rate should I apply PCC?
  • To this, there is no rule of thumb answer. Consider the cost of application, soil type, the specific reason behind applying the lime (such as considering the severity of Aphanomyces if applying for that reason), and how long before raising the crop for which the lime is being applied. The data suggests that 3 ton/acre may not be enough to handle tough Aphanomyces infestations.
  • When should PCC be applied in my rotation?
  • Lime should be allowed to neutralize for one cropping season prior to the target crop for which it is being applied. However, if a field has an issue with low pH, Aphanomyces, or carryover chemical, an application in the fall or spring immediately preceding sugar beet will benefit the crop versus no lime application.
  • If I have already spread PCC on my field for a previous sugar beet rotation, when do I need to reapply?
  • Again, the answer to this question is not immediately clear. However, the best guideline to determine if/when reapplication is needed may be to monitor soil pH. If soil pH begins to fall into a range of concern, then a reapplication may be necessary. However, if pH neutralization is not the only benefit coming from lime, then applications that are more frequent may be necessary.
  • Is SMBSC factory lime "clean"?
  • Yes. The lime is used to purify beet juice. The juice has been exposed to temperatures in excess of 180 degrees and pH's above 12. Thus, any fungal or viral pathogens existing in the beet juice having the potential to infect the lime, is effectively denatured or destroyed.
Thank you for choosing SMBSC and feel free to contact me with questions or comments.
Darvin Hauptli
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