Calcium is seen as the backbone, the mediator, the mentor, the organizer. All minerals in the soil should balance to the quantity of water soluble or "available" calcium in the soil. Generally, calcium is believed to play the following roles:
- Improves soil structure "by enabling flocculation of the soil particles."
- Is the tour guide and mediator of all minerals.
- Stimulated growth of soil microbes.
- Mobilization of nutrients into the plant.
- Increased nitrogen utilization and protein content.
- Increased root growth, leaf growth, cell wall building and cell division.
- Increased sugar content in plant.
- Promotes enzyme functions.
- Enhances overall plant health resulting in higher quality grain or fruit.