Azomite

Three forms of Azomite
Field Grade/Feed Grit Particle sizes ranging from 1/8″ to powder for both rapid and longer-term results. Designed for composting and mixing/blending with other products for soil application and also used for adding to feeds.. This product produces substantial dust when applied with a broadcast spreader. Available as 44lb Bags, 1 Pallet of 50-44lb Bags, 21 Pallets (Truckload) 44lbBags, 1.0 Ton Totes, 21 Pallets (Truckload), Bulk Truck loads (>21Tons) and Bulk Railcars. OMRI FIELD certificate.
OMRI FEED certificate.
Granulated Slow-Release agglomerated into easy to handle and apply granules with only a modest amount of dust. Moisture immediately breaks down granules and can be applied with a broadcast spreader. Available as 44lb Bags, 1 Pallet of 50-44lb Bags, 21 Pallets (Truckload) 44lbBags, 1.0 Ton Totes, 21 Pallets (Truckload), Bulk Truck loads (>21Tons) and Bulk Railcars. OMRI GRANULATED certificate.
Micronized Ultra-fine powder (-200mesh) excellent for coating seeds for maximum germination and initial growth. Good amendment for crops, compost and potting soil. Available as 44lb Bags, 1 Pallet of 50-44lb Bags, 21 Pallets (Truckload) 44lbBags, 1.0 Ton Totes, 21 Pallets (Truckload), Bulk Truck loads (>21Tons) and Bulk Railcars. OMRI MICRORIZED certificate.

What is AZOMITE®?
AZOMITE® is a 100% organic, naturally mined product containing a broad spectrum of minerals and trace elements excellent for re-mineralizing soils and used as an anti-caking agent in animal feeds. AZOMITE® is a registered trade mark and is an acronym for “A to Z of Minerals Including Trace Elements”. AZOMITE® is OMRI and Halal certified, and is mined in Utah.

Where does AZOMITE® come from?
AZOMITE® is unique silica (hydrated sodium calcium aluminosilicate (HSCAS)) that is mined in Utah from deposits left by an ancient volcano eruption that was ejected out of the side of a mountain and filled a nearby lake bed. This combination of seawater, fed by hundreds of rivers rich in minerals, and the rare and abundant minerals present in volcanic ash created the AZOMITE® deposit which is found nowhere else on Earth. The deposit is very old, perhaps as much as 30 million years. Today the geologic characteristic is as an outcropping known locally as a hogback.

What is AZOMITE® composed of?
In a typical chemical assay, AZOMITE® contains more than 70 trace minerals which include many rare earth elements (lanthanides). Many of these elements have been depleted from soils worldwide. Here you can download a complete typical analysis of AZOMITE®.

What is the “Law of the Minimum?”
The “father of fertilizer”, Justus von Liebig, developed the “Law of the Minimum” which is important in understanding what AZOMITE® does. The Law states that plant growth is determined by the scarcest “limiting” nutrient; if even one of the many required nutrients is deficient, the plant will not grow and produce at its optimum. Conventional fertilizer programs focus on the macro-nutrients like Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K). However, if one of the many essential trace elements is deficient in the soil, the plant will not perform at its optimum, affecting yield and immune function. Will AZOMITE® work on any soil? If a soil has a very high or very low pH, many of the trace elements may become unavailable to the plant. Otherwise, AZOMITE® has worked in a variety of soils all over the world.

How is AZOMITE® applied to the soil?
AZOMITE® is available in several forms. Micronized AZOMITE® is processed into a fine powder that is around -200 mesh. Granulated AZOMITE® is available for easy soil application in a broadcast spreader. A coarser product, AZOMITE® Slow-Release, is also available for soil use. As long as AZOMITE® is in the root zone, the plant will benefit. Most farmers apply AZOMITE® directly to the soil at planting. Water will ensure that the roots are able to reach the trace elements.

Should I use micronized for soil/crop applications because it “breaks down” faster or is more available to plants?
All of the grades of AZOMITE® are largely insoluble in water. When only AZOMITE® and moisture are present in the soil, a static equilibrium is established, in which the majority of the AZOMITE® is present as a solid, and the minor amount is present as a solution of the AZOMITE® elements. As soon as a plant is introduced into the soil, the plant begins to take up some of the dissolved elements of AZOMITE®, thereby disturbing the original static equilibrium. In order to try to restore the static equilibrium, more AZOMITE® dissolves, but only at the rate, and to the extent, required by the plant itself. The equilibrium has now changed from static to dynamic and this situation continues for as long as the plant requires the dissolved AZOMITE® elements from the soil. Thus the situation is a true “Slow Release” mechanism, with the process being dictated entirely by the plant itself. By contrast, and as an example, the nitrogen in a typical NPK fertiliser is in a very soluble form, and is always totally available in the soil. However, a plant can only use so much fertiliser at any given time, and what the plant does not take up is washed away by irrigation or rain, or drainage by percolation, and is thereby lost as runoff.

What effect does AZOMITE® have on plants?
Generally, plants with AZOMITE® added have more and larger fruits and vegetables per plant, have more resistance to disease and have better tasting food products. AZOMITE® has shown results in a wide variety of plants in the field and in the laboratory.

What types of plants is AZOMITE® effective on?
AZOMITE® has proven results “scientific or anecdotal” in many species of plant including but not limited to: wine grapes, table grapes, sugarcane, potatoes, rice, watermelon, tomatoes, melons, cantaloupes, onion, garlic, papaya, lemons, oranges, cocoa, coffee, mango, oaks, pines, peaches, chili’s, berries, eggplant, tobacco, ornamentals, wheat, corn, and many others. It is not surprising that AZOMITE® should work in many more types of plants because most require the same types of trace elements that the soil is often lacking.

Aren’t all the minerals necessary for plant growth already in the soil?
In most cases, no. The world’s cropland has been under cultivation for many decades and each crop cycle removes trace minerals from the soil or the elements are lost through erosion. Since most fertilizer programs only replace Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K), crops become deficient when the soil has been depleted of the trace elements. Of course, plants can complete their life cycle without the full range of minerals but they will not produce at their full potential or be healthy and adequately resistant to disease. See What is the “Law of the Minimum?”.

How is AZOMITE® different from fertilizer?
Most conventional fertilizers contain mainly Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K), which are called macronutrients. Plants require macronutrients in large amounts. NPK are only three of the essential nutrients required by plants; unfortunately, when choosing a fertility program, growers often neglect all of the trace minerals and only use NPK. For plants to complete their life cycle and produce at full potential, a wide range of minerals is necessary; AZOMITE® supplies that essential wide range, from A to Z. AZOMITE® is not created in a laboratory and its nontoxic composition does not harm the environment.

If a farmer uses AZOMITE®, can other fertilizer be reduced?
AZOMITE® is a trace element supplier but does not provide Nitrogen (N) or Phosphorus (P) but does provide some Potassium (K). Therefore, farmers should not reduce any part of their fertility program that provides N or P. By using AZOMITE®, farmers can reduce other silicate-based fertilizers or micro-nutrient providers but it is difficult to say how much without a soil analysis. AZOMITE® has shown increased yields and improved disease resistance even in addition to a complete fertility program.

How fast can farmers see results with AZOMITE®?
This depends on a multitude of factors, such as soil quality, application rates, soil pH, etc. Most farmers report a more rapid rate of growth and increased yields within one harvest, but this may depend on the type of crop grown.

Is AZOMITE® organic?
AZOMITE® is listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic production, and is Halal certified. AZOMITE® is simply mined, crushed, sieved for size, bagged and sold.

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