ZEOLITE FOR AGRICULTURE
Clinoptilolite zeolite has been used for years in animal feed as a flow agent and to increase the durability of pellets. Livestock research with clinoptilolite zeolite inclusion in feed has shown positive results in the colonization of beneficial micro-organisms, pH reduction and overall health benefits.*
The high cation-exchange-capacity allows it to capture ammonium, which inhibits the development of odor from ammonia in confinement systems, composting, and anaerobic digestion. When applied to the soil, nitrogen (ammonium) held in clinoptilolite zeolite is gradually released to support plant growth, to conserve nitrogen and minimize groundwater contamination.
Research studies report that feeding clinoptilolite zeolite to animals has resulted in faster growth rates and weight gains, improved feed conversion, less diarrhea, improved health, better longevity, better odor control, less use of antibiotics, and drier and less odoriferous manure with a higher nitrogen content. In other countries it is recognized as a mycotoxin binder, effective against alfatoxins, ochratoxin, fumonisin, and zearalenone.*
*Bear River Zeolite Co. and U.S. Antimony Corporation are not claiming these benefits. This information is provided as a resource for future investigation.
Clinoptilolite zeolite has been reported to increase cannabis growth and cannabinoid potency, reduce fungal species and support beneficial micro-organisms in soil. It has also shown a signification reduction in watering and the associated costs (water/labor). Clinoptilolite zeolite retains nutrients and moisture, releasing them as needed by the plant to support growth. Soil is enhanced with aeration, drainage, and looser soil.
The generation of odor from urea and manure is propagated by ammonia gas, which is lighter than air and rises. In composting, BRZ™ captures nitrogen as ammonium before it vaporizes to ammonia gas. Ammoniated BRZ™ can be used as a high value fertilizer, and it helps prevent the leaching of the nitrogen to the groundwater. It also protects groundwater from nitrogen contamination.
The use of BRZ™ in soil increases root and shoot growth by holding nitrogen in the root zone and gradually releasing it to the plant for better utilization. This ability to hold nitrogen also reduces the amount of fertilizer needed to maintain healthy soil.
BRZ™ supplies potassium, supports micro-organisms beneficial to plants, and maintains moisture during dry periods to sustain growth.
The generation of odor from urea and manure is propagated by ammonia gas, which is lighter than air and rises. In anaerobic digesters, BRZ™ captures nitrogen as ammonium before it vaporizes to ammonia gas. Captured ammonium also helps prevent the leaching of the nitrogen to the groundwater.
Ammoniated BRZ™ can be used as a high value fertilizer.Clinoptilolite zeolite added to the digester has shown higher levels of organic matter degradation and increased methane gas production that can be used as a fuel for electricity generation.
BRZ™ fed into the pellet mill conditioner reduces moisture, allowing the injection of higher levels of steam to increase temperature for better pellet gelatinization. The addition of BRZ™ improves pellet durability, increases the production rate by decreasing friction, inhibits mold growth in subsequent storage, reduces die abrasion, helps sterilize weed seeds, kills mycotoxins, enhances the green color of the pellet, and reduces the inclusion rate compared to other binders.
Soil & Fertilizers
BRZ™ is an excellent soil amendment and fertilizer carrier. It holds nitrogen as ammonium, has a high potash content (approximately 3.47% potassium), has no water soluble sodium, holds over 55% of its weight in water and buffers soil with up to 2.02% calcium.
The ability of BRZ™ to load with 1.8 to 2.1% nitrogen in the form of ammonium in its crystal structure makes it excellent for fertilizer applications. The nitrogen is not water-soluble, but it is plant accessible. BRZ™ holds the nitrogen in the root zone of the plant and releases it gradually as needed for growth. Nitrogen is used efficiently and groundwater contamination is reduced.