Escott Zeolite is the perfect planting partner as it is a natural wetting agent and storer of water as well as an electrically charged fertiliser magnet. It helps water penetrate sandy non-wettable soils and will evenly distribute throughout the soil. It is best incorporated into the soils root zone or used with fertilisers.
As a planting amendment it makes a permanent difference as it wonít break down or be eaten by microbes in the soil, remaining to store water and nutrients permanently. Zeolite is a permanent investment in the soil and can be added at rates of 1-2 tonnes per hectare as a soil amendment or be built up over time used with fertiliser or manure at 250Kg/ha. Every application increases the cation exchange capacity of the soil and the capillary holding of water in the root zone.
Escott Zeolite works like a fertiliser battery, attracting ammonium, potassium, calcium and magnesium cations and holding them by chemical bond until actively taken up by a plant root. The cations cannot be leached out and are only released to plant roots which harvest the zeolite by active up take.. When charged in the soil with ammonium nitrogen or potassium, zeolite helps release phosphorus by attracting the calcium cations from the phosphate calcium bond releasing a free phosphorus anion. Zeolite also carries trace elements very effectively leading to increased nutrient concentrations in plants. University of Colorado using a zeolite with ammonium fertiliser increased yields of sorghum sudangrass of 65% and increased uptake of nutrients in tissue samples.
Escott Zeolite can hold nutrients and water in the root zone for plants to use when required. This leads to more efficient use of N P K fertilisers, either less fertiliser for the same yield or the same amount of fertiliser lasting longer and producing higher yields.
Escott Zeolite is a natural mineral thatís part of a group of hydrated alumino silicates and therefore a source of silica. It is also an organic input. Escott Zeolite has a very open framework with a network of pores giving it a large surface area fortrapping and exchanging valuable nutrients. It carries a negative charge balanced by freely moving cations with positive charges. It is naturally loaded with calcium and magnesium which exchange readily in the presence of ammonium and potassium in the soil. Escott Zeolite increases the Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) of your soils and has a CEC of m eq/100g of 120.
Escott Zeolite is not acidic. In fact it is marginally alkaline and its use with fertilisers can help buffer soil pH levels thus reducing the need for lime applications.
Barooga Barley Trials
A trial effect of Escott Zeolite on a broad-acre crop, Clipper malting barley, was carried out by Australian Agricultural Technology at Barooga, NSW
July to December 1988.
TRIAL DESIGN :
Fertilizer used - Double Superphosphate (DS) 75kg/ha
Diammonium Phosphate (DAP) 75kg/ha
Application - Zeolite Z3 treatment was mixed with the fertilizers in the
spreader box at a rate of 125kg/ha,and drill applied
TRIAL LAYOUT :
1. DS 75kg/ha double super
2. DS & Z3 75kg/ha double super plus 125kg/ha zeolite Z3
3. DAP 75kg/ha diammonium phosphate
4. DAP & Z3 75kg/ha diammonium phosphate plus 125kg/ha zeolite Z3
Each treatment plot was 0.5 acre in area in a paddock which had not been cropped for at least 10 to 15 year
HARVEST RESULTS :
Seeds per Head - Five sample areas were selected per treatment. These approximated 1 metre in length, each around the area of the representative yield plots. Two or three primary tillers were harvested from each plant within the sampling area, bagged, labelled and seeds counted. Heads counted were restricted to 40 per sample area, or 200 per treatment.
Tiller No. - Five sample areas (2 metres of row) per treatment. Plants and tiller numbers per plant were counted.
Yield - Five plots taken per treatment, each 5 metres x 1 metre over 6 rows. Plots were pegged out according to a predetermined pattern. Plot areas were shifted to avoid areas of kangaroo damage where necessary. All heads within the sampling area were removed and bagged in labelled paper bags. Threshing was done at University of Melbourne, Plant Sciences Laboratory, Mt Derrimut.
|Seeds per head
Avg of 40 x 5
Avg Tiller Number
|Plants per Metre
Avg Plants per Metre
Total weight of Grains
(Grams) per 25SqM
|Yield per Ha