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Agricolite TM

zeolite Agricolite is the mineral "clinoptilolite" that is mined from a special deposit in Gördes, Manisa, Turkey. Clinoptilolite, commonly called "clino", is a form of natural zeolite. Agricolite is characterized by a very high natural purity, 85% and higher, low sodium, high potassium, and high cation exchange capacity. The product specification table lists its full properties.

Agricolite is available in all sieve sizes and is shipped in 25 and 50 pound custom printed, multilayer, reinforced plastic bags, as well as one ton supersacks. Other special sizes are available. For all uses of natural zeolite, Agricolite is the obvious choice due to its outstanding natural characteristics and low cost.    Shipping Information

 

Turf Grass and Athletic Fields

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In recreational and athletic field management, the Agricolite form of zeolite has proven to be very beneficial. Agricolite acts as storage reservoir for nitrate, phosphate, and potassium nutrients - the most important components for plant health and growth. Agricolite holds these elements of the fertilizer in its crystalline structure until the plant root seeks them. When plant root action, or water leaching, depletes soil nutrient levels, the Agricolite reservoir releases sufficient nutrient to satisfy plant root needs.

Unlike so-called water resistant fertilizer treatments, the Agricolite held fertilizer is not affected by rain - even over long time periods. Thus, much less fertilizer is used as compared to application without Agricolite, and excess fertilizer components, particularly nitrates and phosphates, do not enter the local water supply during runoff. Agricolite improves plant growth and significantly lowers the cost of acreage management while being environmentally friendly. It is particularly useful in sandy soils.

Furthermore, in addition to the action of Agricolite to retain fertilizer:

  • It holds water.
  • Helps prevent root decay by adsorbing noxious gases.
  • Improves soil buffering action.
  • Keeps soil ventilated.

Agricola Metals Corporation supplies this material in accordance with USGA specifications for root zone building. Representative usage for these applications:

Top Dressing: 50 to 100 pounds per 1,000 sq. ft.
Aerification: 250 to 300 pounds per 1,000 sq. ft.
Root zone construction: 10 percent to 20 percent by volume of the sand strata.

For the first year of application, usage should be at the high end of the range.

Specific quantities at a given site will depend on soil physical properties such as CEC (Cation Exchange Capacity). Agricolite can be supplied in any sieve distribution to meet USGA sieve distribution specifications. Some users prefer slightly coarser grade for the 60% fraction, typically 14 mesh. In every use, fertilizer must be applied at the time of zeolite application --- followed by thorough irrigation.

Please contact Agricola for detailed information.

 

Pet and Stable Litter

Agricolite is an ideal material for pet litter due to its ability to adsorb the ammonium ion, thus preventing the formation of odorous volatiles. It can be used as a pure material or as a component with other ingredients in the litter.

Agricolite has been tested in a leading feline products testing laboratory for its odor control and safety to cats. It is harmless to the animal, and highly effective in removing urine odor.

Agricolite is very effective for odor control when used as an additive to clay, fibre, and other commercial pet litters. Percent added varies with base material --- 10 % to 20 % is suggested.

Agricolite is highly effective in reducing odor in horse stables - the ammonia odor is eliminated. Best practice is to spread Agricolite under the straw or other bedding to a depth of 1 to 6 inches (2.5 to 15 cm). The zeolite can be discarded in the ground safely; in fact it is an excellent soil amendment.

 

Poultry Industry

As a poultry feed additive, Agricolite has many benefits. For these reasons, it is extensively used in European countries and Japan. Among these benefits are:

  • Improved food intake efficiency in broilers and layers.
  • Where feed is delivered through nozzles, Agricolite prevents "bridging" at the feed nozzle.
  • Increase in egg shell thickness.
  • Reduction in hen house odor.

The recommeded usage as feed additive is 3 % to 5 %.

As an additive to poultry house litter, Agricolite greatly reduces odor and eliminates foot pad burn, "phosphorous burns".

The recommended coverage is 1 inch (2.5 cm) on concrete floors; 4 inches (10 cm) on wooden floors.

 

Livestock Production

In the multiple stomachs of ruminant cattle, Agricolite, adsorbs ammonia that causes diseases. Relieving the distress increases appetite and growth rate. In feedlots, this additive reduces odor.

The recommeded usage as feed additive is 3 % to 5 % for grown cattle; 5 % to 8 % for calves.

Experimental work is underway for adding Agricolite to feedlot manure pits for odor reduction.

 

Swine Production

Clinoptilolite (the type of zeolite that constitutes Agricolite) has been found highly effective in controlling swine odor. In the Canadian controlled tests, when added to grower rations at 5 per cent, it reduced ammonia levels to less than a third. Furthermore, the slaughterhouse weight of pigs, so fed, showed a significant increase over pigs without the zeolite additive.

The recommeded usage as feed additive is 3 % to 5 % for hogs; 5 % to 8 % for sucklings.

 

Water Treatment

Agricolite is excellent as a water treatment filter. It can be used for commercial and home installations. Swimming pool filters are an especially useful application. Depending on requirement for particulate removal, Agricolite can be either substituted for sand, or used in conjuction with sand. The filter material can be disposed of readily in any outdoor location without harm to the environment, or back flushed in place with salt water.

Recommended mesh size where it is necessary to avoid clogging equipment is 4/6 mesh to 8 mesh. Recommended mesh for maximum surface area is 14/35 mesh.

Agricolite is ideal for waste water treatment. Clinoptiliolite is the material of choice for removal of ammmonium and many heavy metal ions.

 

Miscellaneous

Agricolite can be used in any application where a low cost odor control, or ion exchange material, is required. Soap and detergent constituents, nuclear waste disposal, and toxic mine waste decontamination are representative examples.

Agricola Metals will be pleased to advise on any related problem.

 

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