• Chilean Nitrate16-0-0

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    Chilean Nitrate 16-0-0

    Online Quote Request Form for Chilean NitrateChilean Nitrate is an organic-approved substance. It's restricted to 20% of the total nitrogen use, but it still can be used in organics. The unique thing about Chilean nitrate is that it is the only organic nitrate source available. And so if there's a need for nitrates which promote growth, this is a great product to put in it.

    It works for corn say, and would be used in conjunction with 5-1-1 fish. 5-1-1 fish would give a long term release of nitrogen, but the Chilean nitrate would be quick early growth just to get it started really fast.

    This also works really good on various kinds of greens, say if you're growing leafy greens. The only thing is you have to make sure that there's not an excessive amount of sodium already in the soil, because this does have a higher sodium content, somewhere around 19% or 20% sodium.

    This product works particularly well for crops that have a higher sodium requirement, things like asparagus and celery really need a lot of organic sodium. So this would be a great product to use for those crops even if they're not organic. It's quite water soluble and there's a little bit of boron added and some other trace minerals in with this product. So it does provide a little bit of boron.

    Overall an excellent product due to the fact that the nitrates are in there. This product is an oxidizer, meaning it will supply oxygen.

    The rating on it is a hazardous rating for shipping just because of the oxidizer effect. But it is an OMRI listed product only up to 20% of the total nitrogen requirement.

    Sodium nitrate is the standard from which all the salt index is computed. Sodium nitrate is at 100 on the salt index, it's a fairly salty material in comparison to a lot of other fertilizers, even other fertilizers aren't as high. Some fertilizers are even higher than this on the salt index, but this is the 100 mark.

    Sodium nitrate when it's mixed in with other liquids is basically a neutral on a pH, it really doesn't push the solution one way or another. It works really good to dissolve some with liquid fish and then spray that out on the soil. It's an ideal corn program.

    Sodium nitrate can be purchased in bulk tote bags. It can also be purchased in 50-lb. bags stacked up on a pallet. The tote bags are actually metric ton tote bags. So it would be 2,204 lbs. of net product on a pallet. You can fit 20 metric ton bags in a dry van and maybe we can fit 21 on a flat bed. The pallets are stacked up and they can take an equivalent amount of weight on them as well. It doesn't come in bulk hopper bottom.

    At this point Chilean nitrate 16-0-0 is kind of a pricey product. It's quite expensive this year. It's derived from a company in Chile called SQM and they're the only supplier of this product in the world.

    An interesting tidbit of history is that years ago this product was going into Germany and from that they were making dynamite and bombs. America put a blockade on that back then. Needless to say German scientists figured out how to make dynamite another way. Just history FYI.

    Chilean nitrate comes from the caliche deposits in the Atacama region of northern Chile where there has been almost no rainfall to leech the nutrients. How they originally got there is still subject to debate by geologists. For more information on this read:

    Geology and Origin of the Chilean Nitrate Deposits by George E. Ericksen

  • Liquid Fish 2-5-0.2

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    Liquid Fish 2-5-0.2

    Request a quote onLiquid-Fish-2-5-0.2Liquid Fish 2-5-0.2 is fresh water fish. It's made by grinding the fish scraps, including the head, the guts, and everything else in there. They then acidify it with some phosphoric acid. The enzymes from the fish guts are what digest and break down this fish. They let it sit for a couple of months while it's digesting and breaking down. So the real nice thing about this fish is that it yields a good level of calcium and phosphorus and a lot of colloidal trace minerals coming right out of the bone. It's an excellent fish for the calcium and the phosphorus. There's about a 1% calcium content and about half the phosphorus in the analysis (a total of 5) is derived from the breakdown of bones, the other half is from the addition of the phosphoric acid.

    We find this to be a very good fish to be used for soils that are short on soluble or available phosphates. This can be a very quick and immediate boost. It really can push the energy of the soil up. This fish could also be used as a foliar spray because of the phosphoric acid. And in foliar spraying we would probably put about 2 quarts up to a gallon per acre.

    Typical rates for very low phosphorus organic soils would be somewhere around 30-50 gallons an acre. That'll give a very nicel level of available phosphorus for the growing season. It will also supply acidity because this product has a pH of about 3.5. It provides acidity to breakdown and acidify the limestone and soft rock phosphate that could very well be included with this fish as part of the program. This is a soluble portion that helps to make the soft rock phosphate more available. So they work together.

    We use this fish primarily in organics on low phosphate soil. And we would use a 5-1-1 fish more frequently in organics on a nitrogen-loving crop like corn. And a lot of times we'll use the 2-5-0.2 liquid fish on the organic soils in things like beans or pasture production where you need to get your phosphates up. That's primarily where we're using this fish.

    It comes in bulk semi loads, about 5,000 gallons (or a little over) per bulk tanker. Or it could be purchased in smaller quantities in totes or semi loads of totes. The best pricing is definitely going to come by full semi loads, whether in totes or in tanker.

  • Potassium Sulfate 0-0-50

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    Potassium Sulfate 0-0-50

    Fertilizer Brokerate Online Quote Request Form for Potassium Sulfate 0-0-50Potassium Sulfate is a very important product. It's used to supply potassium. Conventional agriculture, for the most part, supplies potassium with a muriate of potash or what's called 0-0-60. We don't handle that because it has chlorides. It's potassium chloride which is very detrimental to soil biology.

    But potassium sulfate provides not only 50 units of potassium, it also has 17 units of sulfur, so when you add that up, you've actually got a lot more fertilizer for what you're paying for. It has a lot more energy than the potassium chloride and what we find is that 100 lbs. of potassium sulfate will be sufficient to provide the potassium for a whole year when the potassium's quite low.

    For those concerned about their budget in regards to the cost difference between 0-0-60 vs. 0-0-50, what we suggest is to take the same amount of budget (dollars per acre) that would normally be spent with 0-0-60 and put it into the potassium sulfate 0-0-50. You'll get less product, but you'll get a better product that provides better effect for the soil.

    Potassium can also be supplied with compost and manure, so it shouldn't be put on unless you know that you do need potassium.

    At this point potassium prices have remained pretty high globally, and potassium sulfate is no exception. For that reason, it really is important to see if you truly need it before putting it on. A soil test would be recommended.

    One of the benefits of potassium sulfate is that it's not an extremely high pH fertilizer product. Potassium chloride, on the other hand, is quite a bit higher in pH and has the tendency when used over time to push the pH high and that can be misleading for people that look at pH and then don't put any calcium or limestone down. Potassium sulfate, because of the sulfate actually, will not push the soil pH. It's more of a neutral pH, so it's quite superior just from the aspect of the pH.

    Some crops are very potassium-loving, so we would use a little higher rate than 100 lbs. per acre. Some of the things that come to mind include potatoes and pumpkins. Those really use a lot more potassium, so we would go up to 200, sometimes even 400 lbs. of potassium sulfate depending on what the soil condition is what crop is being used.

    A lot of soils, especially smaller market gardens, don't need it. But a lot of the larger scale agricultural operations find a need for potassium sulfate. They show up as being short.

    International Ag Labs is offering through the brokerage to get potassium sulfate in bulk hopper bottoms, also in tote bags. We have a potassium sulfate that is approved for organics and we have one whose binding agent is not approved, but the product is a very clean natural product from the earth. Se we can supply 0-0-50 for organic production and for those who are biological farmers it doesn't matter. If you want a cheaper price, we can supply that as well without the organics label.

    7 Reasons To Use Potassium Sulfate >>

  • Soft Rock Phosphate

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    Soft Rock Phosphate

    Online Quote Request Form for Soft Rock PhosphateSoft Rock Phosphate is an important phosphate source that is actually a byproduct from the old time hard rock mining. In order to increase the purity of the higher analysis of the hard rock, the soft rock was a clay impurity which was washed and then it was sent in this water through to a settling pond. So then it filled this settling pond up and so these are huge huge settling ponds and the surface dries out and the soft rock is skimmed off the top of the settling pond and then it can either be processed or sold as is.

    Hard rock phosphate, in contrast, is mined just as it is and is a tri calcium phosphate, sometimes is has a little carbon. But it is extremely insoluble in the soil. It requires a hyperactive bacterial system and a tremendous amount of soil acidity in order to derive much benefit. Soft rock, on the other hand, is quite a bit more available. A lot of times we'll see availability showing up on the soil test within 1-2 years, even the first year if a soil's got some acidity.

    There are a tremendous amount of trace minerals in soft rock phosphate and there's a certain electromagnetic energy or field with soft rock phosphate so that it's extremely sticky. If you get it wet, you can feel how sticky it is. This electromagnetism helps to hold calcium up in the root zone. So it's a real critical part of building the soil so that you can hold the calcium.

    Soft rock is also a pretty good supplier of silicon, it has a decent amount of boron in it, and then a whole bunch of other trace minerals, about 60 trace minerals all together. And we find it to be an absolute critical ingredient in building soil phosphorus levels for organics. And any time the goal is quality, soft rock phosphate should be part of what is used to build and maintain soil phosphate levels.

    We supply this from two sources. One source is from Idaho, and this is not a processed product so it's pretty much just skimmed off the settling pond and put into bulk hopper bottoms or tote bags. And we sell it by the semi load, so either a 25-ton semi load in bulk (or 22 tons), and if we can get a flatbed, 24 tons in tote bags. The tote bags are not standardized in their weights, but overall the semi load will be 22-24 tons.

    We also sell a Florida soft rock phosphate. This has been granulated so that it makes it a little easier to work with. The granulated form can be used in a fertilizer spreader, but it is dusty, it's not a perfect pellet and it will coat the beater blades on the back of a spreader, so even though it is granulated you still eventually have to go back and clean those blades as you're spreading soft rock phosphate. Otherwise it just builds up and coats the blades.

    The advantage of the granular, of course, is that it can be spread with a fertilizer spreader. The Idaho source needs to be spread with a lime spreader and even in that situation sometimes the soft rock will still bridge in the spreader and someone's going to have to knock down those bridges so you can get it to spread. It is a little cumbersome product. Another way it could be done is the powdered product that could be added to a liquid manure and then mixed in with the manure and then spread out as liquid as part of the manure, which is very good way to do that.

    Soft rock phosphate, again, will hold the calcium, and that's really key if you want to build available calcium and also to build a soil that is capable of producing nutrient dense foods. So it's kind of a foundation point.

    Soft rock phosphate is not recommended automatically, you need a soil test to determine if you need phosphates. Many soils, especially those with composted manure have excessive phosphates. And consequently soft rock phosphate is not recommended on those soils. So make sure that the soil is tested beforehand.

    The Idaho soft rock has 8% carbon content, that gives it a nice chocolate brown color. The Florida source has less carbon but has a little higher analysis of phosphorus and calcium. So they're both good products, we like them equally. They both fit into a good biological program to grow quality.

    Organic Soft Rock Phosphate Powder from Idaho

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    Organic Granular Soft Rock Phosphate from Florida

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8/28/17

As we enter the Fall season, a few reminders of what we can offer you:

High Phosphate Liquid Fish

There is an ongoing sale on 2-5-0.2 high phosphate liquid fish. A 10% discount on your regular price for all shipments before December 31st, 2017. Bulk 5000 gallon tankers or 275 gallon totes. Tell us how much you are looking for.

Potassium Sulfate 0-0-50

Looking for potassium sulfate (0-0-50)? We have it bulk or bag, ag granular both standard and organic OMRI. Would you be interested in an ag gran potassium sulfate with the needed micronutrients coated right onto each granule to more accurately cover your soil needs? Ask us more about that!

Soft Rock Phosphate

We have both the powder & granular soft rock phosphate available in bulk as well as bags. What kind do you need?

Chilean Nitrate

Ever try Chilean nitrate? We have the new 15-0-2 Chilean nitrate in bulk bags (2,645 lbs ea.) and pallets of 50’s (56 bags/pallet).

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