Boost Zeolite is a 100% natural clinoptilolite zeolite that is milled specificly for use in agriculture. It has a CaO and Na2O dominant canton. Boost Zeolite is a Hydrated Calcium Aluminosilicate with a CEC of up to 1.2 meq/g that is best suited for agricultural purposes. The exchange cations are mainly calcium, potassium and magnesium. Boost Zeolite is mined from a lode containing no clay deposits.
Natural zeolites (i.e., those found in volcanogenic sedimentary rocks) have been and are being used as building stone, as lightweight aggregate and pozzolans in cements and concretes, as filler in paper, in the take-up of Cs and Sr from nuclear waste and fallout, as soil amendments in agronomy and horticulture, in the removal of ammonia from municipal, industrial, and agricultural waste and drinking waters, as energy exchangers in solar refrigerators, as dietary supplements in animal diets, as consumer deodorizers, in pet litters, in taking up ammonia from animal manures, and as ammonia filters in kidney-dialysis units.
From their use in construction during Roman times, to their role as hydroponic (zeoponic) substrate for growing plants on space missions, to their recent success in the healing of cuts and wounds, natural zeolites are now considered to be full-fledged mineral commodities, the use of which promise to expand even more in the future.”
(From a paper was presented at National Academy of Sciences colloquium "Geology, Mineralogy, and Human Welfare," held November 8-9, 1998 at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, CA.Colloquium Paper “La roca magica: Uses of natural zeolites in agriculture and industry” Frederick A. Mumpton )
Natural Zeolite Structure
Generally speaking, natural zeolites are hydrated aluminosilicates. They consist of an open, three-dimensional cage-like structure and a vast network of open channels extending throughout. Loosely bound, positively charged atoms called cations, are attached at the junctures of the negatively charged aluminosilicate lattice structure. The aluminosilicate framework provides exceptional strength and stability to the lattice structure.
The channels, typically 0.3 to 0.7 nanometers in diameter (3 to 7 angstroms, slightly larger than a water molecule), selectively screen molecules according to size and exchangeable cations. Molecules too large to pass through the entry channel are excluded, thus giving rise to the term “molecular sieve”.
The molecular structure, surface area, surface charge density, and cation exchange capacity (CEC) of each particular zeolite will determine its loading, shrinking, swelling and stability under various conditions.
Zeolites have a rigid, three-dimensional crystalline structure (similar to honeycomb) consisting of a network of interconnected tunnels and cages. Zeolites in general have high specific surface areas and their rigid framework limits shrinking and swelling.
Perhaps the most commercially valuable and dynamic property of zeolite is its cation exchange capacity (CEC). Cation exchange occurs when two or more positively charged compounds or elements exchange places on a negatively charged host. The most common exchangeable cations found in natural zeolite molecules are sodium, calcium, potassium, and magnesium, many of which are desirable in numerous biological and industrial processes.
The ability to release beneficial elements while capturing and binding other, often less desirable, materials makes zeolite an ideal media for the selective adsorbtion of certain elements and compounds from soil, water and air.
A classic example of cation exchange is the removal of ammonia from water and air. When a molecule of ammonia (NH3) is hydrated, the reaction produces ammonium (NH4+), which is readily exchanged for all or part of the calcium, potassium and magnesium cations contained in Boost Zeolite and adsorbed on to its stable aluminosilicate lattice.
Broadcast at 100 lbs per acre. Can be mixed with urea or fertilizer. Can be used in slurry at lower rate of 50 lbs per acre.
Up to 200-300 lbs per acre for sandy soil, 100-200 lbs per acre for other soil types.