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Specific Info - Compost
COMPOST + MINERALS ALL 21 MINERALS USED BY PLANTS PLUS 55 additional TRACE MINERALS
Compost plus minerals equals value added
MINERALMAXX SUPPLIES THE MINERALSMONTMORILLONITE CLAY Adds the Clay Component needed to provide soil balance
The next step in organic = NUTRITIONAL DENSITY The next step to reduce water usage = SWELLING CLAY TO YOUR COMPOSTER FOR INTEGRATION YOU RECEIVE A BETTER SALES PRODUCT
The Effects of Montmorillonite Clay and Compost Supplementation as Compared to Sustained NPK Plant Food on TURF GRASS Synopsis of Developmental Research
By: Randy Ottgen Undergraduate Research Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
Previous studies have shown trace mineral supplementation improves the germination rate of various grasses. This study investigated the effect of Montmorillonite clay trace mineral supplement compared to a conventional fertilizer, Sustaine NPK plant food. On February 6, 1999, one flat was divided into two equal compartments. The control side received topsoil only and the Sustaine plant food at the recommended label application rate. The treatment side received 2/3 topsoil and 1/3 compost with Montmorillonite clay addition at the rate of 1 lb. per 10 sq. ft. Each side of the flat was sown with an equal weight of PGA standard fairway grass. The treatment side also received foliar dusting after all the grass emerged on February 12, 1999. Both sides of the flat received similar water, light, and heat. Visual observation of seed germination was monitored and five 1 square inch plugs from each side of the flat were taken to determine stem counts on April 3, 1999.
Results: The Montmorillonite clay and compost treatment side germinated in two days; whereas, the control side with Sustaine took over a week. Fourteen days after planting, the researcher described the control side as slight germination, but the treatment side as almost total germination at an even height of four inches. Stem counts from one square inch plugs of the control (Sustaine) side averaged 49.8 compared to an average stem count of 152.2 for the Montmorillonite clay and compost treatment side. Conclusions: The treatment side of clay and compost and germination rate by greater than three-fold compared to the control topsoil treatment with Sustaine plant food. Montmorillonite increased the speed of germination.
Comparison of the Use of a Compost and Montmorillonite Clay to Conventional Fertilization in Tomatoes
By: Kirk E. Waterstripe PhD, Assistant Professor Jared Milarch, Undergraduate Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI
The effectiveness of tomato plant fertilization programs using montmorillonite clay, composted cattle manure, and NPK-based fertilizer supplements, given individually or in combination, was investigated April 18 through August 30, 1998. Growth, productivity and plant health were measured to determine the benefit of each treatment. Eight identical 0.2 m flats each received one of the following soil treatments:
1. topsoil only as
Perlite was added to each flat without compost to make up for the difference in soil volume. Twenty four tomato seeds of the Better Boy hybrid variety were planted in each flat. On June 8th, twelve plants from each treatment flat were transplanted individually to identical plastic pots containing the appropriate soil treatment. All plants received similar light, temperature, and moisture.
Results: The number of open blossoms through 39 days after transplanting was greatest for the TCFM treatment as reported in Figure 1. TCFM produced 19.4% more blossoms than the next best treatment, TF. TCFM produced 11.7% more tomato fruit by 46 days after transplanting compared to the next best treatment, TCM, as shown in Figure 2. Figure 3 shows TCM produced the largest mean tomato fruit mass of 140 grams followed by a mean of 118 grams for treatment TCFM (subjectively measured at the point of optimal ripeness). Figure 4 shows TM plants had the best health index based on severity of blight (8.22) compared the next best index for TCM (6.75). On day 82 after transplanting, all plants were rinsed free of soil and weighted for average green mass. Figure 5 shows TF had a best average green mass of 859.95 grams followed by TCFM with an average mass of 829.88 grams.