Composting

KUJATAMA Zeo use in composting
KUJATAMA Zeo is natural zeolite provides value to the composting processes because of its ability to absorb water and adsorb plant- available nitrogen through cation exchange. Also, zeolite prevents soil compaction and works to increase infiltration, both of which promote soil aeration. This benefit is made possible by the mineral’s high surface area and porosity.

A study by Zhang and Sun (2015) examined the effects of an earthworm cast and zeolite mixture on the composting of green waste. The results indicated that the mix improved the quality of the compost products in regards to nitrification, enzyme activities, and microbial numbers. Also, the compost matured in only 21 days as opposed to the common 90 – 270 day time period required of traditional composting (Zhang & Sun, 2015).

Zeolite has two methods of holding cations such as ammonium and plant nutrients. The first method is by absorption in its porous matrix. The second method is by cation exchange (CEC) – zeolite holds ammonium and other plant nutrients in the Crystal structure where they are not water-soluble but are plant-accessible on an as-needed time-release basis.

How does Using zeolites Benefit my soil? 
Using zeolite will cut fertilizer and water costs by holding the nutrients and water in the root zone until the plant is ready to utilize them. Thereby requiring less fertilizer and water to be applied. This promotes good stewardship of the land by reducing pollution brought on by fertilizers leaching to the groundwater or running off into surface water sources. Zeolites, when used properly, can yield some impressive results in regards to faster germination times, faster growth rates, larger plants, crop yields and reduced fertilizer and water applications.

Reduces water requirements during irrigation as zeolite holds moisture in the growth zone. Zeolite has a high CEC that enables a greater loading of plant nutrients such as nitrogen & micronutrients. The nutrients are held in the growth zone and are plant accessible but not Water-soluble. Reduces nitrogen fertilizer requirements as a large portion of nitrogen fertilizers leach through the growth Zone and into the aquifer. Zeolite will hold nitrogen and prevent the pollution of the water table by nitrates and nitrites.

Zeolite prevents compaction, increases infiltration, and helps the aeration of deep

Zeolite is 100% natural for organic operations and when composted with manure, it becomes a natural fertilizing system.

Zeolite Use in Compost or Dry Stacked Manure
The compost or dry stacked manure should be top-dressed with a thin layer of zeolite after it is turned or after the addition of a new layer of manure. Alternatively, a layer of Zeolite should be placed in the area of the barn receiving the fresh manure. Composting is an important process that

  • Converts organically bound nitrogen that is not plant accessible to ammonium hydroxide, ammonium nitrate, and ammonia that are all plant accessible 
  • Kills the pathogens, 
  • Reduces or eliminates the odor
  • Dries the manure 
  • Reduces the flies, and 
  • Kills weed seeds. 
Composting should be conducted in-vessel to prevent groundwater and air pollution. Wash down operations are no longer environmentally acceptable due to groundwater pollution of nitrates, nitrites, and hydrogen sulfide.

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