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Sunday March 24 Toronto Star
According to an article in the Toronto Star a 20km-long algae bloom may engulf Lake Erie again this summer due to the current wet spring weather.
“Swathes of blue-green algae are caused largely by phosphorus runoffs researchers say. Phosphorous is used principally as a fertilizer. It’s also in
manure and other waste products from agri-business operations such as pig farms and greenhouses. Algae thrive on phosphorus.” “
“As long as the algae are alive, they float on the surface. When they die they sink to the bottom of the lake, where they decay and suck oxygen out of the water, killing fish”.
“Experts say there is no one solution, but an obvious thing to do is to cut phosphorus levels once again and to educate farmers and others who live on the shores of the Great Lakes”.
Boreal’s Volcanic Minerals-Plus soil amendment does not contain soluble phosphate, but rather P205 in rock form which resides in the ground as a soil nutrient and does not pollute ground waters. The utilization of the phosphate minerals is accomplished by microbial enhancement through adequate levels of organic matter, reactive calcium and catalytic minerals. Not only is the apatite in Spanish River Carbonatite more efficient than soluble phosphate fertilizers our product also contains a variety of minerals which stimulates soil microbial-mineralogical interactions enhancing dissolution of existing secondary soil phosphate minerals.
Generally, the application of our soil amendment results in increased phosphorous plant uptake. Within an organic system Volcanic Minerals-Plus enhances sourcing of existing phosphorous in the soils and its more reactive apatite component is utilized as required.
More Fun with Rock Dust (Click here for the original post with pictures)
A couple of weeks ago I reconnected with my rock dust supplier/friend Klaas, from Boreal Agrominerals Inc (formally known as “Agricultural Mineral Prospectors Inc”). Two years ago he gave me some of his micronized (ground really fine) “Spanish River Carbanatite” to “play” with (see “Fun with Rock Dust“), and while I’ve certainly put it to good use in a variety of ways (and have mentioned it multiple times here on the blog), I have yet to do any formal testing.
My renewed interest in rock dust is in large part due to the fact that I am working with European Nightcrawlers a lot more. They seem to be more sensitive to acidic conditions than Red Worms, so I’ve been thinking that a calcium-rich rock dust might serve as a valuable supplement for these worms.
The material Klaas left me with this time around isn’t micronized, so it has more of a sandy look about it, but I actually like it better that way. As you can see, they now have some nice packaging, and offer bags in multiple sizes.
The following comments are from Matt Gaudet who completed his geological thesis on Carbonatite complexes. It was taken off a Facebook thread that was responding to my CBC Morning North interview. I am glad to see geologists commenting on the use of rock dusts in agriculture. Boreal has advocated the need for geoscience to aid in developing sustainable agriculture; today it is all but ignored in the field of agronomy.
“This guy is playing his cards right though. Using mineral exploration to feed our growing agricultural demand is a big topic right now. There are a lot of investors waiting to jump onto that ship. What I find interesting is that he doesn't mention any processing before shipping his product.. Carbonatites are definitely a great source of potassium, calcium and phosphorus, but they can also be quite rich in some less desirable elements like uranium, thallium, and most notably the rare earth elements. When he mentions those green "bands", his samples sound very similar to the samples from the deposit I studied. Except my green bands were entirely aegirine, not a harmful mineral. However these Silicic areas were also loaded with uranoanpyrochlore. Some of my samples from these aegirine rich portions had up to 5 weight percent uranium. That being said, he seems like the kind of guy who makes sure to consistently test his samples to make sure they're not overly abundant in volatiles. Nice piece Mike thanks for the share.”
Boreal Agrominerals Inc. mission is to help re-establish geoscience’s major role in soil science which has been pre-empted over the past 50 years as chemical farming, monoculture and agribusiness increasingly dominated the agricultural sciences. The global imperatives for environmental and ecological sustainability, along with safe and nutritious food will require the advanced capabilities of geoscience, in particular the study of the reactivity of unique natural minerals in various soil systems and the plant nutrients made available by the complex biological/mineralogical interactions. Sustainable farming requires a new field of analytical procedures to facilitate the audit of minerals from rocks through the food chain while sustaining healthy organic soils. Sustainable farming also requires the revision and development of new regional and farm soil databases. Evolving in large part due to the internet is a superior interdisciplinary science paradigm, which recognizes that soil dynamics as perhaps the world's most complex set of systems.
We were aware of the inevitability of ever more stringent control of the toxic metals and pathogens contained in fertilizers and soil amendment products. Agricultural environmental legislation is already in force in various jurisdictions and will certainly be the future requirement for Ontario agriculture. Anticipating the demand for extremely clean and safe products we incorporated these standards into our exploration search parameters. We also targeted the most reactive minerals as superior for organic and conventional operations. Following this very stringent search parameters the acquisition of the Spanish River Carbonatite complex was made 1993. The Spanish River Carbonatite is unique because to date we have not encountered the hazardous elements you questioned in your facebook comments. In fact the deposit is devoid of pyrochlore. Further geological and mineralogical interpretation is required to describe this very unique phenomenon. The best explanation or hypothesis we have so far are:
1. the intrusion has very low fluorine content suggested by the absence of the mineral pyrochlore (Ca,Na)2(Nb,Ta)2O6F (Hogarth, 1989).
2. uranium, thorium, cadmium, arsenic and other heavy metal contents are low (Sage 1897a) particularly compared with other Carbonatite complexes (Hogarth, 1989, Sage 1987b).
These observations are important, particularly low fluorine content, which precludes the formation of pyrochlore and the corresponding accumulation of radioactive ions and heavy metals (Hogarth 1989). Low fluorine also results in the substitution of chlorine for fluorine in the apatite mineral. Chlorapatite is considered more soluble then fluorapatite (Veldhuyzen, 2002).
Boreal has undertaken exhaustive studies of raw rocks utilized in agriculture and like you have found that many natural sources of minerals contain high levels of potentially hazardous metals, particularly rock phosphate. We have undertaken many speaking engagements to educate farmers on these issues.
The Spanish River Carbonatite has passed all stringent waste management guidelines and is the cleanest source of agrominerals we have evaluated. The only issue we faced in early exploration of the deposit was anomalous rare earths. This prompted a thorough investigation of the role of rare earths in the natural environment. To our surprise the largest database on the subject was from Chinese research which demonstrated positive affects in crop production. This research was investigated by a team lead by Dr. Barry Meehan of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and their report on enhanced productivity of crops and pastures by application of rare earth elements. Wheat, barley, and canola pot trials showed positive responses to lanthanum additions with larger leaves, darker foliage, thicker stems and longer petioles. The increased growth was clearly visible.
Today Boreal has used this research to demonstrate the immense potential of alkali rocks as natural fertilizer and highlight that Spanish River Carbonatite is a complex mineral resource as well as supplying given essential macro and micronutrients unquestionably supplies a whole lot more through catalytic clays, reactive silicates, (now recognized as an essential plant nutrient), and rare earths.
CEO Boreal Agrominerals Inc.
Hank Veens organically produces a rotation of spelt, peas, corn and soybeans on his 700 acre farm near Arkona in Lambton County, Michigan. Hank retired from dairy production over ten years ago and since then has been using Spanish River Carbonatite as a certified organic approved agro-mineral fertilizer and soil amendment. Hank has noted that his soils have "loosened" with significantly better tilth, aggregation and drainage and notes a remarked improvement in organic matter content -- at over 5%.
Today Hank believes that he has now sufficiently built up his soil mineral level and as the total application over 10 years has reached 5 tonnes per acre, he is moving to in situ complex liquid applications of reactive calcium, humic acids and trace elements. Boreal is developing micronized Spanish River Carbonatite® products to facilitate this transition.
SRC-Volcanic Minerals Plus® is used to add calcium to acid prone soils, slow release rock phosphate and high activity clays for improved cation exchange in normally low CEC soils.
Boreal believes that Veen’s carbon increase can be equated to current research demonstrating that terrestrial cycles of silicon and carbon -- as driven by plants and soil organisms -- play a vital role in the regulation of atmospheric CO2. The processes that are just now being recognized are mineral weathering accelerated by living organisms, the formation of phytoliths, the accumulation of secondary clay and the protection of soil organic carbon through aggregation. Boreal finds particularly exciting the fact that most of the studies recognize that these beneficial processes are amplified in environments of ultramafic rocks, such as SRC. The realization that weathering of silicate minerals in the soil results in enhanced CO2 sequestration is of major significance and makes “green mining” at our Quarry a virtual imperative. The extraction of rock dust will bring miners back into local communities and aid in the production of sustainable food.
Boreal Agrominerals thanks the Veen’s family for their continued support of Boreal Agrominerals and for testifying to the soil remineralization and other beneficial results of using SRC – Volcanic Minerals Plus®.
Cher Dawson is the owner of Bloodroot Nursery and Landscaping and is an enthusiastic grower of both flowers and vegetables in her own home garden. She was therefore fully aware of the obvious, often overlooked fact: that healthy soil is vital to the growth of healthy plants and that healthy plants ‘grow’ healthy people.
To feed her young family, Cher was concerned about growing natural products that would be the best homegrown, tastiest, most nutritious and health-giving foods possible. It was fortunate therefore, that, through her gardening associations and Wrightman Alpine Nurseries, Cher was introduced to Boreal Agrominerals “SRC – Volcanic Mineral Plus®” . . . . . and she worries no more!
Sher has noticed amazing germination rates of close to 100%, along with vigorous growth since she started mixing SRC into her seed germination mix. Both the life and structure of her soil have improved, the plants are healthier, disease is minimized and harvests are at once more verdant and prolific.
In her landscaping business, Cher is also starting to use MYKE, mycorhizae fungi, in conjunction with SRC – a combination that virtually guarantees a rarely achieved 100% transplant survival rate.
Note: Boreal has long recognized the value of mycorhizae fungi in increasing the nutritional content of plants. The life of this critical microorganism requires the appropriate levels of calcium and the complex mineral environment that SRC provides.
Sher is supremely confident in her claim “I can change your garden from surviving to thriving!”
Bloodroot Nursery and Landscaping
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A Fantastic Testimonial - Juicy - Fruit Orchards & Farm Market 5 Year Trial of SRC Volcanic Minerals Plus
Rick and Carol Veens purchased their family farm in 1986. The soil conditions were poor at the time -- severe soil leaching and an almost total loss of organic matter – and they transitioned it from a potato farm to an apple orchard; sourcing apple root stock from Holland. Rick began grafting his own apple and other fruit varieties so that today his farm hosts several thousand apple, peach, cherry, plum and pear trees. In 2008, at the suggestion of his brother Hank, an organic cash crop framer, Rick started to use “Spanish River Carbonatite ®”
Rick’s orchard had been producing apples with an average brix of 10 to 11, which was low compared to all other regional orchard growers in the surrounding South Lambton Shores, Ontario. Then from 2008 to 2013 Rick each year spread Spanish River Carbonatite at an average application rate of 1000 pounds an acre; his only fertilizer source.
The local accredited agronomist who monitored the application and closely checked brix and tree health, subsequently confirmed that brix levels in the orchard had climbed to 13-14, a level now equivalent to the top regional growers.
Also, although the farm had become known for growing a great Russet apple, by applying “Spanish River Carbonatite,” brix levels in “Juicy-Fruit Orchard’s” Russets rose to 17-18 -- The highest level ever seen in apples from the South Lambton Shore orchard growers.
· Improved soil quality: aggregation, drainage and organic matter
· Better flavor and improved storability
· Stronger and healthier tree growth
The results of this long-term trial follow the typical overall pattern of benefits that may be expected from Volcanic Mineral Plus® application, which include: soil restoration, enriched nutrition content, less susceptibility to disease, better storability and greatly enhanced flavour.
Boreal Agrominerals would like to express sincere thanks to the Veens family for allowing the publication of their test results and for their continued support; for more information on their diversified farm please visit their website at