In agriculture, vermiculite is used in crop farming. As in horticulture, it can also be utilized as a fertilizer in this industry. Vermiculite is sterile, inert and has an impressive cation exchange capacity – one considerably higher than competing products. Its presence resists changes to soil pH thus protecting the crop from potential damage caused by fungi and bacteria. It is also important to acknowledge that vermiculite’s high-volume yield accommodates a large liquid uptake, thus maintaining a hydrated environment and enabling the crop to flourish.
In the rearing of livestock too, the use of vermiculite has many advantages. For example, it is often added to feed mixtures for cattle, poultry and hogs (the use of either Micron or Superfine grade will deliver the best results in this application). The mineral acts as a bulking agent and digestive, and due to its absorption properties, also a carrier of nutrients. Specifically, nutrients such as fat concentrates, vitamin preparations and molasses. Moreover, vermiculite can control the release of vital minerals absorbed from additional fertilizers, further intensifying the nutrient content. This high nutrient content will also be present in the animal excrement, enabling the manure to be recycled with increased performance.
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Interestingly and rather unusually, vermiculite is used to incubate eggs, specifically reptile eggs. Eggs of all different kinds of reptiles including geckos, snakes, iguanas and even turtles can be placed in exfoliated vermiculite and left to develop before they hatch. Once in a plastic container or something of the sort, the vermiculite must in most
Did you know that vermiculite can be utilised to make ovens?! Indeed, pizza and bread-baking ovens specifically can be made using vermiculite that is mixed with cement. These ovens can be constructed fairly easily at home with exfoliated vermiculite and other refractory materials such as fire bricks. Vermiculite is an ideal ingredient in such ovens
Vermiculite surrounds us on a daily basis and yet, few individuals know it. Indeed, vermiculite is almost everywhere due to the fact that it is a very versatile mineral with many desirable properties and is thus utilised in a number of end-use applications, in a wide array of industries. Here are 5 things you probably