Why Use Min Plus

The standard approach to meeting the demands for increased production has been to use large applications of chemical fertilisers, a variety of pesticides and to employ crop rotation and cover cropping. These do have an effect, but fail to address the underlying problem of worn out soils. They are also expensive methods, and in more ways than just the financial aspect.

It has been well documented that waterways become polluted by fertiliser and pesticide run-off, and insects and diseases develop a resistance to the chemicals. These chemicals can also reduce the microbial activity needed to stimulate the breakdown of minerals and nutrients in the soil so that plants can absorb them.

Minplus, as a natural mineral rock dust, addresses the cause of the problem rather than the symptom. As a finely ground form of primary rock particles, it releases the minerals that are the prime requirement for fertile soil.

In one test that was carried out using Minplus on a banana plantation, it was found that urea and potash applications were reduced by 40%, dolomite application was halved and at 16 months there was no sign of magnesium deficiency. The plants were healthy with strong root systems, there was a 20% increase in fruit yield and a 20% increase in growth with a faster turn-off of fruit, as a result. In total, these benefits culminated in an incredible 80% increase in production with a substantial decrease in fertiliser cost.

Use of Minplus could be seen as a means of stabilising crop yields over an extended period of time. Regular applications of Minplus could be expected to provide a source of nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper and also act as an adsorbent to increase the capacity of the soil to hold easily leached nutrients such as potassium, magnesium and nitrogen.

A product analysis was carried out of Minplus and lime. The results from this analysis can be found below:

Element Min Plus Lime
Sodium (meq%)
4.3
0.01
Calcium (meq%)
7.4
10.7
Magnesium (meq%)
3.4
0.39
Potassium (meq%)
3.7
0.01
Copper (mg/kg)
1.2
<0.1
Zinc (mg/kg)
0.1
0.1
Iron (mg/kg)
19.6
3.2
Manganese (mg/kg)
3.9
0.5
Lead (mg/kg)
<0.5
1.7
Aluminium (mg/kg)
1.1
1.0
Cobalt (mg/kg)
63
62
Molybendum (mg/kg)
3
5
Potassium (mg/kg)
625
5.8
Phosphorous (mg/kg)
9.0
0.8

Summary

As a soil remineralisation product, Minplus:

  • Causes phenominal growth of micro-organisms in the soil.

  • Raises the moisture and nutrient storage capacity of the soil.

  • Makes mineral nutrients readily available, increasing their intake by plants.

  • Provides sustained-release properties.

  • Counters the effects of soil acidity.

  • Reduces soil erosion.

  • Contributes to the building of humus complexes.

  • Improves resistance to insects, disease, fungus, frost and drought.