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ALLGANIC® NITROGEN

Allganic® Nitrogen, is entirely natural and is the only non-synthetic mineral source of nitrogen.

It contains 16% of Nitrate Nitrogen. It originates from the Caliche ore from Northern Chile.

The extremely dry climate in this region allowed and allows the concentration of nitrate originating from air and sea. It is a testimony of one of the important links in the natural nitrogen cycle. For more than 100 years and when all farming was organic, Natural Mineral Nitrogen was used to produce healthy and nutritious crops.

One of the main differences between a synthetic fertilizer and a natural fertilizer is that the latter, due to its genesis, always contains plant micro-nutrients. Allganic® Nitrogen additionally contains iodine and selenium, essential elements for human health. By providing Nitrogen that is available during critical plant growing stages and adverse weather conditions (e.g, cold weather), Allganic® Nitrogen improves the nutritional quality of crops mostly by increasing protein, albumine, amino acids, vitamine B, carotin and micro-elements content.

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PRODUCT:

SODIUM NITRATE

BRAND NAME:

ALLGANIC® NITROGEN

ORGANIC USE:

CERTIFIED BY OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute, USA)

CERTIFICATE:

SQM-9732

CHEMICAL SPECIFICTIONS GUARANTEED

Nitrogen (N)

16 % (min)

Chloride (Cl)

1 % (max)


CHEMICAL SPECIFICTIONS TYPICAL

Nitrogen (N)

16 %

Chloride (Cl)

0.8 %


SCREEN ANALYSIS (CUMULATIVE %)

US Standard

Tyler

mm

+8

+8

2.36    12%

+12

+10

1.70    66%

+16

+14

1.18    97%

+20

+20

0.85    99%

Note: Measured at plant site. Particle size can be affected by handling and transportation.


CHEMICAL SPECIFICTIONS TYPICAL

MELTING POINT

∼ 308 °C

SOLUBILITY (in water at 20 °C)

88g / 100cm³

DENSITY (Bulk)

1.25 ton (metric) / m³

SPEDIFIC GRAVITY

2.257

ANGLE OF REPOSE

31°

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The required amount of sodium nitrate to prepare one ton of solution at different N levels.

desired % N

Required sodium nitrate (lbs)

added water

lbs sodium nitrate per gal

salt out temperatute °F *

 

 

lbs

gallons

 

 

1

125.00

1875.00

224.55

0.56

xxx

2

250.00

1750.00

209.58

1.19

xxx

3

375.00

1625.00

194.61

1.93

xxx

4

500.00

1500.00

179.64

2.78

xxx

5

625.00

1375.00

164.67

3.80

-32.40

6

750.00

1250.00

149.70

5.01

2.70

7

875.00

1125.00

134.73

6.49

45.59

8

1000.00

1000.00

119.76

8.35

99.21

9

1125.00

875.00

104.79

10.74

168.14

*Salt out temperature is an estimate based on the concentration (lb/gal) of the solution. It is to be used as a guide only. It is based on the solubility curve of sodium nitrate, y = 0.415x + 59.0, where y = lbs/100 lbs of water and x = temperature in °F.


NOTE: The volume of water used in these calculations is the amount that needs to be added to the fertilizer to get the desired analysis.

The volume changes for the final solution because the fertilizer displaces water as it goes into solution. The more concentrated the solution, the more water that is displaced.

The difference between the added volume and the final volume should really be determinated empirically. However, in most cases the final volume will be 1.15 to 1.25 times the added volume (an increase in volume of 15 to 25%).



Sodium Nitrate – As an Input for Use in Organic Crop Production

Natural Sodium Nitrate, a.k.a. Chilean Nitrate- OMRI listed (16-0-0) is available in a dry, flowable prill form that is also 100% water-soluble. It is marketed by the Chilean producer, SQM, under the brand name: Allganic® Nitrogen

Sodium Nitrate is an organic nitrate nitrogen nutrient source from natural rock deposits found in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Your best value as a grower is to maximize the use of a small amount. Applying it when temperatures are low and soils do not have the ability to produce available nitrogen is where you will get the- greatest plant response (growth).

For fruit and vegetable crops, feed every 10-14 days, liquid or dry. These nutrient applications are much more efficient when split into multiple applications at low rates. For field crops, using sodium nitrate in a 2 x 2 application at planting, and following up with foliar and /or side dressing applications (liquid or dry) will help maximize your production.

Prospective Application Rates for Sodium Nitrate

Current NOP Restriction: Operators using Sodium Nitrate shall use it in a manner that maintains or improves the natural resources of the operation, including soil and water quality, and comply with crop nutrient and soil fertility requirements. Although the 20% restriction no longer applies, it is required to contact your certifier if you wish to apply more than 20% of your crop’s Nitrogen need with Sodium Nitrate. Always check with your certifier for application rate verification.

All lbs/per acre applications

Growing Crops

Amount of N required

20% of N requirements

Projected Amount of 16-0-0

Field Crops

Wheat (Spring & Winter)

80-150

16-30

100-188#

Oats, Barley, Spelt

80-150

16-30

100-188#

Corn

120-180

24-36

150-225#

Pasture-grass

100-120

20-24

120-150#

Cotton

80-120

16-20

100-130#

Peanuts

50-75

10-15

60-100#

Fruit & Vegetables

Apple

100-150

20-30

125-188#

Blueberry

80-100

16-20

100-125#

Citrus

100-200

20-40

125-250#

Almond

200-300

40-60

250-375#

Peach

100-150

20-30

125-188#

Potatoes

180-200

36-40

225-250#

Cole Crops

150-175

24-35

150-218#

Green Beans

60-80

12-16

75-100#

Cucurbits

100-150

20-30

125-188#

Onions, Leeks, Garlic

100-150

20-30

125-188#

Tomatoes/Melons/Peppers

120-180

24-36

150-225#

Carrots

100-150

20-30

125-188#

Baby Greens/Spinach

80-120

16-24

100-150#

Sweet Corn

120-180

24-36

150-225#

Lettuce

100-150

20-30

125-188#

Celery

180-200

36-40

225-250#


Observations and field trials on the use of Sodium Nitrate on growing crops

• Very useful as a nitrate nitrogen source for corn early in the growing season- 4-7th leaf:
University research shows improved shelled corn and silage yields and quality.

• Improves biomass yield and palatability of grass pastures- 1 broadcast application or 3-5 foliar sprays/season

• Increase early harvest yields in early season Cole crops:
Broccoli, Cauliflower and Cabbage do really well- more than double production in early harvest

• Very good source of nitrate nitrogen for winter wheat and small grains in early spring:
Research and farmers report improved yields and higher grain protein
Improves barley and oat yields where soil sodium levels are low- these crops require high sodium

• For high nitrogen demanding crops, a weekly/bi-weekly program will pay big dividends
Increase the electric conductivity of the plants in all applications:
Higher plant energy


Pasture Application Guidelines

Dry:
Apply dry sodium nitrate at 120-150#/ acre on pastures with good equipment to evenly broadcast the prill. Broadcast in evening and by morning there should be no issue with allowing animals back out to pasture. The prills dissolve very quickly if there is any moisture in the soil or air.
If you do a really poor job of broadcasting (not well distributed) you better wait 8-10 days. The cattle will be attracted to the sodium nitrate because of the sodium ion. That could potentially be an issue of direct animal consumption if you overload on the sodium nitrate in concentrated areas.

Liquid:
Liquid sprays are safest on pastures, but to put on over 20# sodium nitrate/ acre in liquid (20 gal/acre is typical spray volume), you will need a carbon source mixed with it (liquid fish or molasses) to avoid burning. I always see that we do not get burning at a ½ # per gal water rate. Ultimately, it depends on spray volume of equipment.

The best way to liquid apply the sodium nitrate without having a carbon source mixed in is to replace the foliar tips with ground streamers.

Here are three different ways to apply sodium nitrate on pasture:

1- Foliar spray along with a liquid carbon base– 10-20 lbs sodium nitrate per 10-20 gal per acre
• Most effective, but requires 4-5 applications/season (2-3 week intervals)
• Results in greenup and palatability in three days. Research results show production will be enhanced for up to 10 weeks.

2- Dry broadcast – up to 150# per acre
• Very effective results- Greenup will begin in 10 days and continue to release nitrogen over 30 days
• Excellent long term effect
• No need for multiple applications

3- Streaming – will reduce or eliminate burning of the grass.
• Very effective with high amounts of sodium nitrate (25#/acre) liquefied –Results in greenup and palatability in three days
• Excellent long term effect
• 3-4 applications/season (2-3 week intervals)


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