Interpreting Water & Soil Analyses
What we are looking at;
Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Phosphate
All nutrients yet highly insoluble
Scale forming due to their complexing with bicarbonates and valence (the magnetic like attraction like calcium phosphate)
Acidified with sulfurous acids, the complexes, specifically evaporate salt crystals do not re-dissolve, forms hardpan and minimizes the absorption of water and transport of water, nutrients and oxygen.
As the cycle propagates, the soils tend to support anoxic bacteria, i.e. black layer, as well as ferric chloride, iron bacteria and bio-films.
Sulfur, Sulfate, Iron and Manganese
While sulfur and sulfate are inert, Iron highly insoluble and an essential nutrient, manganese a mineral and nutrient, add a sufficient number of bacteria, keep the soil hydrated and it’s the perfect recipe for colonies of anoxic bacteria and biofilms that can block the flow of water, nutrition and oxygen while perpetuating black layer and ferric chloride – toxicity!
Salts, Mineral Salts, Sodium Salts, - We’re referring to Chloride Salts, salts that complex with chloride such as sodium, iron (ferric), calcium and zinc. Sodium is the most soluble mineral in even the worst water it solubilizes, and where zinc is the most soluble metal, and likewise goes into solution in the worst and best of waters. If these are saturated in your soils, you have an infiltration issue, of which is usually from cementation, biology, biofilms and or no drainage whether through the soil to the groundwater or through a drain.
Yet another extremely soluble liquid/gas that when saturated in the soil indicates an infiltration problem, again likely from biology, slime or cementation or a matrix thereof (including the depletion of oxygen).
Did you know the acidification of excess levels of NO3-N releases amines that then block oxygen flow and that you can offset that reaction with adding oxygen?
Biology, namely Bacteria
Where saturated iron in sols and black matter are all usually related to biofilms, and biofilms are created by bacteria, why have we not been looking at bacteria in our water analyses?
Bacteria + ample food source (sulfur, sulfate, iron and or manganese) = the potential for slime forming colonies of which slimes block and are resistant to just about everything including acids and many fungicides.
What’s rain really doing, flushing salts? If you refer to salts as N, NO3-N, Zinc and Sodium, you are right, but not the other metals minerals.
What else is rain brining – Dissolved Oxygen and lots of it.
As your soils receive rain, your plants receive nitrogen, water, dissolved oxygen, followed by sodium chloride then zinc chloride, then the more noble metals and minerals if they should become available with acidification, but not likely.
Soil and Water Analyses
Look at the elements in buckets
Cementations: Ca, Mg, P & K
Biology Toxins and Slimes: Total Bacteria, S, SO4, Fe and Mn
Toxins: Cl, Na, NaCl, FeCl3, CaCl2, ZnCl2, No3-N > 20 ppm
1. Soil levels divided by source water levels.
a. Which buckets are most saturated
i. Cementation – Use WaterSOLV™ Curative (acid)
ii. Biology & Toxins – Use WaterSOLV™ BC (oxygenator)
(both products mitigate chloride salts)