[NAFEX] Greensand equals Manganese toxicity

Mathew Waehner waehner at gmail.com
Thu Jun 25 08:39:33 EDT 2009

Ernest is right, but we associate "heavy metal" with toxins like mercury and
loud music.

Manganese is a micronutrient, and it easily becomes toxic.  Far better to
manage these through soil pH and lots of organic matter in the soil to act
as a buffer.  Boron, copper and zinc all exist on a fine line between toxic
and deficient.

What is a amazing is that life has built soil that contains the proper
portions of these elements, while their abundance varies widely in source

On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 11:45 PM, Ernest Plutko <ernestplutko at wiktel.com>wrote:

> Manganese is a heavy metal and poisonous.  Be careful adding heavy
> metals to your soils.
> ---- Original Message ----
> From: holycow at frontiernet.net
> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Greensand equals Manganese toxicity
> Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2009 21:45:35 -0500
> >Jim,
> >    I'm thrilled with the idea of something with a lot of manganese
> >in it.  That's one of the deficiencies that shows up here, yellow
> >stripes in the corn that do NOT respond to adding Mg, but do respond
> >to adding sulfur.  (The sulfur lowers pH enough for Mn to be
> >available.)  Maybe you have too much Mn already where you are.    Don
> >na
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