Mt Sylvia Soil Conditioner product Palagonite included in an Odour trial in Poultry Sheds

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Positive anecdotal evidence from a number of independent users has led palagonite to be part of this trial. The reason the Directors of Mt Sylvia Soil Conditioners are so excited is because of the presence of Goethite in palagonite

Application for Commonwealth Grant approved

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

An application for financial support under the Innovations Connections Scheme has been approved by the Department of Industry, Innovations and Science acting on behalf of the Commonwealth Government. The Grant is to investigate the affects of mixing palagonite with composted manure mixtures and will be conducted at the University of Queensland Gatton Campus.

Lockyer Valley's Miracle Mineral

Monday, March 6, 2017

 What do the Lockyer Valley and Iceland have in common? Certainly not their climate. Although apparently the world's warming climate is significantly improving farming production on Iceland's far away shores. Here in Queensland at the tip of the Lockyer Valley, Mt Sylvia Soil Conditioners is producing a Palagonite of a quality and purity matched by Icelandic sources.

FARMING FOR THE FUTURE

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Agriculture, the act of cultivating the soil for the growing of crops or the rearing of animals, is arguably the single most important activity undertaken by humans on the planet. Agriculture is the force that fuels our global society, it is the basis for our existence. It connects us to the ebb and flow of the planetary cycles. Every second of the day an infinitude of plant cells convert sunlight into chemical energy. Complex reactions take place. Water is pumped through tissue.

AGRICULTURAL TRIALS OPEN NEW DOORS FOR QUARRY

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A south-east Queensland quarry business has potentially struck "gold" with a mine deposit that can not only supply traditional roadbase, aggregate and other quarry products to customers but also generate earth products that offer environmentally sustainable solutions to the agricultural sector.

This comes from the prestigus Quarry magazine, the offical journal put out by the Institute of Quarrying Australia. See the attached article or read it in the online magazine Page 43 - 45.

MSD to fund U.Q. honours student thesis on palagonite

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Academic advisor provides the following Research Outline.

The Mount Sylvia Diatomite mine produces Palagonite – an amorphous basalt mineral – that can be blended with compost or manure and added to soil. It is claimed to improve trace element availability and improve soil physical properties. It is used in organic farming systems as a soil amendment and was shown to improve crop yield.

National Biological and Farming Conference and Expo 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Martin I'Ons and Guy Lewington will be attending the Conference in Cairns and have a Booth. Please drop by  for a chat if you are attending. Our Booth will be beside the Regen Ag Booth. Their Biological Fertiliser process requires the addition of rock minerals and our company has developed a working relationship with Regen Ag such that our Palagonite is the rock mineral product of choice  for their process.

Palagonite-Chicken Manure 50 50 blend

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

MSD has been in discussions with Vital Soils a commercial composter of chicken manures located half way between Gatton and Esk. MSD has produced a 50:50 blend of standard palagonite and the chicken compost creating a biological fertiliser with a high concentration of all the elements required for healthy plant growth. The additional Organic Matter, Nitrogen, Sulphur, Phosphorous, Potassium, Boron and Silicon add to the macro and micro element loading already in the palagonite.

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