Sodium silicate is used in fruit flotation operations to increase the density of flotation solutions and to remove and suspend soil.
AgSil® potassium silicates are an excellent source of completely soluble potassium, a primary macronutrient, and silicon which is now being recognized as a beneficial substance to plants. Applying soluble silicon can provide several benefits including better resistance to mineral and climate stress, improved plant strength, better resistance to lodging, and in some cases may increase growth and yield.
PQ now offers a biochemical pesticide potassium silicate called Sil-MATRIX®. This product works with the plant to serve as a preventative for Powdery Mildew and other fungal diseases, and it also controls mites, whiteflies, and other insects.
PQ Magnesium Sulfate provides soluble Magnesium to serve as a secondary plant macronutrient. It occupies a central position in the chlorophyll molecule and therefore plays a fundamental role in photosynthesis. Both magnesium and sulfur play a role in plant metabolic functions and enzyme processes.
Magnesium is important in the dietary requirements of cattle and sheep. Magnesium sulfate provides an excellent source of soluble magnesium for animal feed supplements. Providing supplemental magnesium is especially important when the livestock are feeding on lush green pastures with high potassium levels, because potassium can interfere with the uptake of magnesium by grasses.