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Kaolin clay pest control
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mouseinthewall    Posted 02-03-2002 at 10:34:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Anybody use the kaolin clay as a new organic method of controlling direct fruit pests on apples (apple maggot, plum curlulio, codling moth)? marketed as Surround WP Crop Protectant. It's relatively new and I know of it from the ATTRA website but haven't seen much news about it. Wondered if any backyard apple growers or orchardists out there have tried it with success. Thanks

PCC-AL    Posted 02-03-2002 at 10:52:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Interesting, I learn something new every day.
I live in the center of one of the Kaolin clay areas and didn't know it was used for anything much besides firebrick and bauxite. Most of the big companies have finished mining some years ago, but still have large stockpiles here. There is some info on the web about new products if you are interested.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 02-03-2002 at 18:29:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
PCC, We live in the heart of it here in GA and I didn't know that either. Do you live near Sylacauga(sp?)?

Mouseinthewall, My wife works in customer service for one of the big kaolin companies. I'll see if they have any info. There are many uses for the stuff.

PCC-AL    Posted 02-03-2002 at 22:54:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Nathan,
I live about 50 miles south of Columbus, GA.
We had a number of the big companies in the area until market conditions changed. A few years ago China started shipping high grade ore to the U.S. and pretty much ended our local mining. I think they are still looking for some use for the lesser grade ore.
They should use it as a substitute for grease. We used to ride dirt bikes around the mines and after a rain, it was the slickest mud you will ever find. See ya.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 02-05-2002 at 08:24:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah PCC, It's some slick stuff. I used to work in one of the mines and busted my butt a few times. You'd be amazed at how you can spin a 955 Cat loader around on concrete with a light coating of the stuff.

The plants here have cut way back. The ore from Brazil has a higher brightness out of the ground and less labor charge to get it. It's put a hurt on these plants. They sopped gravy as long as they could!

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