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Carl Reitnauer    Posted 02-25-2002 at 17:08:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just purchased an old box truck with several tons of bagged zinc;what is the best use and application rate for this material? Any safety and health concerns?

big fred    Posted 02-26-2002 at 07:53:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you're talking about a soil amendment, it's probably zinc sulfate. It can be used to increase yields on some crops if applied early in zinc-deficient soils. Consult your county USCS office (or whatever they are called nowadays). I wouldn't mess with it without a soil analysis that showed a deficiency.

Larry    Posted 02-25-2002 at 18:07:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I wouldn't use zink in any soil applications. The rail road used to use it for weed control along the road beds. It locks up micro-nutients in the soil and nothing will grow there. I found this out while trying to grow crops on a old RR right of way.

IHank    Posted 02-25-2002 at 17:25:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Carl- I possibly don't understand the meaning of your post.

Please be more specific about what a several tons of bagged zinc is. Could be you got some valuable scrap metal to sell. Could be you bought yourself a heavy weight hazardous waste disposal problem.

If perchance you have a bunch of old time zinc fruit jar lids you might have hit a jackpot and got yourself some high dollar collectables to peddle.

If in fact the stuff is zinc it's good to have a little around to make solder flux with. If so, clik on my e-mail link and I'll buy up to a pound of the stuff.

Curious about what's going on, IHank

Okie-Dokie    Posted 02-25-2002 at 18:25:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Call the scrap metal place near you. That zink could be worth a lot! Be carefull, zink is not good for you. The little town of Picher, Okla. was at one time a center for zink mining. The area under and around the town is like swiss cheeze with all the old abandoned zinc mines. The big problem is it is very bad for you health. Picher is now one of the top EPA Superfund clean-up sites. They are going to have to move the entire town miles away from where it is now, or just pay off all the citizens and level the town. Lots and lots of kids raised there are born with birth defects and cancer.

Ivey    Posted 02-27-2002 at 07:56:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
On the other hand, zinc (as zinc sulphate) is applied to pecan trees as a neccessary nutrient. What we need to know is, Is it metal or white powder?

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