Calcium Carbonate is mineral composed of three elements: carbon, oxygen and calcium. Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3) is a non-toxic and odourless powder.
Ground Calcium Carbonate Markets
The ground Calcium Carbonate market is expected to continue to grow over the next few years. Keegan's Calcium Carbonate can produce any grading of GCC from less than 100 micron and upwards from 100 micron.
The principal function of ground Calcium Carbonate (GCC) is as a source of calcium and a filler in a diverse range of end use applications. The paper industry is the largest consumer of GCC, plastics account for around 10% of European GCC consumption, around 8% of Europe’s GCC is accounted for by the paint market and the adhesives and sealants industry consumes around 5% of European GCC production.
Ground Calcium Carbonate is used in the following sectors:
In Ireland the animal feed and animal nutrition sector along with the glass manufacturing industry are the biggest users of Fine Crushed limestone, other markets for different grades of fine crushed limestone are.
Agricultural Lime is a tried and tested way for regulating the pH level in soil. More than 60% of land in Ireland needs pH regulation.
Agricultural Lime (Ag Lime) responds to a particular challenge faced by farmers. As you grow crops over the years, in most cases your soil will become more acidic. This is due to erosion, leaching, the decomposition of organic matter, and a variety of other factors. Soil that becomes too acidic can have an extremely detrimental effect on crop yields and, thus, on your bottom line.
Luckily the solution to the gradual increase in soil acidity is rather simple.
Ag Lime is proven to be a simple and cost-effective way to counter the harsh conditions created by rising acidity. Applications of Ag Lime are a reliable way to keep your soil healthy and high-yielding.
Ag Lime’s chemical properties allow crops to flourish in less-than-ideal acidity conditions. It can boost the profit potential of a farm significantly, while also making fertilizer up to 50 percent more efficient.
Liming may be carried out at any time when ground conditions are suitable. For arable land, lime is usually applied when the land is available after harvest.
The answer to the question 'How often should I Lime?' is, in general, 'as often as necessary to maintain a pH as near enough 7.0 on arable, and 6.5 on grassland.