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CrossOver Gypsum Formulations Cleared in California August 2015

California Department of Food and Agriculture Registers CrossOver G Agriculture & CrossOver G Turf  

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CrossOver Agriculture and CrossOver Turf were registered in California earlier this year.  Now the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) has approved the gypsum formulations for both products.  CrossOver G Ag and CrossOver G Turf are approved for use on the same labeled crops as the standard CrossOver Products.

CrossOver G Agriculture is approved on all common cucurbits, fruiting vegetables, brassica vegetables, legumes and tuberous vegetables.  It is also cleared for use on field crops such as corn (sweet, field and seed corn), soybeans, rice, wheat, sugarcane, sorghum, alfalfa, barley, oats and switchgrass.  CrossOver G Turf is approved for all standard turf grasses.    

Harsco felt CrossOver G would be an excellent formulation to round out the CrossOver product line.  It broadens the soil types and plant species that can benefit from the plant available silicon in CrossOver.

About CrossOver G

CrossOver G is a highly refined, gypsum enhanced, calcium and magnesium silicate product in granular form. Its benefits are associated with a comprehensive set of beneficial geochemical reactions proven to be highly efficient and effective at correcting soil chemical imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, structural instability and toxic conditions associated with salt.

CrossOver G is unique, inasmuch as it behaves as a functional hybrid. When its silicon constituent is released from CrossOver G and absorbed by the plant, it actively participates in a number of biological processes that boost the plant’s ability to withstand many challenges from all forms of environmental stresses.

CrossOver G is a highly effective fertilizer for use on sodic soils. Sufficient calcium is supplied by CrossOver G to address calcium loss due to sodium replacement to initiate soil flocculation needed to promote improved soil structure and air-to-water ratios.

Enhanced soil stabilization from CrossOver G occurs when calcium and silicate released from CrossOver G form unique geopolymers that act as binders, holding soil particles and improving flocculation and agglomeration beyond what can be expected by calcium alone.

The gypsum contained in the CrossOver G formulation is used to improve water infiltration rates into soils and help prevent swelling clays and crusting of soils. Gypsum’s sulfate anion also attaches to free sodium forming sodium sulfate that can then be leached from the soil profile.

CrossOver G represents a perfect blend of gypsum with calcium and magnesium silicate that provides a robust approach to correct salt-affected fine textured soils.

We should note that CrossOver G products have already been registered in most states along with the standard CrossOver.

Harsco Metals & Minerals

Harsco M&M, a division of Harsco Corporation, is the world’s largest contract services partner to the steel and metals industries, operating in 170 customer locations across 35 countries.   

They recycle 6 million tons of co-product a year from steel production and utilities finding new uses for these materials in applications such as construction and agriculture.

Harsco Corp

Harsco Corporation serves major industries that are fundamental to worldwide economic development, including steel and metals production, railways and energy. Harsco’s common stock is a component of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index. Additional information can be found at www.harsco.com

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Harrell’s To Carry CrossOver Line July 2015

Harrell’s To Carry CrossOver Line In Texas and the South Central Region “We’re pleased to announce that Harsco has a new distributor to cover the turf and ornamentals market in Texas and the south central states. Harrells has agreed to carry our line of CrossOver products,” according to Stephen Miranda, Global Market Manager for Harsco Metals and Minerals.

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Founded in 1941, Harrells is a leading producer and distributor of customized, agronomic solutions for the turf and landscape markets. From their headquarters in Lakeland, Florida, the company provides solutions that help protect against pests, environmental threats and climate extremes. Miranda says they are well equipped to handle CrossOver sales and technical service for customers in the region.

Harrells is one of the nation’s largest distributors of branded fungicides, herbicides and insecticides, as well as custom blended fertilizers, specialty liquids, and wetting agents for the golf course, sports turf, landscape management, and horticulture industries. With a focus on quality control, tight manufacturing specifications and careful selection of raw materials, customers can be assured they will find the right product for the job. Harrells is also one of the leading suppliers of quality controlled- release fertilizers. CrossOver, as a valued calcium and magnesium silicate soil amendment, fits the Harrells product portfolio to a tee. Harrells joins two other distributor partners, Crop Production Services (CPS) and Residex, handling CrossOver in the west and southeast respectively. In addition to turf, CPS also serves agricultural markets for CrossOver.

CrossOver Registered and Sold in 46 States Miranda reports that CrossOver is now approved for use in most states across the country. 46 states have now approved use of CrossOver for monocots and dicots including California which recently added dicots to the CrossOver monocot registration. And the gypsum formulation, CrossOver G, is approved in all 46 states with California’s registration for CrossOver G to be submitted this year. Numerator Technologies Serves as a channel consultant instrumental in helping coordinate efforts with Harsco’s three distributor partners.

All three distributor partners offer skilled teams of sales and development experts as well as warehousing networks to supply agricultural producers, horticulturists and turf managers with a full array of agronomic crop and turf solutions. CrossOver helps plants benefit from the release of calcium, magnesium and silicates into the soil and from subsequent plant uptake, helps in correcting magnesium and calcium deficiencies. The Si component plays an important role in helping the plant better withstand drought stress, enhance its tolerance to heat and cold, and improve the plant’s structural integrity.

Harsco Metals & Minerals Harsco Metals & Minerals, a division of Harsco Corporation, is the world’s largest contract services partner to the steel and metals industries, operating in 170 customer locations across 35 countries. They recycle 6 million tons of co-product a year from steel production and utilities finding new uses for these materials in applications such as construction and agriculture. Harsco Corp Harsco Corporation serves major industries that are fundamental to worldwide economic development, including steel and metals production, railways and energy. Harsco’s common stock is a component of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index. Additional information can be found at www.harsco.com.

For more on CrossOver and Si click on: http://www.numeratortech.com

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CrossOver Agriculture Now Registered for Use on Vegetables and Assorted Field Crops in California March 27, 2015

The California Department of Food and Agriculture recently registered CrossOverTM Agriculture for application on labeled monocot and dicot crops in that state. CrossOver was previously labeled for use on monocot crops only in California. CrossOver is a highly refined magnesium and calcium silicate based fertilizer.

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Upon application of CrossOver, crops benefit from the release of calcium, magnesium and silicates into the soil and subsequent plant uptake that helps correct magnesium and calcium deficiencies and reduces drought stress; improves tolerance to heat or cold stress; and improves plant structural strength and resistance to lodging in those crops subject to lodging. CrossOver Agriculture should be applied during field preparation prior to planting, during seeding, soon after emergence or transplanting according to label directions.

The product must be applied by light mechanical incorporation assuring soil contact for proper particle breakdown. Marketed by Numerator Technologies, Inc. and manufactured by Harsco Metals & Minerals, the product’s strong Silicon (Si) component offers an array of advantages under a number of plant and climatic conditions. It is unique in that it enhances the crop’s ability to resist and tolerate a number of environmental stresses. Production and formulation of Si and Si blends have been brought into sharper focus by both the academic and commercial sectors in hopes of increasing general awareness of the agronomic benefits they provide.

Introduced last year, CrossOver is being sold domestically and will also be distributed and sold under the CrossOver brand internationally. CrossOver is currently registered for use on both monocots and dicots in most states.

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The Addition of Silicon Can Improve Phosphorus Utilization January 2015

Maintaining turf health often requires supplemental applications of phosphorus for lawn care and golf courses. But lawn care management companies and golf course superintendents know all too well turf grass that only utilizes a small percentage of applied phosphorus results in inefficient utilization and, perhaps worse, phosphorus run-off, an issue that has plagued managers for a number of years.

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Regulatory pressure continues to curtail the use of phosphorus. Phosphate run-off is such a critical issue that many fertilizer companies are producing formulations without a phosphate component leaving users with fewer fertilizer options. What’s more, regulatory policy governing phosphorus doesn’t appear to be easing.

Many states now have restrictions on rates, limiting the months for application, vicinity to water sources, as well as prohibiting use altogether in some high risk locations. It’s also true that over time, phosphate nutrient efficiency has diminished often requiring higher rates to do the job. Research indicates that applied phosphate only results in 20 percent or less of effective utilization by the plant. In other words, the higher required rates being applied have only exacerbated the problem.

Rather than eliminating this valued nutrient where it’s needed, the focus should be on the application of practices that could reduce phosphate fixation, make the nutrient more extractable from soils for use by turf grass and plants and reduce high volumes that cause problems with non-point exposure. One input that can help mitigate this dilemma is the addition of silicon. Silicon can play an important role in helping to resolve the inefficiency of phosphate fertilizer application.

Research has shown that silicon enables turf grass to improve phosphorus utilization, reducing the amount of unwanted run-off. CrossOver Recently Introduced CrossOver, a soil amendment made by Harsco Metals & Minerals, is a calcium and magnesium silicate that provides a form of water soluble silicon easily taken up by plants. Its effectiveness is closely tied to the release of soluble silicon from its granular formulation. As a silicon rich soil amendment, the silicon component of CrossOver has been shown to participate in a number of chemical processes that contribute to improved phosphorus availability. Now there is a technical bulletin, produced by Harsco, that is available that explains the science of silicon and how it benefits issues surrounding phosphorus.

For a copy of this bulletin readers may access it (Bulletin Access Information) Harsco Metals & Minerals Harsco M&M, a division of Harsco Corporation, is the world’s largest contract services partner to the steel and metals industries, operating in 170 customer locations across 35 countries. They recycle 6 million tons of co-product a year from steel production and utilities finding new uses for these materials in applications such as construction and agriculture. Harsco Corporation Harsco Corporation serves major industries that are fundamental to worldwide economic development, including steel and metals production, railways and energy. Harsco’s common stock is a component of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index. Additional information can be found at www.harsco.com Numerator Technologies Numerator Technologies operates as a sales partner and distributor liaison for Harsco’s CrossOver.

For information, contact them at: Numerator Technologies PO Box 868 Sarasota, Fla 34230 941-807-5333 www.numeratortech.com

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Weather Extremes Magnify Summer Stress Research Has Shown Silicon Boosts Turf Grasses’ Defense Systems June 2015

Summer stress is challenging enough on turf grass without climate extremes making things worse. And if this year is any indication, turf health will be an uphill battle for golf course superintendents and turf managers. While much of Middle America suffered heavy rainfall and flooding, California is experiencing its worst drought in recorded history.

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All of these environmental phenomena may require a reassessment of management practices to help turf withstand and rebound from extraordinary stress. Multiple factors are usually associated with summer stress and turf decline.

Excessive rainfall, such as that experienced in many regions this season, can compromise turf grass often resulting in wet, water logged, saturated soils causing root decline and dysfunction especially when coupled with high temperatures and humidity. Shorter than normal root systems can spell trouble especially during heavy traffic summer months of July and August. Locations with poor or minimal air movement do not allow for adequate cooling and drying resulting in heat stress and related problems that go along with it.

Soil compaction due to high traffic and wear patterns can also be added to the list of issues associated with summer stresses. And finally drought, such as that experienced in California, can present insurmountable problems in turf decline and often the entire loss of turf grass especially on fairways and adjoining rough or native grasses where irrigation is most restricted. Golf course superintendents are generally well equipped to deal with biotic stresses that break down the health of turf grass especially during the summer months.

Despite the many tools at their disposal that guard against destructive insects and diseases, there are no quick fixes to deal with abiotic stresses such as excessive heat or cold, drought, salinity and nutrient availability. These stresses adversely affect plant function, growth, development, color and other quality issues. Silicon for Crisis Management Plant available silicon has been shown through extensive research that it can improve a plant’s ability to tolerate multiple abiotic or environmental stresses.

CrossOver, a recently introduced silicon rich soil amendment, is now being used on golf courses to combat such multiple stress situations. Now registered in 44 states, this calcium and magnesium silicate provides a form of water soluble silicon easily taken up by turf grass. Made by Harsco Metals & Minerals, it comes in a granular formulation designed to easily release soluble silicon for plant uptake. Now there is a technical bulletin that readers may access at (Bulletin Access Information).

Harsco Metals & Minerals Harsco M&M, a division of Harsco Corporation, is the world’s largest contract services partner to the steel and metals industries, operating in 170 customer locations across 35 countries. They recycle 6 million tons of co-product a year from steel production and utilities finding new uses for these materials in applications such as construction and agriculture. Harsco Corporation Harsco Corporation serves major industries that are fundamental to worldwide economic development, including steel and metals production, railways and energy. Harsco’s common stock is a component of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index.

Additional information can be found at www.harsco.com Numerator Technologies Numerator Technologies operates as a sales partner and distributor liaison for Harsco’s CrossOver. For information, contact them at: Numerator Technologies PO Box 868 Sarasota, Fla 34230 941-807-5333 www.numeratortech.com

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Does Silicon Play a Supportive Role in Photosynthesis in Turf Grass Health? February 2015

A number of processes affect the health and development of turf grass. But photosynthesis and the development of carbohydrates are considered the major drivers of turf grass growth and survival. Abiotic or environmental stresses challenge these functions and therefore the health and vitality of turf grass.

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Turf managers and golf course superintendents deal with these elements year in and year out. Drought, temperature extremes, salinity, UVB light and metal toxicity account for the majority of these environmental culprits. The question is are managers and superintendents utilizing all the tools available to them to combat the negative effects of multiple stresses?

In recent years more and more research has been conducted on soil amendments containing plant available silicon. It has been established that silicon, introduced to the plant, can have a number of advantages from improving structural integrity to helping plants build up defense mechanisms that increase their tolerance to stress. It has also been shown that when silicon is taken up by the plant it can increase photosynthesis thus increasing carbohydrates over and above what could be expected under abiotic stresses. Put another way, with abiotic stress the photosynthetic machinery is damaged thus preventing the plant’s ability to grow and develop to its genetic potential. In terms of structural benefits, silicon movement to epidermal regions improves cell wall strength, plant rigidity and erect leaves, root development, linear growth and water efficiency thus presenting barriers to environmental stresses and presenting a greater canopy area for photosynthesis.

CrossOver Recently Introduced CrossOver, a soil amendment made by Harsco Metals & Minerals, is a calcium and magnesium silicate that provides a form of water soluble silicon easily taken up by plants. Its effectiveness is closely tied to the release of soluble silicon from its granular formulation. As a silicon rich soil amendment, the silicon component of CrossOver has been shown to participate in a number of chemical processes that contribute to improved photosynthesis and carbohydrate development. Now there is a technical bulletin, produced by Harsco, that is available that explains the science of silicon and how it benefits photosynthesis.

For a copy of this bulletin readers may access it (Bulletin Access Information) Harsco Metals & Minerals Harsco M&M, a division of Harsco Corporation, is the world’s largest contract services partner to the steel and metals industries, operating in 170 customer locations across 35 countries. They recycle 6 million tons of co-product a year from steel production and utilities finding new uses for these materials in applications such as construction and agriculture. Harsco Corporation Harsco Corporation serves major industries that are fundamental to worldwide economic development, including steel and metals production, railways and energy. Harsco’s common stock is a component of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index.

Additional information can be found at www.harsco.com Numerator Technologies Numerator Technologies operates as a sales partner and distributor liaison for Harsco’s CrossOver. For information, contact them at: Numerator Technologies PO Box 868 Sarasota, Fla 34230 941-807-5333 www.numeratortech.com

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CrossOver Soil Amendment CA Registration Expanded to Include Dicots: Research Also Shows its Silicon Component Helps Alleviate the Effects of Drought June 1, 2015

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has now added dicot crops to the CrossOverTM registration. The original registration for CrossOver was for monocots only. CrossOver is a highly refined magnesium and calcium silicate based fertilizer. Upon application of CrossOver, crops benefit from the release of calcium, magnesium and silicates into the soil and subsequent plant uptake that helps correct magnesium and calcium deficiencies and reduces drought stress; improves tolerance to heat or cold stress; and improves plant structural strength and resistance to lodging.

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There is no element or agricultural input that can magically eliminate the effects of drought. Research indicates, however, that silicon (Si) can help mitigate the damage that drought stress does to plants and aid in quicker recovery. Research has also demonstrated that the application of active (plant available) Si increases soil water holding capacity near the plant root system by 10 to 30%. Water holding capacity, adsorption capacity, and texture of the soil can all be optimized by active Si.

The application of both solid and liquid forms of active Si helped reduce needed irrigation water application rates substantially in trials conducted in dry and semi-dry climates. And Si amendments have been found to be beneficial under sodic conditions because plants under Si nutrition are more resistant to salt toxicity (Matichenkov V.V., Bocharnikova E.A. 2004). CrossOver Agriculture should be applied during field preparation prior to planting, during seeding, soon after emergence or transplanting according to label directions. The product must be applied by light mechanical incorporation assuring soil contact for proper particle breakdown.

Marketed by Numerator Technologies, Inc. and manufactured by Harsco Metals & Minerals, the product’s strong Silicon (Si) component offers an array of advantages under a number of plant and climatic conditions. It is unique in that it enhances the crop’s ability to resist and tolerate a number of environmental stresses.

Production and formulation of Si and Si blends is increasing due to a general awareness of the agronomic benefits they provide. Harsco Metals & Minerals Harsco Metals & Minerals, a division of Harsco Corporation, is the world’s largest contract services partner to the steel and metals industries, operating in 170 customer locations across 35 countries. They recycle 6 million tons of co-product a year from steel production and utilities finding new uses for these materials in applications such as construction and agriculture. Harsco Corp Harsco Corporation serves major industries that are fundamental to worldwide economic development, including steel and metals production, railways and energy. Harsco’s common stock is a component of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index.

Additional information can be found at www.harsco.com. For more on Si and Drought click on: http://www.numeratortech.com/Calif%20Drought%20Ag/CrossOver_Ag_Drought_Calif.pdf

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The California Department of Food and Agriculture has now added dicot crops to the CrossOverTM registration. June 2015

CrossOverTM Soil Amendment, made by Harsco, is registered for use on a number of agricultural crops, turf, and horticultural crops in 44 states*. CrossOver is a highly refined magnesium and calcium silicate based fertilizer. Upon application of CrossOver, plants benefit from the release of calcium, magnesium and silicates into the soil and subsequent plant uptake that helps correct magnesium and calcium deficiencies and reduces drought stress; improves tolerance to heat or cold stress; and improves plant structural strength and resistance to lodging in those crops subject to lodging.

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CrossOver should be applied during field preparation prior to planting, during seeding, soon after emergence or transplanting according to label directions. The product must be applied by light mechanical incorporation assuring soil contact for proper particle breakdown.

Marketed by Numerator Technologies, Inc. and manufactured by Harsco Metals & Minerals, the product’s strong Silicon (Si) component offers an array of advantages under a number of plant and climatic conditions. It is unique in that it enhances the crop’s ability to resist and tolerate a number of environmental stresses. Production and formulation of Si and Si blends have been brought into sharper focus by both the academic and commercial sectors in hopes of increasing general awareness of the agronomic benefits they provide. Introduced last year, CrossOver is being sold domestically and will also be distributed and sold under the CrossOver brand internationally.

CrossOver is currently registered for use on both monocots and dicots in most states. Harsco Metals & Minerals Harsco M&M, a division of Harsco Corporation, is the world’s largest contract services partner to the steel and metals industries, operating in 170 customer locations across 35 countries. They recycle 6 million tons of co-product a year from steel production and utilities finding new uses for these materials in applications such as construction and agriculture. Harsco Corp Harsco Corporation serves major industries that are fundamental to worldwide economic development, including steel and metals production, railways and energy. Harsco’s common stock is a component of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index.

Additional information can be found at www.harsco.com. *CrossOver is not registered for use in Illinois, Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. And at press time there were certain use restrictions in Washington and Oregon. Contact your state departments of agriculture for information.

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CROSSOVERTM Benefits from Silicon’s New Designation As Beneficial Substance by AAPFCO March 2013

Harsco Metals & Minerals has announced that its line of calcium silicate products – marketed under the brand name CrossOverTM – will benefit from silicon’s (Si) new designation as a “plant beneficial substance” by the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO). Silicon formulations that meet AAPFCO’s standard for plant available silicon can now be listed on fertilizer labels with the new designation backed by an established protocol for product quality, production, and accurate labeling for commercialization of non-liquid silicon fertilizers.

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Harsco is a leader in the manufacturing of silicon-based products with recovery and extraction processes that convert industrial waste into ecologically sustainable products. As of 2013, Harsco launched a key business venture to introduce the company’s CrossOver line of products to the agriculture, horticulture and turf industries.

Harsco’s recovery and extraction process offers the agriculture, horticulture and turf industries a reliable source of high quality silicon. According to Steve Miranda, Global Market Manager for Agriculture and Turfgrass for Harsco. “Silicon deficiency in the soil profile is often a limiting factor to crop yield and quality that affects many crops and many soil types on a global basis. Science has proven it.” The key measurement of AAPFCO’s designation is “plant available” silicon. Formulations of silicon differ in terms of solubility and plant uptake. Until recently, the industry did not have a reliable, practical method of measuring plant available silicon. Dr. Mary Provance-Bowley, Global Technical Development Manager with Harsco Metals & Minerals, explained the science and timeline behind the development of a method that AAPFCO ultimately endorsed. “The first challenge for the industry was to come up with a reliable measurement,” she said. “As a result of a collaborative effort, scientists developed a 5-day soluble Si extraction method for determining plant available silicon in non-liquid fertilizer sources.

Prior to AAPFCO approval, all silicon products were listed on fertilizer labels as a “non-plant food ingredient”. With the new designation, manufacturers can now quantify formulations of silicon and label their Si product as a “plant beneficial substance” – an important distinction. A “plant beneficial substance” is defined as any substance or compound other than primary, secondary, and micro plant nutrients that can be demonstrated by scientific research to be beneficial to one or more species of plants, when applied exogenously.

The new label designation is a significant marketing opportunity for Harsco, according to Miranda. “We have a superior quality formulation of silicon that will provide growers access to a product to improve crop productivity. We are currently looking at worldwide opportunities to introduce this exciting line of silicon based products from our recovery and extraction process.”

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