Magnesium Oxide Agricultural Applications

Magnesium is an essential nutrient for plant and animal life. It is a required element in plant photosynthesis and a necessary nutrient for animal health. Magnesium oxide (MgO) is the most commonly used source of magnesium for ruminant nutrition. It also offers an available source of magnesium for various fertilizer applications.

Animal Feed and Health

Plant forage and animal feeds are often deficient in the required magnesium levels for healthy animal nutrition. A supplemental source of magnesium is required to maintain healthy levels within a ruminant’s diet. Baymag MgO offers a high concentration of magnesium as well as excellent biological availability.

Magnesium deficiency in cattle and sheep can lead to a condition called grass tetany. This condition is more common in the spring and fall when levels of magnesium in the natural forage are not adequate to maintain healthy levels within the animal. Feed supplements and mineral premixes are commonly used to provide the necessary levels of magnesium to the animals to prevent grass tetany. MgO is the most widely used source of magnesium for these applications.

MgO is also an important source of magnesium for rumen buffers and dairy supplements. It offers an available source of magnesium, which aids in increasing lactational performance.

Animal Feed Blocks

MgO is commonly used as both a setting agent and source of available magnesium in the production of mineral and molasses feed blocks. Baymag produces specific MgO products, which provide the desired sizing and reactivity for this application as well as maintaining a high magnesium content.

Fertilizer Applications

MgO is commonly used as a supplement for magnesium deficient soils especially for crops such as citrus, potatoes, vegetables, fruits and grass pastures. Baymag produces several grades of MgO for direct application, or as component to various fertilizer formulations.

Sugar Refining

Specific grades of MgO are offered for the sugar refining industry for the neutralization of raw cane and sugar beet juices. This also aids in the reduction of evaporator scaling.