Add Sea Minerals Back Into Your Soil

Healthy soil uses a natural blend of minerals (macro nutrients, secondary nutrients, micro nutrients and rare earth nutrients) to support crops. Over time, soil loses these nutrients due to plant production and/or erosion. Eventually, over centuries, these minerals and nutrients were redeposited into salty bodies of water.

When an ocean or sea dries, it leaves behind mother nature’s best depository—a rich collection of all the minerals needed to replenish soil—including the rare earth nutrients. Almost 60 years ago, we found the mineral-rich remains of an ancient sea near Redmond, Utah. This unique mineral salt was buried deep below the surface and has been preserved from modern pollutants for centuries.

Many other salts use chemical processes (bleaching, kiln-dried or adding anti-caking agents) that strip the trace mineral from salt.  Without these minerals, sodium chloride is a toxic substance but when left whole (with the valuable trace minerals intact) salt becomes life sustaining.

Redmond’s salt is always unrefined, which means we leave all 60+ naturally occurring minerals intact.  Instead of using chemical processes, we simply gather these minerals, crush them and package them.

Uniquely, Redmond salt’s minerals and salinity levels are nearly identical to the proportions you’d find in the blood of healthy livestock.  We like to describe this ratio as mother nature’s formula for ideal plant, animal and human health.

We first tried applying Redmond salt on our own farms. The results were impressive—we noticed our plants looked healthier and grew faster. Our animals also preferred to grazing on the treated pasture land.

These results were consistent with Dr. Maynard Murray’s findings, “applying sea salts and associated trace minerals have a more positive effect than fertilizing heavily with just one or two elements (i.e., Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium). The proper ratio of minerals is more important than the total amount of minerals.” 1

Stockman Grass Farmer also found similar results: “Fertilizing pasture with salt found to lift milk yield by 10%, milk fat by 5%, and lactose by 3% … Salting pastures increased grazing time, and biting rates, and cows would preferentially graze salt fertilized pastures over non-salted pastures…Fertilizing with salt appears to lower pasture bloat by increasing the digestibility of grasses and decreasing the effects of clover bloat.” 2, 3

Beef Magazine’s research mirrors these finding as well…“Excessive potassium in plants causes an antagonistic effect on magnesium, calcium, and sodium and induces grass tetany, milk fever, downer cow syndrome and reproductive losses. Fertilizing pastures with salt reduced the excessive potassium levels.” 4

Besides adding salt to our soil, we also began applying volcanic ash.  This ash is also found in thick layered deposits in Redmond, Utah. This ash is also incredibly high in minerals and acts as a re-mineralizer. We gather this ash and package it as Redmond Conditioner.

We gather both the salt and the volcanic ash via separate operations. We package these resources individually but also offer a blended combination known as SR 50 & 65. It’s a simple way that you can return the trace minerals back into the soil—all 60+ of them.

Both our salt and conditioner products are OMRI listed for organic use. You can see our certification here.

(1) Sea Energy Agriculture, 2003
(2) Stockman Grass Farmer, October 2000
(3) Stockman Grass Farmer, September 1999
(4) Beef Magazine, June 2003

Law of the Minimum

Justus von Liebig developed this law which states that plant growth is determined by the scarcest, limiting nutrient.  So even if all the major elements are present, production will still be limited by the lack of trace elements. As important as N-P-K are, it was learned that “the natural blend of sea minerals (the sea salts and associated trace minerals) have a more positive effect than fertilizing heavily with only a couple of elements.”1

So Why Redmond Products?

  • Re-mineralization—over 60 elements for the ancient sea
  • Increases uptake of other nutrients
  • Works well with biologicals
  • It feeds the predators of parasitic nematodes


Table 1.  Average total parasitic nematodes and percent parasitic nematodes in both the control and treated strips per 100 ml. of soil

Which Product to Apply

Redmond Salt – This should be applied to any soil type.  Consider lower application rates, or skip a year in excessively high salt soil.

Redmond Conditioner – This should be applied to all soil types.  Consider lower or no application on heavy clay soils that have a high cation exchange capacity (CEC).

Application Rates for Large Areas

Dry Broadcast

  • Redmond Salt – 50 to 100 lbs/acre is normal.  Use more where soil salt content is very low.
  • Redmond Conditioner – 100 to 200 lbs/acre.
  • SR 65 – (65% Redmond Conditioner with 35% Redmond Premium Minerals Salt blend) 200 to 300 lbs/acre.


  • Redmond Salt – 3 to 5 lbs/acre applied up to 4 times during a growing season.  Stir into water the day before application.  Take the liquid off the top and leave the sediment behind so it doesn’t plug the spray system.
  • Redmond Conditioner – 6 to 10 lbs/acre repeated up to 4 times during the growing season.  Stir and let it sit the day before application.  Take liquid off the top same as the salt.  This will have a lot of sediment.  The sediment of both products can be spread over the soil.

Application Rates for Small Areas

Dry Broadcast Granular

  • Redmond Salt – 0.25 lb. for every 250 square feet.
  • Redmond Conditioner – 0.5 to 1 lb. for every 250 square feet


  • Redmond Salt – 1 teaspoon dissolved in 1 gallon of water for every 250 square feet.  Prepare this solution same as stated above.
  • Redmond Conditioner – 2 teaspoons for every 250 square feet.  Prepare same as above.



“We grass finish cattle in New Mexico.  We had to move some 1200 lb. steers from the normal winter annual finishing pastures (cereal rye) to a meadow brome field because of early spring heat.  These steers were already fairly fat and though the meadow brome looked good, they stopped gaining.  We decided to put the sea minerals to the test.  We pumped 3 lbs. per acre of Redmond Sea Minerals through the pivot with around 6/10 inch of water per acre.  The brome had been well watered but the Brix reading had been around 11.  Two days after the sea mineral treatment the Brix reading was 20.  The first week those steer gained in excess of  4.5 lbs./day.  Weekly weights from that point averaged approximately 3 lbs./day until finished from just that one application.  We continued on the brome with a set of yearlings after killing the 2 year old steers and saw ongoing benefits for much more than 2 months from this single application of mineral.  If a guy has a pivot and an injector on it, it is a no-brainer to do this.  The cost is nothing and the benefit is major.”         – Michael Davis, New Mexico


“We have fed Redmond Mineral to our cattle for years and realized that all those minerals should benefit our soil too so we tried it.  We mixed 1 part Redmond Salt to 5 parts Redmond Conditioner and spread it at 20 lbs. per acre.  In one year our soil went from nothing to something.  We also had a 15% increase in yield over the control area that we didn’t treat with sea minerals.  We even got a better crop when we added microbial stimulant with the sea minerals.”       – Noel Alexander, Nebraska



“Got myself overwhelmed with the thickest stand of alfalfa we have ever had—due to the sea minerals—as that is the only thing that was different from other years.”       – Sue Ramsey, Oregon


“We applied 80 to 90 lbs. per acre and noticed that the animals cleaned off the fields better than ever before.”       – Gerald Smith, Courtenay, BC


“They put the mineral salt at the rate of 200 lb per acre on annual rye grass that was planted last November.  It all looks good, but in a couple of places, they put it on 2 to 3 times heavier—400 to 600 lbs per acre.  Where they put the heavier amount the grass is twice as high as the rest and is a much darker green color.  It really looks a lot better.  They put cows on the pastures and within two days he could see a major difference in the animals.  He loves seeing the results and is delighted in every way.”       – John Marshall, Texas

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