Zeba has many beneficial attributes for agriculture and the environment. One of the reasons it is a preferred input for growers is the ability of Zeba to be a very beneficial soil conditioner.
Zeba fundamentally increases a soils ability to aggregate, holding onto soil particles. This provides an increase in soil aeration, enabling microbes and plant roots to survive and flourish. We have seen clear data to support the ability of Zeba to reduce bulk density along with aggregation, but yet Zeba is able to hold soil moisture.
This unique combination offered by Zeba reduces soil water velocity which directly affects the way soil particles move within the soil profile. This reduces leaching which increases the efficiency of nutrients (NUE) as plants and the soil matrix as a whole take advantage of the conditioning benefits of Zeba.
Some soil conditioners increase the soils pore spaces to the detriment of the environment, where there is an increase of the water flow through to lower horizons. Zeba is not in this category. Zeba maintains the soil structure around its zone of influence, reducing the natural tendencies of a soil to leach, yet aggregating soil to stabilize air pockets to allow better root growth and increased microbial function.
800x magnification of 1 Zeba hydrogel showing the attraction of individual soil granules, leading to soil aggregation