WHAT IS CLO₂ ANYWAY?
Chlorine Dioxide is a chemical compound with the formula ClO₂, one Chlorine and two Oxygens. It has a yellow-green colour as a gas and it does not hydrolyse in water hence it acts as dissolved gas in water. Unlike Chlorine which is chlorinating, Chlorine Dioxide is oxidising.
Chlorine Dioxide was discovered over 100 hundred years ago. Since then it has been widely used as a safe and strong oxidising agent as a water treatment for drinking water. More recent developments have extended its application into food processing, disinfection of premises and vehicles, mold eradication, air disinfection and odour control, water treatment of swimming pools, dental applications, and wound cleansing.
Is it such a big deal if the good bugs are killed with the bad bugs?
Killing good microbes with Chlorine may not sound like that big a deal, especially if the Bad Bugs are killed as well. But consider the jobs that good bacteria perform in your farm.
Good bacteria enrich your soil by converting nitrogen and other nutrients into forms that can be more readily taken up by plants. That means better grass.
Good bacteria also work in the gut of every cow helping the animal digest grass more efficiently. That means better milk production.
Good bacteria, when present in the effluent pond, eat the crust and sludge solids and convert NPK into more stable forms. That means a better liquefied fertiliser. We absolutely need good bacteria for our farms to run well.
Slurry Bugs liquefied this crusted pond. But during this trial, we noticed that the condition of pond began to go backwards after five weeks and that a green coloration appeared where Slurry Bug activity had been dynamic. On closer inspection, it was clear that the Slurry Bugs were no longer active. Chlorine from the shed run over killed the Good Guys.