Tramfloc Hydroseeding and Erosion Control Polymers
Tramfloc® 1030-1040 Series of formulations is a linear polyacrylamide polymer that electrochemically binds soil particles and other constituents of any hydroseeding or hydromulching system together to provide easier pumping, superior soil stabilization, increased water penetration and better germination.
Tramfloc® 1030-1040 Series is dissolved in water then spray-applied to the surface to be seeded. It will penetrate into the soil. Within a few hours, it will cause the soil particles to bind together and form a stabilized layer on top of the soil. As a result, all wetted particles such as seeds, soil conditioners, and fertilizer become bound to the surface. The stabilized layer of the soil remains absolutely water permeable and the soil biology is not impaired.
By keeping the soil in place, by protecting against wind, water and water erosion, and keeping fertilizer in place and available to the plant, Tramfloc® creates an ideal environment for seed germination.
Tramfloc® 1030-1040 Series replaces the guar gum once used in this application. It took 40-60#/acre of guar gum whereas Tramfloc® is applied at a rate of 3#/acre.
Tramfloc® 1030-1040 Series is environmentally safe, once root growth has taken place; Tramfloc® is decomposed by the air and sunlight to environmentally harmless carbon dioxide and water.
Tramfloc® 1030-1040 Series is compatible with any paper or fiber mulches, fertilizers, surfactants or biostimulants. Tramfloc®® 1030-1040 Series formulations for hydroseeding, mulching and erosion control applications are in both our 100 and 1000 Series of formulations. Please contact our product manager for product selection and recommendation.
Directions for use:
Introduce the appropriate amounts of Tramfloc® 1000 Series into the Hydromulching mixing tank after all other components are added, agitate mixture thoroughly. The total amount of Tramfloc® 1030-1040 Series added to an area will vary depending on the area to be covered as shown in the table below and desired viscosity of the mix.
|1,000 sq. ft
|10,000 sq. ft.
|25,000 sq. ft.
|1 lb. 11 oz.
|43,560 sq. ft. (1 acre)
See the MSDS for these formulations shown available on this web site. Tramfloc® exhibits a very low degree of toxicity. Few precautions are necessary when handling. Wash with soap and water after contact. Prolonged repeated skin contact may cause irritation/dry skin. Eye contact will cause irritation. Keep out of reach of children.
Spill clean up:
Tramfloc® spills should be cleaned up without the use of water due to resulting slippery conditions. Thoroughly collect spilled granular material. Flush residuals to the drain with water for disposal at the local POTW.
Tramfloc® Soil Conditioning Polymers
Application Guide for Agriculture
Tramfloc® 1030 and 1040 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers reduce soil loss 70%
Tramfloc® 1030 and 1040 Series increases water infiltration during irrigation up to 50%
Tramfloc® 1030 and 1040 Series reduces BOD, fertilizer and pesticides in field run-off.
Benefits of Tramfloc® Soil Conditioning Polymer Application
Reduces hardening and crusting of irrigated soils
Reduces turbidity and sediment in runoff
Reduces furrow reshaping, soil spreading and cultivating
Promotes plant growth on steep grade slopes
Technically correct for drip irrigation and surface and mechanical irrigation systems
Tramfloc® Soil Conditioning Polymers do not bioaccumulate in plants
Tramfloc® Soil Conditioning Polymers are extremely cost effective
Erosion control, sediment runoff, and the availability and efficient use of water are some of the most serious issues facing irrigated agriculture. Many of the new environmental laws and regulations deal specifically with these issues. Polyacrylamides contained in Tramfloc® Tramfloc® Soil Conditioning Polymers improve runoff water quality by reducing the amount of sediment, nitrogen, phosphorus, COD, BOD, and pesticides in the water. In their first commercial use in the US in 1995, approximately 50,000 acres were treated and one million tons of soil were saved. By 2010, more than four million acres were being treated.
Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers are water-soluble, linear polyacrylamide polymers that were designed to be used in agriculture for erosion control, to improve water infiltration, for dust abatement, and to reduce crust formation.
Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers work by aggregating fine, suspended soil particles and settling them, thus maintaining soil pore space and infiltration capacity, resulting in soils that are less susceptible to raindrop and irrigation induced erosion. Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers improve water infiltration by up to 50% and enhance water distribution and infiltration. With the use of Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers one can reduce soil loss of nutrients, pesticides and herbicides in tail water runoff.
Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers are environmentally safe. They will naturally degrade with UV light and is biodegradable. A variety of these products have been approved by NSF International for potable water clarification. They have also been approved by the FDA under several 21CFR regulations that allow their use as both direct and indirect food additives. They are registered by thirty-seven individual state Departments of Agriculture. The USDA has been a strong advocate for polyacrylamide use. The NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) finalized the conservation practice standard for polyacrylamides as a BMP in July 2000. Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymer MSDS and TIB are available on www.Tramfloc.com.
Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers products are available in both granular and emulsion, that is liquid, forms. Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers should be applied for surface flood/furrow irrigation in either the granular or liquid forms: Tramfloc® 1038 is a granular product for patch application while Tramfloc® 1036 and 1037 are the liquid products.
We recommend that Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers be added to loose soil either after seeding or cultivation or after field work has been completed prior to rain or irrigation. Adding Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers to soil that has crusted from rain or irrigation will not be effective. Always add Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers to disrupted soil.
Tramfloc® 1038 Granular Soil Conditioning Polymer Application
Standard application rates for Tramfloc® 1038 Soil Conditioning Polymer varies from about 2-3#/acre or 1.5-4.0 kgs/hectare. Tramfloc® 1038 can be applied in a patch method by using a dispenser that can apply 0.5-1.0 oz. of dry polymer per 1000 linear feet of furrow just above the water source. We also provide Tramfloc® 1038 Soil Conditioning Polymer feeding equipment to maximize the cost effectiveness of the polymer application.
Tramfloc®1036 and 1037 Emulsion Soil Conditioning Polymers’ Application
To apply Tramfloc® 1036 or 1037 Soil Conditioning Polymers 300E, meter or drip it into irrigation water upstream where turbulence is greatest, allowing the product to mix thoroughly prior to the first furrow irrigated.
All Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers products should be added during the advance phase of irrigation or after any soil disturbance. Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers may also need reapplication when erosion conditions reappear (frequency may vary depending on soil and climate conditions). It should be noted that lower Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers dosages can be used when good soil erosion management is achieved.
We have suggested directions for application of Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers for sprinkler and drip irrigation systems. Tramfloc® 1036 and 1037 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers are best suited to these applications.
The normal application rate of Tramfloc® 1036 and 1037 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers, based on 0.25-0.50” per acre of irrigation water, is 1 pint to 1 gallon of Tramfloc® 1036 or 1037 Soil Conditioning Polymer per acre or 1.50L to 10L/hectare.
To apply either Tramfloc® 1036 or 1037 Soil Conditioning Polymers, meter the neat emulsion product into irrigation water upstream where turbulence is greatest, allowing the product to mix thoroughly prior to the first furrow irrigated. Discontinue product application when water reaches the end of the field. One should not charge neat product into irrigation water, as it will form gels. Insufficient turbulence will suppress product effectiveness.
To apply Tramfloc® 1036 or 1037 Soil Conditioning Polymer, inject the neat emulsion directly into the sprinkler irrigation system while the water is running by using a pump designed for low volume chemical injection. Back-flow prevention is strongly recommended to preclude plugging of polymer injection lines. We recommend that polymer tubing and piping be completely dry. Polymer solution lines should be flushed after delivering solution to the application point which will help keep lines free of polymer residue.
Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers can also be injected in drip irrigation systems to reduce biofilm accumulation in the lines, strengthen soil structure, and promote deeper water infiltration.
Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers can help to reduce sediment discharge to settling ponds which can reduce pond cleaning expenses. The polymers should not be over-fed.
Tramfloc® 1030 and 1040 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers
Please note that Tramfloc® 1040 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers are tablet forms of Tramfloc® 1036, 1037 and 1038. The tablets are used in very small applications with minimal or no labor or equipment resources. All product guidance for the granular and emulsion forms of the polymers applies equally to the tablet products.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q. Where have polyacrylamides been tested and by whom?
A. These products have been tested and researched by: the University of Georgia, University of Idaho Coop. Ext., Washington Department of Ecology, and the University of California Coop. Ext., USDA ARS scientists at Kimberly, Idaho.
- Q. How long does each application of Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymer last?
A. Each application will last for approximately 2 irrigation cycles or six weeks. Reapply Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymer if the soil is significantly disturbed or if runoff becomes cloudy. Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers will slowly degrade naturally by UV light and microbiological attack, leaving no chemical residue. Dosages should not exceed 10 ppm.
- Q. How are Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers stored?
A. Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymer in the dry form can be stored for up to 2 years in a dry area at a temperature of 32°F to 95°F. Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers in the emulsion form can be stored for up to 6 months for best results, but should not be stored in directly in the sunlight, extreme heat, or freezing temperatures.
- Q. Why must all irrigating water contain Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers?
A. Untreated water will immediately degrade the soil structure, greatly lowering the ability of Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers to reduce erosion or improve infiltration.
- Q. Why use Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers over other conservation practices for furrow irrigation?
A. Other conservation practices have been generally regarded as inconvenient to use during busy field operations. Not only can these practices be disruptive to desired furrow appearance, they also fail to capture the clay-sized solids. Tramfloc® 1030 Series Soil Conditioning Polymers is easily applied and flocculate all suspended solids. Once the equipment is set up, it takes just minutes to use.
- Q. Where have polyacrylamides been tested and by whom?
Limit of liability
These statements, including all descriptions of products and methods, test results and suggestions, are provided for determining the appropriate application of any products, method, or suggestions and for adoption of such precautions against damage. The information contained herein is not to be construed to constitute the permission, recommendation or encouragements of any use of application that may infringe any patents now or hereafter in existence. No warranty of merchantability or warranty of suitability of fitness for particular purposes is made by Tramfloc, Inc. No warrant, expressed or implied is made by Tramfloc, Inc. except as may be provided in the sales contract for the merchandise sold by Tramfloc, Inc.
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