Decades, and in some cases centuries, of high input farming has put pressure on our soils to release all of their nutrients into our crops.
This has left us with very low organic matter, heavy salt content, low microbial activity, and our lands struggling to meet the demands of the world.
To combat this, farmers are now in a scenario where they must rebuild their soils to counteract the implications of past and present farming practices. So how do we rebuild and revitalize our soils?
What will renew our focus on soil health as opposed to an input focused industry?
Humates play a significant role in rebuilding our farmlands and creating a farming system that will last the test of time. Annual applications of raw humates are the best way to rebuild your soils organic matter, increase CEC, and to feed microbes and other good bacteria and fungi.
Humic material derived from sub-bituminous coal has the highest level of humic and fulvic acids that will regenerate the natural balance in your soils. It is a 100% natural source of organic matter and over a duration of 3-5 years can turn your land back into the fruitful land it once was. Undertaking such a task is not a one year project that will be accomplished with application rates like 50-100lbs/acre. The real results come with annual applications of 200-1000lbs/acre, depending on the severity of the situation.
Eye-Opening Crop Results in Difficult Conditions
Farmers who have followed these recommendations are reaping the rewards, especially when the weather patterns are not optimal. The photo shown above is from one of our farmers in Illinois. He has been applying 200lbs/acre of Black Earth Mini-Granules and 1 gallon/acre of Black Earth Organo Hume on this land for only two years. To the left is our farmer’s field; to the right is his neighbor. The photo was taken in August of 2012 which was a year of severe drought and heavy winds. The two crops shown are adjoining farms that was previously a single farming operation, so the farming history, soil type and climatic conditions are identical; the single difference is the humates! What resulted from his humic applications was a 70 bushel difference, 110 bushels to 40 bushels respectively. The results are as plain as day.
What does it take?
For every 1% you lift your SOM, you are increasing your soils capacity to retain moisture by 10,000 gallons/acre. Furthermore, lifting your CEC increases your soils capacity to hold nutrients so that the next time you apply your fertilizer it won’t be leached straight through to the waterways. A gentleman recently described it to me in this manner: “When you fill your vehicles fuel tank, you don’t keep filling it once it starts overflowing, do you? So, you either increase the size of your fuel tank or drive your vehicle until you have more room to fill it.” So this means that if you need a certain level of nutrients for your plant to grow and achieve optimal yields, you either need to do low, regular applications during the growing period or you increase the capacity of your soil to hold the required nutrients. As a result, the most cost effective way to supply your plant with all of the nutrients it requires is to increase the holding capacity of your soil and reduce leaching (overflow) and eliminate the need for multiple passes.
So when your agronomist comes to visit and tells you that 40-50lbs of humates will be sufficient, and that one source of humates is no different from another, what are you going to tell them? Are you just going to oblige them and say ‘yes sir’? Or are you going to show them this picture and say ‘No, I need the best source of humics and at an application rate that is really going to make a difference’? I know what I would do….
Contact us today at Sales@blackearth.com to help you find the best Humate solution to revitalize your tired soils