How Does Humic Material Help Increase Soil Organic Matter?

Posted by Brett Halliday

Apr 10, 2014 5:00:00 AM

It has long been known and accepted that humic material can help soil organic matter increase and this is largly due to its primary substance being humified organic carbon.

Occasionally, though, we, come across new customers who want to know how this process happens.

Unfortunately, there isn't any easy or straightforward answer we can give them. The fact of the matter is that lots of studies have shown that humic products, like the ones we sell at Black Earth, can do great things for commercial crops. But when it comes to the specifics, a lot of very complex chemistry is involved.


To help you understand a little bit more about how humic material helps organic matter levels in your soil, here are a few things you should know:

Humic materials are formed over millions of years.

In the same way that leaves and other materials left in the yard, or a forest, will decompose over time, larger amounts of plant and animal life have the potential to form humic material over a period of millions of years, given the right conditions.

Humic material isn't new as an enhancement for agriculture.

In fact, a number of different civilizations in Europe and South America are known or suspected to have been using humic substances to help their crops grow more effectively for over a century.

The benefits of increased microbial activity also speed up the decomposition process.

Humic substances increase soil organic matter in multiple ways. One of the more visible methods is shown by the rapid decomposition plant residue. This results from the stimulated microbes feeding on plant matter and turning that into nutrition organic matter for your crops.

Humic material aids virtually any type of soil.

From marginal soils to those with depleted nutrients, adding humic material can help with things like soil structure, buildup of soil organic matter, efficient use of applied nutrients (fertilizers) and alleviation of salinity to make it more fertile.

Not all humic material has the same composition or concentration.

In other words, it matters quite a bit where you get your humic material from, and then how you apply it to your crops.

If you're ready to find out more about humic material, or to see how we can boost your agricultural yield, talk to a member of the Black Earth today.

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