Knowing When Humic Material Can Help With Water Retention in Soil

Posted by Brett Halliday

Mar 27, 2014 5:00:00 AM

Farms and agricultural operations are looking for ways to keep soil well aggregated and moist.

Although there are a lot of reasons to consider Black Earth as a soil additive for your farm – including better root growth, stronger crops, and more resistance to disease – the water retention benefits that come with the right humic material have been a particularly hot topic lately.

Do you know when to use humic material for improved water retention?

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Here are some of the more common applications:

On sandy pieces of land.

Because humic material can help soil retain more water and stay more optimally packed, preliminary studies show that it might be the perfect additive when sandy growing conditions are present.

When very high clay content is present in the soil.

Likewise, pieces of land with undesirably high clay content can often be improved through the use of humic material, which helps plants to absorb nutrients more efficiently and encourages microbial activity that leads to plant growth and buildup of organic matter.

On fields that have been over-farmed or become depleted.

When soil has become over-farmed or improperly replenished, humic material can help plants pull nutrients from fertilizer additives, as well as natural organic matter that's already present within the soil.

It's important to note that not only can Black Earth humic material possibly help make these types of soil more viable, but also has the potential to reduce toxicity and salinization at the same time. In fact, numerous studies have shown that humic acid and related chemicals found in humic material can help reverse certain types of environmental damage, and increase yields on previously disturbed or contaminated lands.

To learn more, or see how our products can help you improve agricultural yields across the board, check out the results of our research for yourself.

Applied Research

Topics: water retention, organic matter, humic matter, microbial activity