Black Earth is pleased to announce a new Research Director for Product & Market Development: Dr. William Jiang.
Dr. Jiang has spent his entire career advancing the state-of-knowledge regarding soil fertility across a range of roles and markets. He began with a Ph.D. in Crop Nutrition from the prestigious China Academy of Agricultural Sciences, where his dissertation explored the spatial and temporal variations of soil micronutrients. Dr. Jiang then went on to lead a major global Joint Venture’s specialty product development for the China market. Since then Dr. Jiang has continued to pioneer the development of precision agriculture solutions for leading agricultural companies such as Cargill, Mosaic, Simplot, and G-Mac.
What are the differences and how do they work together?
To begin we need to first understand the difference between humalite and leonardite. Both are referred to as ‘Humate’ products, and both comprised of similar materials. They are great sources of humic and fulvic acid, but per volume Humalite holds more of the active ingredients (Humic and Fulvic Acids), less of the undesirables such as ash and heavy metals, and is more easily extracted.
Over the past decade and a half, there has been a revolutionary shift in how soil scientists are approaching their discipline, particularly with respect to soil fertility for row crops. While the details of their hypotheses are still in flux, the broad strokes are clearly in place.
Are your plants lacking nutrients? Does the water just sit on the surface of the soil?
There could be an assortment of causes, such as weather conditions, over use of fertilizer, and heavy vehicle traffic to name a few. A liquid blend of humic and fulvic acids might be the perfect thing to help your plants survive through these conditions.
Walking through the fields, it is clear to see that the summer is starting to take its toll. Kicking up dust as you trod through the crop for an inspection. For some farmers, this is a normal thing and they see it year after year. But does it need to be?
Humalite For Drilling Fluid
Humalite is a naturally oxidized coal-like material that is similar to leonardite and lignite, but features a higher humidified organic matter as well as significantly lower residuals.
Everyone in agriculture knows: water matters.
When the subject of humic material and water retention comes up, it often leads to a lot of discussions about opening up plant cell membranes, making it easier for fluids to pass and hold.
"Humic substance" is a term used to describe all humic products that container a degree of humic and fulvic acids.
It can be used as an alternative to names such as humates, humalite, leonardite, humic material or humic acids. The active ingredients within these materials are humic and fulvic acids which come in a range of molecular sizes. They all have slightly different functions within the soil and plant and are all vital for a healthy, biological soil.
Would you be surprised to know that humic material can aid plant growth through phosphate uptake? Would you care?
Although the majority of professional growers and agricultural professionals we work with at Black Earth couldn't explain the role of phosphorus in photosynthesis, and don't think about phosphate uptake that often, they can certainly appreciate the results.
Many of the world's farms and agricultural production centers are currently struggling to maintain peak output.
Farmers are finding their yields threatened by factors ranging from the overuse of land to soil toxicity and even deteriorating soil structure. As a result, more and more businesses are becoming interested in the way humic acid can be utilized to increase yields and produce stronger crops year after year.