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.
Experts nearly universally agree that it does make crops stronger, healthier, and more resilient.
They do have a few different theories as to why some humic materials are more effective than others.
Humic acid helps growers of all sizes from root to leaf.
By now, you probably already know that humic material – which primarily comes from organic plant decay – can, among many other benefits, help to hold water, promote microbial activity and increase nutrient uptake as well as ameliorate soil salinity. In fact, it’s quickly becoming a popular tool for enhancing plant growth in private gardens as well as larger agricultural operations.
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.
A Better Soil Additive
Your soil condition will affect much in your choice of soil additives, as you’ll need to understand this prior to choosing the right product. Once you’re armed with a better idea of your soil’s condition, you’re halfway there to getting the issue under control.
Though a lot of soil additives claim to be the best of the best, when it comes to managing the quality and upkeep of your soil, Black Earth actually delivers, standing behind our claims 100%.
Effects of Humic Substance on Soil Structure
Humic substances, including Black Earth’s Humalite and Leonardite, are naturally occurring materials that are enriched in humic, fulvic and other organic acids.
Their major uses are as a soil amendment in agriculture and reclamation, as a drilling fluid additives and in municipal wastewater treatment applications (1,3). Soil structure is the arrangement of soil particles into secondary units called aggregates. Soil aggregates are cemented clusters of sand, silt, and clay particles.
How is Humalite Used?
Humalite is a weathered form of Sub-bitumous coal that is high in Humic and Fulvic Acid - acids that are essential to all living things. Humalite is found only in Alberta, and used exculsively for Black Earth Products.
Humalite can be incorporated into many areas of your agricultural operations. From adding humates to your fertilizer inputs, to direct application for improving soil structure, to high-powered additives for foliar applications, there is a use for them everywhere.
Welcoming a New Member to Black Earth
With a new year at Black Earth upon us, the crew is happy to announce that we are welcoming a new member to our team!
We have Mr. Tesfay Teklay joining us as our Scientific Research Lead.
A Guide to Humic Material
When it comes to introducing farmers to Black Earth and humic material in general, there are usually three things they need to understand: what humic matter is, why it works so well as a soil additive, and what the differences between different brands are.
In other words, we want them to be able to spot great humic material when they see it.
Better returns and a better environment.
As a farmer or horticulturalist looking to improve the quality of your crops, one of your main concerns may very well be that the soil additive you choose is beneficial to the environment.
Using products that are made only from organic materials will be one of the most important elements to your search.