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.
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.
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.
Black Earth has been very fortunate to gain a business partner and friend in southern Illinois, Mike Shotts-Top Shot Ag.
Mike is a small business owner, farmer and family man who heard about the benefits of humates only a short time ago.
With his in-depth knowledge in local agriculture and passion for improving the lives of others, he decided that he could benefit his community of growers, and himself, by adopting a farming program that will maximize yields and move towards more sustainable farming practices.
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%.
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.
The Downhole Applications of Humic
While Black Earth is known as an agricultural additive, many aren't aware that it can be applied to drilling muds, therefore increasing its efficiency.
As a drilling fluid additive, humic substances are known to help improve mud rheology and help reduce water loss, with the best results being performed under high temperatures and pressure. For the most part, drilling fluid additive compositions are used in conjunction with synthetic, oil based, and/or water based fluids.
Taking Care of our Customers
At Black Earth, we are committed to ensuring our customers are taken care of. Our team is dedicated to being open, responsive, and quick in our replies.
If you don't find the answers on our website, we are available any time to answer all your questions about humates, whether you need answers about mixing and application rates, to quality control, or pricing, we are here to meet your needs. Take it from one of our customers: