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?
Gradual decline in soil structure has become a large concern for growers around the world.
Although overall agricultural yield is normally the top priority for commercial farms, it comes with a tradeoff in soil health. The high demands of the industry require that farms maintain high output, even in difficult ecological conditions.
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.
Independent research studies suggest that humic acid aids in phosphate uptake – the process by which plants absorb nutrients from soil.
The details of how and why this process takes place involve a lot of hard science, and the effects are still being tested throughout different growing environments.
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.
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.
Drilling Applications of Humic
You may never have thought that a powerful soil additive could be used in drilling applications, yet Black Earth, after a series of extensive studies, has proven this to be true.
As a drilling fluid additive, humic substances have a tendency to reduce fluid loss and improve the overall rheology of the mud as shown in uses involving deep well drilling. In laboratory testing, Humalite DH from Black Earth showed better results in lowering effective viscosity and filtrate rate versus standard mud lignite materials.