Monday, March 23, 2015
plant nutrition. Plants grown on soils which contain adequate humin, humic adds (HAs), and
fulvic adds (FAs) are less subject to stress, are healthier, produce higher yields; and the
nutritional quality of harvested foods and feeds are superior. The value of humic substances in
soil fertility and plant nutrition relates to the many functions these complex organic compounds
perform as a part of the life cycle on earth. The life death cycle involves a recycling of the
carbon containing structural components of plants and animals through the soil and air and
back into the living plant.
Man became distracted from the importance of organic compound cycling when it was
discovered that soluble acidic based N P K "fertilizers" could stimulate plant growth. Large
industrial concerns took advantage of the N P K discovery to market industrially processed
"fertilizers" from mineral deposit. Continued use of these acidic fertilizers in the absence of
adequate humic substances (in the soil) has caused many serious sociological and ecological
problems. Man needs to reconsider his approach to fertilization techniques by giving higher
priority to soil humus.
The urgency to emphasize the importance of humic substances and their value as fertilizer
ingredients has never been more important than it is today. All those concerned about the
ability of soils to support plant growth need to assist in educating the public. Humic substances
are recognized by most soil scientists and agronomists as the most important component of a
healthy fertile soil. To illustrate how humic substances function, the following summary, based
on published scientific data, has been prepared as a guide for an educational program. In
addition, by understanding how these carbon containing substances function, professionals will
have a solid foundation on which to design environmentally acceptable sustainable agriculture
My friend Leon Bird wants me to apply his humic acid product on my crops this year. I am not sure I can get this done but I would like to.
There are so many products available farmers are wary of them and mnay consider them uneeded or even "snake oil." You know how I hate the term "snake oil" because all of those products probably have a place, they are not understood and often misplaced. Just like the second paragraph where it says "man became distracted" and forgot about basic biology for then cheaper NPK fertilizers.
About all of the contest winners use humic acid as well as a lot of other "snake oils" but they understand enough to tweek their yields. I heard an interview with the corn champ in Georgia and was impressed with his take on all of these things. It made sense.
The economics of 2015 has farmers turn back to the basics. What are your basics? Removal rates of NPK fertilizer? Are you still going to try some other things that interest you or has worked for you in the past?