Soil Conditioners for Agriculture & Farming
As farming has intensified, the use of heavy machinery and pressures of timely harvesting has increased physical damage to soil. The soil’s natural structure is destroyed and continuous arable cropping has caused soil organic matter to be depleted. In turn the soil’s own mineral supplies have run down, leading to an increased reliance on chemical fertilisers. A vicious circle now exists that should be broken.
Continued application of chemicals has not been kind to soil flora and fauna, including beneficial organisms that provide plants with a natural armoury. Earthworms in particular help to maintain a good soil pore structure, encouraging aeration and drainage, and a good rooting medium. Sadly, there are many farming environments in which our friendly earthworms no longer survive.
We have now reached the point where farming can no longer rely on effective chemicals. Increased disease resistance and the long term effects of residue build up combined with tougher legislation regarding chemical use mean that farmers and growers have to look for alternative solutions. By putting the natural goodness back into soils, we can go a long way towards solving these modern dilemmas.
What are the on Farm benefits?
Improved soil condition and structure The water holding capacity is increased and the soil cation exchange capacity (CEC) is improved, leading to:
Higher yields Regular use of quality humic acids increases crop yields and quality. The effects are cumulative, as humic acids retain nutrients for slow, steady release throughout the growing season.
Increased nutrient efficiency Studies have shown that once a regular programme is in place, inputs can be reduced by up to 30% Restricted rooting is seen as a major limiting factor on crop yields and humic acids increase root depth and vigour which in turn increases nutrient uptake. Humic acids, through their unique chemical formulae, hold nutrients in the soil thereby reducing losses through leaching and volatilisation. In addition, the availability of important trace elements is also increased.
Improved disease resistance By encouraging microbial activity in the soil, a healthy root zone is maintained, which prevents penetration by parasites. Humic acids reduce plant stress and increase the efficacy of applied fungicides, pesticides and herbicides by immobilising their harmful residues.
Reduced water demand This is of particular value in areas of low rainfall and light, sandy soils. by adding organic matter to soils, humic acids bind water in the soil and reduce losses through drainage. Studies have shown that demand for water can be reduced by up to 50% and plant stress from drought is reduced.
Profitability By increasing yields, improving quality and reducing fertiliser inputs, the benefits of using Humintech products far exceed the costs. As an example, the average of yield of winter wheat has been stagnant for many years and these products offer an opportunity to change this.
Humic acids can be used as soil or foliar applications, seed treatments, or hydroponically in enclosed environments. Full soil analyses should be conducted before any product choices or recommendations are made. A site visit is always recommended and we offer competitive rates for soil testing to our clients.
Which Product is Best for Me?
Pow Humus (soil conditioner and growth stimulant)
100% water soluble granule This is the best product for generic use on the farm and can be mixed with slurry to increase silage and grass yields. Treatment before sowing of any spring or winter crops will ensure increased yields and crop vigour. A versatile product that can also be used as a seed treatment to increase germination rates.
BioHealth TH BS (suppressor of soil borne pathogens)
A humic acid with seaweed water soluble granule specially formulated with Trichoderma strains and Bacillus Subtilis. Ideal for field vegetable growers where soils are prone to nematode attacks. By treating soil prior to planting or using as a seed treatment, BioHealth TH BS protects your crops from pathogen attack. If a chemical pesticide has been used, then a minimum of ten days must pass before treatment. This is a prophylactic treatment only and will not cure already diseased crops.
Fulvital Plus (micro nutrient deficiency corrector)
A liquid fulvic acid with added trace elements. Fulvic acid is lighter than humic acid and therefore suitable for foliar application. This contains added iron, zinc, manganese and copper and provides benefits that conventional, synthetic trace element mixes do not (increased vitality, increased penetration of trace elements etc.). It can be used to correct soil deficiencies before planting or it can be used as a foliar spray on cereals and field vegetables. To avoid multiple spraying, it can be mixed with fungicides.
Humicraft Liquid (soil conditioner)
A liquid humic acid with added seaweed and amino acids, this is a good product for vegetable growers, especially in dry summers when crops are subject to stress.