Our products significantly improve the fertilizer programs they’re added to, leading to increased revenue and sustainability for growers.
We didn’t invent Humic, we just perfected it. Utilizing a wet chemistry alkali extraction process we activate the humic substances. Our Humic Acid is made by combining the highest quality with mineral rich extractant .
What exactly are humic acids?
Humic acids are fully decomposed remains of organic life. They’re long-chain molecules that are high in weight and dark brown in color. They are not a single acid. Rather, “humic acid” is a broad term that refers to a complex mixture of many different acids that are soluble in alkaline solutions. They exist naturally as part of nature’s life cycle in soils, oceans, and streams.
How do they form?
When plants and animals die, their molecules become available in soil for use by other organisms. Bacteria, fungi, protozoa, earthworms, and even insects consume the fresh material. After long periods of time, when the decaying matter has been eaten and transformed through several cycles, what remains is a sturdy material that resists further decomposition, called humus. (This process is referred to as “humification”.) Humus is a general term that refers to highly complex, stable compounds that are resistant to further decomposition. And humus consists of three components–humic acids, fulvic acids, and humin. Humic and fulvic acids have proven invaluable for healthy soil environments, particularly for their contributions to soil structure and the transfer of nutrients between the soil and plants.
Where do humic acid products come from?
Humic acid products come from a wide variety of sources. The richest products come from ancient deposits that formed when plants and animals died in wetland environments. Over time, these massive beds of decaying material were covered by sand and rock formations, and they were compressed into even richer deposits. Some deposits were then uplifted, and oxygen was reintroduced to the material, which significantly aids the formation of humic acids. These uplifted deposits are mined near the surface and are often referred to as “lignite” or “Leonardites”. This is where most humic acid products come from today.
Why do I need to add humic acid to my soil?
Unfortunately, many human activities have degraded and polluted soils, lessening the soil ecosystems (organic matter) and making some soils harmful to our environment and human health. Erosion is among the greatest causes of soil degradation, as essential topsoil is lost at rates far greater than it can be replaced. The continual application of inorganic fertilizers, combined with annual ploughing, can deplete the humus content of soils. To restore soil, organic matter must be replaced. And the eroded humus must be replaced from an outside source, because it takes so many years to develop naturally. Without a healthy amount of humus, the biological activity of the soil, and the plants that depend on it, is dramatically reduced. Healthy soils have organic matter in the 2-6% range. But many farming environments utilize soil with much lower levels of organic matter.
Many Mechanism of humic acid action
Humic acids work best in the soil, where they readily unlock nutrients and bind to them, making them available for uptake into plants. And they chelate toxic metals, preventing harmful material from entering the plant.
Also, when foliar applications, humic acid increases the cell wall permeability of plants, which in turn increases the uptake of nutrients. Of today’s soils have been degraded by over-farming and the use of inorganic fertilizers.
What are the benefits of humic acid?
Throughout history, farmers have used humic acid to generate healthier plants and a higher crop yield. Today, humic acids are even more essential than ever, for the reasons mentioned above. Here are just a few of the many benefits of humic acid.
- Increases nutrient uptake
• Increases water-holding capacity in soil
• Improves the overall soil structure.
• Stimulates microbial activity
• Regulates the pH-value of soils.
• Chelates toxins from the soil.
• Helps to eliminate iron chlorosis by increasing iron uptake
• Improves overall plant health, helping plants better resist predators and disease
• Stimulates root growth, which increases crop volume
• Increases germination
Increased Water Retention
Humic acids have the very unique ability to increase water retention in soils. In the world’s changing climate, this is becoming more important as ecosystems become strained. It’s also vital for sandy, arid, and low-clay soils.
How does it happen? The negative charge of humic acids attracts positive ions, or cations, which stick to the humic molecule. These cations, in the presence of water molecules, move slightly away from the humic molecule and attach loosely to the oxygen end of water molecules. The hydrogen ends of those water molecules then attach to the hydrogen ends of other water molecules. This effect reduces water evaporation by up to 30%.
Better Overall Soil Structure
Although humic acid has a net negative charge, it carries both positive and negative charges. And it has a very large molecular size. Because of these properties, humic acids can bond to all soil particles, which creates necessary space for microbes and healthy root growth. This is especially noticeable in high-clay and compacted soils, where soil particles are bound tightly together. Humic molecules are even capable of standing clay particles on end, which allows more space and water penetration. Further, they remove salts from clay, which restores a negative charge from the clay particles, forcing them apart.
One of the major benefits of using HUMICA Liquid (extracted/activated Humic Acid) is that its application and utilization by soil and plants can be predicted much more accurately than raw Leonardites or other raw humate products. It is nearly impossible to predict if, how, or when the humic acids from raw Leonardites will ever be released or utilized by the plants and soil. With HUMICA Liquid, the usage rates can be narrowed down to within small margins and the overall response to crops can be achieved with only 1/100 of the typically used rate of Leonardites or other raw humic substances.
It is also important to note that HUMICA is a soil stimulant and a transportation vehicle for carrying nutrients into plants. Once connected to the humic acid molecule, nutrients are carried into a plant in available forms that help intensify the plant’s metabolism and stimulate the soil’s natural activities.
HUMICA Liquid improves the efficiency in which plants utilize nutrients from the soil. In return, this enables a reduction in the amount of fertilizer historically required to maintain optimal plant growth. Obviously, this provides enormous economic and ecological value to growers wishing to reduce their fertilizer input costs and/or reduce the potential side-effects of heavy chemical fertilizers usage.
HUMICA LIQUID is a complex of humic and fulvic acids derived from Leonarditis.
HUMICA LIQUID increases the ability to fix and use nitrogen in the soil. Its balance between humic and fulvic acids increases the ability to exchange cationic (CIC or CEC), which facilitates the release of nutrients.
HUMICA LIQUID improves the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the soil. It optimizes root development, allowing better use of available resources. It regulates the pH of the soil, thus facilitating the absorption of nutrients. HUMICA LIQUID provides a high yield and a quality harvest.
- Improved soil structure (aeration, water retention capacity).
- Increase in the CEC.
- Natural chelateant by avoiding the blockage of nutrients and facilitate their assimilation by plants.
- Regulation of the pH of alkaline and acidic soils.
- Stimulating the enzymatic activity of plants.
- The development of microorganisms in the soil.
What are the Benefits of Humic Acid?
Humic acid has a ton of noticeable benefits to plants and trees. These lucrative benefits include:
- Humic acid increases the uptake of nutrients in the soil.
- Humic acid boosts drought intolerance.
- Humic acid improves seed germination.
- Humic acid leads to an increase in microbial activity in the soil and is a brilliant root stimulator.
- Humic acid results in more availability of nutrients existing in the soil and fertilizers.
As you can see, there are a variety of benefits of humic acid. It can help aerate the soil, making it ideal for maximum tree growth. Lastly, humic acid can reduce the pH level of the soil and flush salts out of the roots, all of which resulting in optimal tree growth.