Humates, Humic & Fulvic Acids
Real World Benefits of Humic Substances
We provide a wide variety of powdered and liquid humalite in our line of Black Earth products – the highest quality humus material found in North America and New Mexico.
Humates are now recognised as the single most productive input in sustainable agriculture. They consist of humic and fulvic acid along with the raw humates (prehistoric plant matter) from which these powerful natural acids are derived. Organic121 is a world leader in humate technology, having developed a product range which includes several humate options.Organic121 humates are obtained from a super-active leonardite source. Leonardite is generally recognised as the “champagne” of humates. Organic121 has achieved extraordinary quality while maintaining exceptional cost competitiveness. Its safe to say that Organic121 has the best quality product at the best price of any company in the world.
100% Genuine North American and New Mexico Humates
About 75 Million Years in the Making.
Organic121 Humates are Nature’s brilliant blend of organic, humic, fulvic acids and more. They’re used extensively to increase plant quality and production, and to improve and replenish depleted soils. Field trials prove that plants develop much stronger root systems and that length, density and root radius dramatically increase. Finally, through increased synthesis of chlorophyll, humates help accumulate solar energy, increasing cell energy balance. Natural processes result in an increase in the plant’s resistance to unfavorable stress factors, improved nitrogen assimilation and nutrient uptake, and help facilitate the synthesis of sugars, vitamins, and more.
We provide a wide variety of dry and liquid products made from humalite – the highest quality humus material in North America. All of Organic121 Black Humic agricultural products contain at least 90% humic acid…guaranteed.
All the formulations are organic
At Organic121 Scientific, we are committed to providing high performing, bio-based products that promote plant health and manage weeds, pests and plant diseases in a broad range of fruit, vegetable, grain, and nut crops as well as for turf and ornamentals.
Our commercial products include our line of soil timulation, growth enhancers, bio fertilizers, biofungicides, for control of plant diseases and promoting plant health, and our broad-spectrum
Growers will find crop solutions from Organic121 Scientific to be valuable, versatile tools that can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of integrated pest management (IPM) and integrated resistance management (IRM) programs—ultimately resulting in increased yields, superior crop quality and increased profitability.
NITROGEN vs. CARBON – NEW AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION
For decades the conventional thinking has been that applications of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers help enhance soil carbon levels by stimulating soil microbes to feed on organic matter from crop residues. New research indicates that, in fact, the opposite may be true.
A group of scientists at University of Illinois says that research from the Morrow Plots,
the oldest research plots in the country, is indicating a decline in soil carbon from the use
of synthetic N fertilization.
The Way it Works
Plant residues are left behind in crop production, and various tilling and residue management methods make use of that residue as a means of adding organic matter to the soil. What we have understood about synthetic N is that the soil microorganisms are stimulated by it as an additional food source, which causes these microbes to increase their activities in breaking down plant residues and adding to the humus/carbon content of the soil. What’s being discovered now, however, is alarming.
Soil microbes degrade plant residues and reduce their carbon content and nutritional
content into plant available forms and long-term fully degraded carbon, which is the
backbone for forming soil humus. The other result of this microbial activity is that when microbes feed on carbon in plant residues, and as their bodies die, they release the carbon as CO2. Volatilization of this rapid cycling carbon from plants may be the larger part of what happens in this process, so as high inputs of N stimulate the microbes to feed, eventually the organic matter disappears before it can be come humified. The pathway of humification is interrupted by removal and volatilization of carbon before it reaches the form of humus. “Over time, the impact of this enhanced microbial appetite outweighs the benefits of more crop residues” says Tom Philpott of Grist.org.
The last aspect of this carbon loss is explained by taking a look at carbon based organic acids in the soil: humin, humic acids and fulvic acids . Due to the acceleration of microbial oxidation of humin by N stimulation, these acids are reduced from the carbon-rich humin, to the less carbon-rich humic acids, and finally to fulvic acids, which have very little carbon content. This process is natural and healthy, but when the soil is lashed with excessive amounts of N, the process is accelerated dramatically, allowing less time for new carbon inputs (from residues) and proper humification of organic matter to occur.
The net effect of this is that soil carbon levels decline, making it even more difficult for soils to store nitrogen. As the ability of the soil to store nitrogen declines, more N inputs are needed. Soil tilth, water holding capacity and nutrient retention also suffer causing compaction and leaching of nutrients. The vicious cycle is born.
Three university of Illinois professors, Richard Mulvaney, Saaed Khan and Tim Ellsworth have been raising some eyebrows with new data that testifies to this. In two recent papers, “The Myth of Nitrogen Fertilization for Soil Carbon Sequestration” (Khan et al 2007) and “Synthetic Nitrogen Fertilizers Deplete Soil Nitrogen: A Global Dilemma for Sustainable Cereal Production” (R.L. Mulvaney et al 2009) the researchers show that the net effect of synthetic nitrogen use is to reduce soil carbon levels. The proposed mechanism is stimulation of soil microbes by nitrogen fertilizers, causing the microbes to consume excessive amounts of organic matter.
To make matters worse, inputs of synthetic N create tough competition for nitrogen-fixing bacteria populations like Rhizobium and Azospirillum. Adding synthetic N is highly stimulatory to microbes that feed on it. These microbes then outcompete the nitrogen-fixing bacteria, making N from the atmosphere even less accessible to the crop.
How important are the nitrogen-fixing bacteria? According to the A&L Agronomy Handbook “It is estimated that 35,000lbs of N are available over a single acre of land. In return for the supply of food and minerals they get from the plant, these (nitrogen-fixing) bacteria supply the plant with part of its nitrogen needs, generally not more than 50% to 75% of it”.
What to Do
We know that nitrogen inputs are important in crop and turf production, however we suggest that nitrogen inputs be managed much, much more carefully and recommend the use of humates to restore soil carbon in its most active form. Applications of humates will not only increase soil carbon levels, but will improve water retention, drainage, soil tilth and nutrient retention. Humates also provide a healthy substrate for beneficial soil microbes.
Research has shown that soils with less than 3% organic matter can lose 15% to 40% of N in a growing season. Anchoring nitrogen in the soil is part of the important job of soil carbon/humus, as N binds readily with carbon-based acids such as humic and fulvic.
This reduces the need for heavy, expensive inputs of N fertilizers. Moreover, the stimulation of symbiotic and free-living nitrogen-fixing bacteria by humic substances adds to availability of N from the atmosphere, supplying, in many cases, up to 75% of a crop’s needs.
By applying humates to soils where synthetic N and other fertilizers are used, we can restore soil carbon levels, balance the ratio of carbon to nitrogen and break the vicious cycle we have created in most conventional production soils. Humates are a direct input of soil organic matter, providing the most important aspect of a healthy, productive soil.
Joel C. Reid Mesa Verde Resources S. A. Khan*, R. L. Mulvaney, T. R. Ellsworth and C. W. Boast, 2007, “The Myth of Nitrogen Fertilization for Soil Carbon Sequestration” Published in J Environ Qual 36:1821-1832 (2007).
R. L. Mulvaney*, S. A. Khan and T. R. Ellsworth, 2009, “Synthetic Nitrogen Fertilizers Deplete Soil
Nitrogen: A Global Dilemma for Sustainable Cereal Production” Published in J Environ Qual 38:2295-
Tom Philpott, 2010, “New Research: Synthetic Nitrogen Destroys Soil Carbon, Undermines Soil Health”
MINING AND PROCESSING HUMATES
The mining process is simple and consists of removing the overburden with bulldozers. Front end loaders then mine the humate, which is then trucked to our processing plant for crushing, screening or pulverizing into finished products. The processing is designed strictly to provide our high-quality humates in the particle size desired by the customer. At no time are any foreign materials or chemicals added. The humates you receive are in their natural state, reduced to convenient particle sizes for your application. Testing for humic acid content is made every 12 linear feet of the deposit and every day at the processing plant. This assures a quality product with the minimum humic acid quantities.
Granular Humate products are shipped in bulk, or packaged in 1-ton mini-bulk bags or 50 lb. bags. or sent in loose bulk shipments depending upon the finished product and requirements of our customers. Available bagging is listed on each product page. Private labeling is available upon request.
We ship our products to a large variety of customers in both the United States and overseas. We will work with your company in providing shipping quotations for both domestic and international destinations.
Looking for your own humate and fertilizer blend?
Organic121 offers custom blending to any specification provided by our customers. Please contact us for pricing and availability.