Huma Gro® Turf Amendments Reduce Nitrogen and Phosphorus Leaching

Summary

This research report demonstrates the effect of HUMA GRO® TURF products X-TEND®, FERTIL HUMUS®, MULTI-PURPOSE™, and ZAP® in the reduction of nitrogen and phosphorus leaching in fine sand soils.

The leaching of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers presents an on-going problem in Florida soils. Agricultural amendments that reduce leaching when applied to soils or when mixed with nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers present a potential solution to this problem. Retaining a greater amount of nutrient in the crop root zone is economically beneficial to the grower. Four Huma Gro® Turf amendments were applied to Immokalee fine sand soil to evaluate their respective effect on nutrient leaching and increasing nutrient levels in crop root zones.

In simulated irrigations, nitrogen and phosphorus and Huma Gro® Turf amendments were applied to columns of soil, with the leachate being drained away. A total of 15.5 inches water was applied over 60 days, after which the soil columns were analyzed for nitrate nitrogen and phosphate.

Results

The combinations of fertilizer plus the Huma Gro® Turf amendments lost only 15.6% of the nitrogen and 15.0% of the phosphate. The control lost 40.6% of the nitrogen and 35.6% of the phosphate. In the top 18″ of soil, the combination of fertilizer plus the Huma Gro® Turf amendments resulted in an increased nitrogen level of 76.1% and an increased phosphate level of 31.2% compared to the control.

Percent Increase of N & P Over the Control in Top 18″ Soil

% Increase vs Control Nitrogen Phosphate
Fertilizer
+ Huma Gro®
76.1% 31.2%

Percent Loss of Nitrogen & Phosphate in 36″ Soil Profiles

Nitrogen % Loss Phosphate % Loss
Fertilizer
+ Huma Gro®
15.6% 15.0%
Control 40.6% 35.6%

 

Fertilizer complexed with Huma Gro® Turf amendments to the soil significantly reduced leaching. With Huma Gro® Turf amendments, more nitrogen and phosphate remained in the top 18″ of soil.

Product Summary

FERTIL HUMUS® (24-0-0 + Fe, Zn, Mn) complexed with our proprietary Micro Carbon Technology®* (MCT) contains the nutrients necessary to feed beneficial fungal activity in the soil and to increase carbon and nutrient availability in the root zone. FERTIL HUMUS® enhances aerobic decomposition of organic matter and builds a humus-rich soil, which releases nutrients tied up in organic matter. FERTIL HUMUS® also helps buffer the plant from the effects of heavy metals and toxic substances in the soil.

MULTI-PURPOSE™ (5-0-0 + Fe,Zn,Mn) with our proprietary MCT* base, improves soil structure and feeds the beneficial bacteria activity in the soil. This balances the carbon-oxygen ratio, creating a carbon-rich soil that allows the soil and rhizosphere interface to be more active.

X-TEND®  (6-2-0) is a concentrated MCT* product with high levels of organic acids and nutrients. X-TEND® is formulated to be blended in liquid fertilizers or to be impregnated onto dry fertilizers, which extends the effectiveness of the fertilizer or fertilizer solutions.

ZAP® (8-0-0 + Fe,Zn,Mn,S) complexed with MCT* is an organic–based formulation of nutrients for feeding the native beneficial soil biological balance. ZAP® feeds a strong, vigorous soil biology which indirectly results in the natural improvement of soil health.

* Huma Gro®  Turf products with Micro Carbon Technology® rapidly deliver essential nutrition to crops for optimal growth, fruiting, and vigor. The results are higher quality harvests, increased crop yields, and maximum profit.

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SUPER PHOS® Increases Bermuda Grass Shoot Biomass

Bermuda grass greenhouse pictureSummary

The effects of Huma Gro® Turf SUPER PHOS® were compared with competitive phosphorus fertilizers on the shoot biomass of Bermuda grass, a common warm-season turf grass species.

Bermuda grasses were grown in Hoagland solution prepared without phosphorus or nitrogen. The treatments, replicated four times, consisted of the following fertilizers at 10% and 25% phosphorus:

SP:  Huma Gro® SUPER PHOS® solution (0-50-0)

AP: Ammonium polyphosphate solution (10-34-0)

MAP: Monoammonium phosphate granular (11-52-0)

TSP: Triple superphosphategranular (0-45-0)

Control: Untreated control

Nitrogen was added to SP and TSP to ensure a uniform amount of nitrogen throughout the treatments. Grasses were grown for approximately two months and shoots were harvested weekly. Fresh and dry weights were measured and recorded over eight weeks.

Results

Bermuda Shoot Fresh and Dry Weights at 10% and 25% Phosphorus

Huma Gro® Turf SUPER PHOS® contributed to a higher Bermuda grass shoot biomass than the competitive products at the same reduced rate of applied phosphorus. The beneficial effect on shoot fresh and dry weights was classified as follows: SP> TSP > MAP > AP > control.

Product Summary

SUPER PHOS® (0-50-0) complexed with Micro Carbon Technology®* can be applied by foliar application, according to label directions, without the risk of phytotoxicity and keeps phosphate available and soluble in the soil solution for rapid uptake by plant roots without being blocked by clays, metal ions, or organic matter. Phosphate encourages the production of amino acids, proteins, and carbohydrates necessary for cellular division.

* Huma Gro® Turf products with Micro Carbon Technology® rapidly deliver essential nutrition to crops for optimal growth, fruiting, and vigor. The results are higher quality harvests, increased crop yields, and maximum profit.

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Research Report: FERTIL HUMUS® Soil Amendment Trial for Water Infiltration

Summary

The following research report compares increased moisture infiltration with the use of FERTIL HUMUS® at different rates and timings. It was conducted in the southern portion of the Columbia Basin in Washington State. The field, which had sandy loam soil, was pivot-irrigated as a broadcast spray, incorporated. All treatments were replicated four times in a complete randomized-block plot design. The time it took for a measured acre-inch of water to penetrate into the soil was recorded for each replication in each treatment. The times for each replication were averaged so that the influence of the treatments could be compared.

Results

Chart of average time for water infiltration

  • Trt 1: 1 pint/acre FERTIL HUMUS
  • Trt 2: 2 pint/acre FERTIL HUMUS®
  • Trt 3: 4 pint/acre FERTIL HUMUS®
  • Trt 4: 2 pint/acre FERTIL HUMUS®, followed 2 weeks later by another 2 pints/acre
  • Trt 5: The Grower Standard Treatment (Untreated Check)

Conclusion

Application of FERTIL HUMUS® reduces the amount of time required for water to enter the soil surface, which is beneficial in terms of reducing the risk of soil erosion, fertility movement, and evaporation loss. It also aids soil aeration and moisture uniformity within the field.

Product Summary

FERTIL HUMUS® (24-0-0 + Fe, Zn, Mn) is a unique blend of nutrition and enzymes with our proprietary Micro Carbon Technology®* base. It has been developed to deliver the nutrients necessary to feed beneficial fungal activity in the soil and increase carbon and nutrient availability in the root zone. FERTIL HUMUS® enhances aerobic decomposition of organic matter and builds a humus-rich soil, which releases nutrients tied up in organic matter and improves soil condition. It also helps buffer the plant from the effects of heavy metals and toxic substances in the soil.

Benefits of use:

  • Aids in the decomposition of organic residues in soils
  • Increases recycling of nutrients tied up in organic matter
  • Helps to buffer harsh chemicals and degrade toxic compounds in soil
  • Increases soil water retention
  • Stimulates root growth

Apply Fertil Humus® where there is:

  • Poor or imbalanced soil biology.
  • Slow breakdown of organic matter.
  • Sandy soil needing stabilization by humus formation.
  • Poor water penetration or retention.
  • Chemical or toxic compound residues in the soil.

* Huma Gro® Turf products with Micro Carbon Technology® rapidly deliver essential nutrition to crops for optimal growth, fruiting, and vigor. The results are higher quality harvests, increased crop yields, and maximum profit.

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BHN Welcomes Rich Lamar to the Humic Research Team

Richard LamarOn May 1, 2019, Dr. Richard Lamar joined Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN) as Senior Director of Humic Research. He brings a tremendous amount of skills, experience, and knowledge of humic substances to BHN.

Dr. Lamar has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Miami, a M.S. in Forestry from Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. in Forestry from North Carolina State University, with minors in Chemistry, Plant Physiology, and Soils, respectively. He has many years’ experience as a scientist, and 22 years’ research experience in the biosolids and humic industries, including as a Research Director for the EarthFax Development Corporation. Dr. Lamar has collaborated on more than 50 publications and 3 patents for bioremediation methods and methods for quantitation of humic substances.

BHN Chief Executive Officer Lyndon Smith commented, “We are pleased to have Dr. Lamar leading the Humic Research Team for Bio Huma Netics’product lines. Along with extensive experience in soil bioremediation and pollution treatment technologies, he has in-depth knowledge of soil microbiology and an excellent understanding of humic and fulvic chemistry. In addition, Rich displays the professionalism and integrity that we value at BHN. With his background in agricultural and soil sciences, he will be an invaluable addition to our Research Team.”

The Bio Huma Netics crop nutrition and protection lines include more than 15 humic and fulvic acid products for restoring and enhancing soil fertility, and more than 150 products in the categories of macronutrients, micronutrients, soil fertility, growth managers, organic acids, and crop protection—all based on our proprietary Micro Carbon Technology®nutrient carrier that enables growers to accomplish more with less product.

About Bio Huma Netics, Inc.

Founded in 1973, Bio Huma Netics, Inc., (BHN) is a three-generation family- and employee-owned company that is a global leader in providing sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental challenges for conventional agriculture (HUMA GRO®, MESA VERDE HUMATES®); organic agriculture (FERTILGOLD®ORGANICS); horticulture, turf & ornamentals (HUMA GRO®TURF); and soil & wastewater remediation (PROBIOTIC SOLUTIONS®) all based on its proprietary Micro Carbon Technology®. Learn more at www.bhn.us.

Why is Micro Carbon Technology® Quicker, Better, More Powerful? Because it’s Smaller.

Michael Gardner PortraitBy Michael Gardner, Senior Director of Huma Gro® Turf Sales at Bio Huma Netics, Inc.

[NOTE: This article first appeared in the November 2018 issue of Tee Times Golf Guide Magazine.]

In a time where everything is getting bigger, stronger, and faster, smaller can be better.

Is Bigger Better?

Pickup trucks are bigger with huge tires and lift kits. Small companies are absorbed into big companies; big companies are getting even bigger. Athletes are growing bigger, stronger, faster. Even golfers are bigger, stronger, hitting the ball further than ever. And yet . . . .

Smaller Is Quickly Absorbed.

If you watch TV commercials, you’ll notice that smaller can sometimes be powerful. An aspirin company claims smaller aspirin particles quickly relieve pain. A topical for sore muscles claims small particles in the lotion are absorbed quickly, also relieving pain quickly. Even small bits of candy pack a big burst of flavor. Mobile technology makes my cell phone more powerful than my old desktop computer. The same holds true with turf and soil.

Micro Carbon Technology® (MCT) is Smaller.

Just like the aspirin and lotion, Huma Gro® Turf uses small particles to activate soil microbiology and quickly absorb nutrients into the plant. Huma Gro® Turf products do this with Micro Carbon Technology® (MCT). MCT is a very small carbon molecule that is a fraction of the size of humic or fulvic or acid molecules. It’s a simple concept: the smaller the molecule, the more active that molecule. The more active the molecule, the more that molecule can accomplish.

MCT is a Nutrient Carrier.

MCT is a carbon- and oxygen-rich organic molecule that moves nutrients into the plant through the soil and/or leaves. In this situation, nutrients attach to the carbon, which acts as a carrier to transport the nutrients into the plant through the leaf in a foliar application or through the root system in a soil application.

MCT Protects Nutrients.

MCT protects the nutrient molecule as it is transported into the plant. This protection reduces phytotoxicity in foliar application. Nutrients immediately penetrate the leaf. In a soil application, nutrients are freely taken up by the root system without being tied up in the soil. Nutrient deficiencies are quickly reversed.

MCT Stimulates Microbes.

Soil health is key to healthy turf. Not only is soil fertility important to soil health, but a diverse and healthy soil biology is also imperative. An abundance of beneficial microbes, bacteria, and fungi create a healthy soil environment and suppress soil-borne pathogens and disease. MCT stimulates beneficial bacteria and fungi in the soil, enhancing the activity and reproduction of microbiology that improves soil structure.

MCT Attains Soil Health Naturally.

Huma Gro® Turf soil products with MCT achieve soil health naturally. No foreign microbes, bacteria, or fungi are added to the soil. Healthy soil biology is achieved through feeding the beneficial microbes that are not only present in all soil but unique to the individual soil. Using MCT as a base, Huma Gro® Turf has developed a full line of highly efficient products that make up a complete sustainable turf program.

All Huma Gro® Turf Products Contain MCT.

Sustainable Soil Fertility products with MCT flocculate hard soils. They relieve the stress of saline soils and heavy metals, enabling mineral nutrition of the turf. MCT promotes oxygenation and aeration, improving water penetration and water-holding capacity and freeing up nutrients in the root-zone.

Optimal Growth Management products encourage the natural production of plant hormones for quick and long-term results. Turf shows an almost immediate boost of energy, growth, vigor, and rooting. These products provide and maintain a long-term, natural plant hormonal balance. MCT allows optimal management of plant growth by promoting natural production of hormones within the plant itself that are quickly produced and naturally controlled.

Our Macronutrients and Micronutrients with MCT offer a variety of packaged fertilizer products that deliver all the essential macronutrients, secondary macronutrients, and micronutrients to promote the strong, steady turf growth and produces a better, greener turf. All include MCT for better transportation and absorption of nutrients by plants. All nutrient products can be applied in the soil or with a foliar spray, without phytotoxicity.

Our organic Zero-Residue Turf Protection products are OMRI® listed for environmentally-conscious superintendents to maximize the control of a broad spectrum of insects, nematodes, bacterial and/or fungal plant diseases, and pathogens—with no down time required!

Our natural Carbon-Rich Organic Acids are similar to the chemical make-up of the plants themselves, so roots or leaves easily assimilate nutrients and effectively put them to work. With our organic acids, turf and ornamentals maximize the potential of your fertilizer, resulting in better germination, more efficient foliar applications, and strong, healthy growth.

Our blend of nonionic Surfactants improves the penetration and distribution of water within the soil profile, ensuring that turf managers get the most out of their applied water and water-carried inputs.

What Can You Expect from MCT?

The following are a few things to expect from Huma Gro® Turf products:

  • Activate beneficial aerobic soil bacteria and fungi
  • Separate clay particles, increasing water penetration
  • Reduce plant stress in high salinity soils
  • Increase soil nutrient availability
  • Increase root development
  • Improve decomposition of organic matter
  • Recycle nutrients tied up in organic matter
  • Increase water retention
  • Remediate toxic chemical residues in soil
  • Increase nutrient availability in extreme-pH soils
  • Improve soil structure
  • Balance oxygen and carbon
  • Reduce amounts of product required
  • Have a positive impact on the environment

Small Can Be Powerful.

Build a healthy turf on the foundation of a healthy, fertile soil that is teaming with healthy microorganisms. Healthy microbiology, soil, and turf are created and maintained with Huma Gro® Turf products containing MCT. The tiny carbon molecules of MCT prove that smaller can be powerful in today’s trend of more, bigger, stronger.

Michael Gardner is Senior Director of Huma Gro® Turf Sales at Bio Huma Netics, Inc. Contact him at michael@humagroturf.com. Huma Gro® Turf products can be found at https://humagroturf.com/huma-gro-turf-products/.

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