Soil conditioning

Building healthy soil involves ongoing practice of field management strategies that maintain nutrient balance and build good soil structure. But how do you know if your soil is healthy? Soil that is considered healthy has a high capacity for water storage, and good water management properties such as retention and infiltration. It also contains a volume and balance of nutrients that is healthy for plants and soil microbial life.  Most critical is that a healthy soil contains large populations of microbes and other beneficial organisms like earthworms that can supply a steady stream of nutrition to your crops while keeping populations of pathogenic organisms in check.

Is it a soil conditioner?

As previously stated that enhance soil properties.  Often this is thought of as altering the soil physical structure but that is only part of the effect.  Soil properties include many areas such as cation exchange capacity, soil ph, water holding capacity, or or soil compaction.
In classifying a soil amendment we basically evaluate the product based on its impact. Does the product provide nutrients?  If so then it is a fertilizer.  Does the product deliver biology to the soil?  If so then it is an inoculant.  If the product does not provide any of nutrients or biology but is deemed as beneficial for plant life then by default it is a soil conditioner.  It should be noted that many soil amendments take on aspects of a fertilizer, inoculant and or a conditioner but their objective should be clearly defined.

Management practice

In addition to using good field management practices that conserve and build organic matter such as reduced tillage and planting cover crops, you may also need to supplement these practices with application of products that will help to promote and build health in the soil.  We offer a variety of soil conditioning like humic and fulvic acids. 

Humates

Humates are now recognized 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. Humic acid is a powerful fungi promotant. Beneficial fungi (including mycorrhizal fungi) are the missing link in many soils.  It stabilizes nitrogen and improves nitrogen efficiency, thereby making it an ideal additive with urea. Humic acid complexes phosphate to reduce lock-ups and, as such, is also an ideal additive with diammonium phosphate (DAP) and monammonium phosphate (MAP). Humates are the only known substance with the ability to hold onto every other nutrient in the soil which enables heightened nutrient absorption. 

HUMIC and FULVIC acids range

 

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