Tuesday, February 20th 2024

Condition Soil Using Humic and Fulvic Acids

Soil serves as the foundation for growing plants. Conditioning it and optimizing soil health can pay dividends because healthy soil creates conditions for producing high-yielding, high-quality crops.

We at BigYield.us recently introduced a soil conditioner made from humic and fulvic acids. Named Dinosaur Dirt, the product originates from naturally occurring oxidized coal that is high in humified organic matter and low in impurities. Coal deposits used to make Dinosaur Dirt formed as organic matter decayed millions of years ago.

Both humic and fulvic acids contribute organic matter, which improves soil composition and plant productivity. Specifically, the humic acid improves soil structure by portioning soil into smaller particles. This structural change creates a supportive environment for soil microbial life. It also improves soil aeration and water and nutrient retention. Soil microbes stimulate plant and root growth, enable crops to manage stresses, solubilize nutrients and offer protection from pathogens. Soils that retain water well encourage plant resilience during dry conditions.

Relative to humic acid, fulvic acid has a smaller particle size, and it interacts with root surfaces and pores. Ultimately, exposing roots to fulvic acid enhances nutrient uptake. Plants that absorb more nutrients produce healthier crops.

Applying humic and fulvic acids is relatively innovative for field crops, but the organic, greenhouse and horticulture sectors have already adopted the practice in many cases. To capture soil and plant health benefits, we at BigYield.us recommend that producers annually apply 100 pounds to 400 pounds of Dinosaur Dirt, which is available in granule or powder form. It’s also OMRI-listed for organic use.

If you would like more information about conditioning your soil using Dinosaur Dirt, then call me at 816-773-6018.

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