Humate in Action
It is widely recognized that humic substances promote the conversion of a number of elements into forms for optimal up-take by plants. Indeed, some studies suggest that the amount of humic acid contained within a humus substance is directly related to plant development. In the production of fertile soil, organic substances play a direct role because they are the source of plant nutrients that liberated in soluable forms during mineralization. Action of humic substances is important: Humic substances actively participate in decomposition of rocks and minerals. While there are many credible reports and studies that show the positive effects of humic materials in a number of aspects, they operate best as soil additives rather than replacements of the essential elements of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. The use of humate builds up humus content in soil. Generally, subsequent fertilization can be reduced when soil becomes ever more fertile, creating such healthy conditions, they reduce necessary reliance on pesticides and insecticides. Humate is a totally natural, organic product and has no chemical additives. The positive impacts on seed germination, plant growth and development and increased mineral content all have been demonstrated in studies by some of the world’s most credible scientists. Stated another way: Humate and humic substances are not fertilizer substitutes; instead, they act as soil supplements and additives where adequate supplies of major nutrients, like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium exist. Humate contains most of the known trace elements necessary for development of plant life because in its original state, it was living, breathing plants. Organic humate enhances root development, increases water retention potential and promotes chelation, a process by which insoluble matter is gradually processed for plant utilization. As a result, humate contains valuable plant nutritional substances not found in chemical fertilizers. As a whole, a consensus of scientific studies reveals that humate can be utilized as a soil conditioner and soil supplement under various conditions and climates. And although humate is not a substitute for fertilizer, the positive effects of its processes on can reduce the need for certain fertilizers, provides other essential elements not in fertilizers and can even reduce the amounts of water necessary for healthier, stronger crops and plants. Humate can also be processed into humic acid that can be added to soil supplements or fertilizers.
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