Important! – not all humates are equal!
Humates are an important component of your soil fertility building programme. They are carbon-dense, soft coal deposits found near coal mines.
Humates are Important because:
- Humates are food for soil life and are a storehouse for energy, minerals and water
- They stimulate plant root and beneficial microbe growth in soil
- Chelate (hold) minerals for future plant growth, preventing their loss by leaching etc
- Improve absorption of minerals into plant cells
- Improve effectiveness of herbicides, thereby reducing the required dose rates
- Contain powerful chelators; humic, fulvic and ulmic acids
- Protect delicate soil microbes from acidic and salt-based fertilisers
- Prevent leaching of calcium when mixed with lime fertilisers
- Promote soil drainage and improve water holding capacity of soil
- Reduce soil erosion and improve soil structure
- Balance soil pH and detoxify soils
The images above represent three different humate products added to similar amounts of distilled water to determine quality (how quickly and thoroughly it mixes into water) and the effectiveness for stimulating growth of blue-green algae and fungi after 2 months. Numbers 1 and 2 mixed immediately and were suspended in water. While number 3 sank straight to the bottom and stayed there. Nil growth occurred in this mixture. Numbers 1 and 2 are clearly superior growth stimulants and are sold by Environmental Fertilisers.