- Our Humi[K] is power packed with polydispersion, cationic bridging, ionic exchanges, coordinate bonding and polydynamics for metabolic activities.
- Its nanoparticles, which make contact with gypsum and clay particles, create huge surface areas which in turn enhance micropores, in which roots, water, and nutrients reside.
- This helps mass flow, root interceptions, and diffusion for nutrient movement in plant roots, namely an influx of slow nitrogen release.
- Soil salinization is considered the most important abiotic limiting crop production and degrading soil properties.
- Humi[K] Gypsum will reduce salinization problems vis-à-vis different modes of action.
Knowledge Base & FAQ
Q): How difficult is it to make a mixture of Humi[K] Bio WSG with along with other Fertilizer/Nutrients?
- Blending / Mixing equipment is needed to achieve a homogenized mixture
- Humi[K] Bio WSG contains granules that can be easily amalgamated with other granular fertilizers.
- Humi[K] Bio WSG can be mixed with substrates or potting soil.
- Humi[K] Bio WSG is 100% spray-dried Granulation Technology, which allows us to offer 100% solubility in a granule form. It can be used in many applications such as dry broadcast spreading, blending/mixing with fertilizer, or liquefied for liquid application.
- Humi[K] Bio WSG also has time-release properties when applied dry, slowly dissolving as irrigated.
- Humi[K] Bio WSG was specifically designed for three distinct functions: ease of use, dry broadcast application, and conversion to liquid.
- Create a new advanced microbial amalgamated product
- Improve nutrient availability for plant absorptions to support root growths and soil symbiotic
- Increase fertilizer conversion rate, providing more available nutrients
- Offer a new and dynamic product category for the company
- A universal fertilizer to rejuvenate soil products for all crops
- Offer consumer benefits, including higher yield, crop quality, improving plant defense mechanisms against diseases, along with continuing to improve the soil and environment.
Q): What are beneficial traits of Bacillus subtilis and related species with agricultural ramifications?
A): The species of bacillus group, particularly B. Subtilus, B. Megaterium, B. Amyloliquefaciens, B. Lichniformis, and B. Pumilus are vital in agriculture, as phytopathogenic antagonists or plant growth promoters. This species is often referred to as “plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria “– PGPR.
PGPR are naturally occurring soil bacteria that have the ability to colonize the roots and stimulate plant growth by phytohormone production or by releasing beneficial organic compounds.
In addition to plant growth stimulation, Bacillus subtilis and its related species strains are involved in plant protection against Phyto-pathogenic attacks. They act directly against pathogens by producing extracellular lytic enzymes and secondary metabolites with inhibitory growth action or interfere via quorum quenching to disturb cell-to-cell communication of the infectious expression in pathogenic bacteria. They could also compete with plant pathogens for the available nutrient and niches. They also play a key role in the reduction of the infection process by inducing defense responses in the host plant.
Humi[k] Bio WSG(patent pending) is a 100% soluble granule that contains a balance of humic acid and highly concentrated specialized beneficial microbes. These microbes, acting with the humic acid, employ multiple functions to improve soil symbiosis, reduce bad bacteria through competitive exclusion and increase root mass development.
This enables the plants to build a tolerance to infestations of soil diseases such as nematodes. By increasing larger root mass, this helps to penetrate deeper into the soil for water sources, reducing dehydration during periods of excessive heat.
These specialized microbes immobilize organic and inorganic matter through an enzymatic process that maximizes the availability of absorbable micronutrients for plant uptake.
A): Growers need to be educated to understand and distinguish between different types of carbons, such as functional and normal carbons. It is also vital for the grower to understand how functional carbons enhance soil health and nutrient availability. The best means of achieving this goal is to hold applied workshops for the growers to demonstrate humic substances’ far-reaching physical, chemical and biological impacts in different crops under farm conditions.
A): Based on IHSS research (which comes from many universities worldwide), results demonstrate that, applying humic substances from an economic standpoint is equally important as using micro-macronutrients for maintaining soil health and crop production. From standpoint of ROI, it enhances fertilizer and water-use efficiency, as you save on fertilizer usage. If the grower cannot afford a great deal of humic, even if he/she applies a small quantity before plant growth stages, this will still benefit the return on investment.
According to national statistics, phosphorus use efficiency is between 10-30%. For example, if an average farmer applies 100 lbs per acre of phosphor, 90 lbs will be fixed (not usable) or if you are a farmer with good cultural practices, and you apply the same amount of phosphor with 30 % efficiency, it still means you will still lose 70 lbs of phosphor as locked-up, fixed, or tied-up. Using humic will enhance fertilizer use efficiency. These factors are why we think using humic just as vital as using macro-micronutrients in ensuring good ROI.
A): We use humic to condition the soil to create a stable humus. In all soils, according to FAO over the past 200 years, we lost stable humus. The organic acid or humic creates stable humus by conditioning texture and enhancing soil chemistry, chelating, complexing, and buffering capacities for better soil health. Fulvic acid is the best functional carbon to use with foliar application or side-dress with the seed for better vigor and nutrient translocation. (use one quart of fulvic which is ¼ of the humic rate per acre) For example, if you use 4 gal. humic/acre per you will get 1 qt of fulvic per acre/ application
Client expectations: Clients should be educated on how humic and fulvic works for crop production and soil health. Then they will develop their own expectations accordingly. In general, the main expectation is that the humic will enhance their soil health and ensure a good return on investment (ROI).
A): Generally, the humic helps the plant translocate the micro-macro nutrients (especially calcium) that makes the cell walls stronger and more firm with higher quality. Some studies show that fruits are harvested 5- 10 days earlier. Many fruit growers have also reported better taste but there is no data to quantify that. With apples, there is less bitterbit.
A): There are no possible plant side effects. According to my research, however, if you apply more than 10 gal/acre of humic at one time, it will make plants over-activate enzymes and hormones which can result in yield reduction. This is why we don’t recommend applying more than 10 gal/acre at one time. You can apply in different intervals.
A): There is a common misconception that microbes eat carbon from humic. Humic functional groups create energy for microbes. Since they are comprised of nanoparticles, they create micropores, in which roots, water, and nutrients reside. The other portion of the soil forms macropores in which oxygen resides. Another change is excellent aggregate stability with stable humus which is a million-dollar house for microbes. Humic will enhance the microbial population, which helps soil health. In turn, the soil will have more beneficial fungi, bacteria, and protozoa…., thus enhancing soil health.
A): Refer to above questions. Soil becomes very friable, depending upon different soil types (montmorillonite, vermiculite etc). In most cases, you will notice an increase in crop quality. Montmorillonite will show better results than the other types. However, it is also contingent on particular cultural practices.
A): Noticeable results may be seen in the first season. Applying any recommended amounts may enhance your fertilizer and water-use efficiency. If you apply the required nutrients (fertilizers) you should notice healthier plants and an ample amount of nutrients from your tissue analysis reports. By the 3rd year, you can quantify increases of yield and quality parameters.
A): If we use humic (best used with required nutrients for different crop), I have generally observed better vigor to the stand, crop uniformity, water infiltration, and good overall quality. This is contingent upon quantity applied, when it is applied, along with general soil conditions.
A): Humic acid increases nutrient uptake, drought tolerance, and seed germination. It increases the microbial activity in the soil, making it an excellent root stimulator. Humic acid increases the availability of nutrients in our fertilizers and in those already existing in your soil. It will help to aerate the soil from the inside. It will also help to lower the pH of the soil to a more neutral level and will flush high levels of salts out of the root zone, all of which will help to promote better plant health and growth.
A): Humic acids are an excellent natural and 100% organic way to provide plants and soil with a concentrated dose of essential nutrients, vitamins and trace elements. The best source of humic acid is derived from midwestern sedimentation layers called Leonardite. Humic acids enhance plant growth particularly biomass production and fertility of the soil. As humic acids are completely decomposed, they do not enter into nutritional competition with plants for nutrients such as for nitrogen. Current scientific studies show that the fertility of the soil is determined to a very large extent by the content of the humic substance in the matrix. Their high cation-exchange capacity (movement of ions across the root), oxygen content as well as high water holding capacity are but a few reasons for using humic acids in the improvement of soil fertility and plant growth.
A): I generally assess what’s needed by looking at the soil analysis report, finding the missing links, (deficiencies) and assessing the organic matter. I then check the percentages of sand-silt-clay. Based on macro-micro parameters on crop fertility guidelines, I will calculate soil needs accordingly and give my recommendations for the necessary quantities of humic. After having reviewed 20,000 soil reports for humic recommendations, I find that on average, each field crop requires approximately 4 gallons per acre, even with high organic matter in the soil.
A): By supplying the soil with sufficient humic acid, we help to bind cations (positively charged elements). The ability to chelate positively charged multivalent ions (Mg, Ca, Fe and other “trace minerals” of value to plants) is probably the most important role of humic acid, with respect to your soil. By chelating the ions, humic acid facilitates the uptake of the ions by means of several mechanisms, one of which is preventing their precipitation (leaching through the soil). Another is the direct and positive influence on their bio-availability. It can also detoxify the soil of heavy metals. Research has shown that heavy metals can be “locked up” with the addition of humic acid.
Q): In what season of plants do you consider that application of SM-10 will get more favorable effects: fall, summer, other?
A): For conditioning, anytime will suffice (so in the fall). Second, for crop production, use the different plant growth stages. These follow the same physiological and morphological patterns of plant growth that we have used with our Humi[K].
A): We are working with different crops, and at this point, we think applying from 1-2 gal/acre at different stages of growth is best. This is an annual suggested dosing.
A): SM-10 can be applied in conditioning soils in the fall, during plantation, or at different stages of plant growth. For dipping roots in the product, we recommend 1 qt of this product, plus 1 qt of sea kelp (ascophyllum nodosum) in 10 gal of water.
A): You can apply through sprinklers, spray in the soil, and you can also apply via drip system. You do not need to dilute if injecting through irrigation system. If you want to spray, use 5 gal of SM-10 in 25 gal or more. In other special cases, you may use 1 qt in 1 gallon.
Dr. Mir Seyedbagheri
As a company, our science and product development is based heavily on Dr. Mir’s many years of credible scientific research.
We believe that in order to deliver a superior quality product, we have to follow the science of what works, what doesn’t and why. Not only is Dr. Mir an exceptional agronomist, but his philosophy on agricultural sustainability is directly inline with our company and our vision.