General Application Instructions

Humic Growth Solutions provides general application instructions for extracted and activated humate products

Disclaimer: There are some general guidelines that can be followed when applying Extracted/Activated Humates.  These are applicable to almost all crops, but you should always consult your local agronomist or crop advisor before using functional, extracted humates. Please note the following application rates are general and should be used as a baseline for determining input costs. 


Important: Our humates are extracted and activated, making them highly functional when compared to raw material humate (leonardite, humalite, brown coal, lignite, sub-bituminous coals, etc…).  It is important to note that Raw Material Humate has almost zero agronomical benefit and is not an available form of functional humates.  Our extracted humates on the other hand are functional and highly effective when applied properly.  As a result, we strongly recommend taking soil samples and having a professional soil agronomist make a more detailed application protocol, specific to your crop.  If you have additional questions, please contact us for more information. 


General Application Rates:

SM-10 Liquid Carbon/Nitrogen (Humin)

  • 1-2 gallons per acre per growing season for Agricultural Crops
  • 1 gallon per acre per acre for Grains & wheat
  • 2 gallons per acre for Turf Grass


Humi[K] (Humic Acid)

  • 4-6 lbs. /gallons per acre per growing season for Agricultural Crops
  • 2-4 lbs. /gallons per acre for Grains & Wheat
  • 10 lbs. /gallons per acre for Turf Grass


Ful-Grow Gold (Fulvic Acid)

  • 1 quart per acre Fruit Trees
  • 1 quart per acre added to Foliar Spray 


General Application Timing:

  • Fall Fertilizer Application
  • Spring Pre-Plant
  • Seeding
  • Top Dress


General Application Methods:

  • Seed Drill
  • In Furrow
  • Side Dress
  • Top Dress
  • Broadcast (Humic Granule)
  • Banding
  • Drip (Humic Liquid, SM-10)
  • Foliar (Fulvic; Aminos & Sea Kelp)


Technical Notes:

  • It is generally recommended that Humic is applied in conjunction with needed fertilizers.  It is always recommended that a Jar Test be performed before mixing on a large scale.
  • In the Fall or Early Spring, it is generally recommended to apply 1-2 pounds of dry Humi[K] or 1-2 gallons of Humi[K] Liquid concentrate per acre to help condition the soil for planting.
  • Stubble: If stubble from previous year is present, add an extra gallon in the fall for decomposition, with needed fertilizers.
  • High ET: apply Humic Acid with needed fertilizers, especially liquid K when your ET rate is high.
  • Crusting: If you don’t have crusting and other problems such as compaction, high salt, etc, you can apply 2 gal/acre prior to row closing, instead of the 1 gal/acre recommended above.