Earth Day 2019: Protect the Pollinators

The theme of this year’s 49th annual Earth Day on April 22 is “Protect Our Species.” One extremely important aspect of this theme to everyone involved in agriculture is protecting the world’s insect pollinators. The global crop production pollinated by bees is estimated to be valued at $577 billion. Pollinators contribute $24 billion to the U.S. agriculture industry, making up a third of the food consumed by Americans.

Despite bees being considered a keystone species, not nearly enough is being done to preserve this essential contributor to our food production process. Worldwide bee populations are in decline, including the honey bee and many of our wild native bees. It is estimated that commercial honeybee populations in the U.S. have declined by as much as 40% since 2006.

There are many suspected contributors to bee decline, including:

  • Widespread use of pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids that—once absorbed by plants—can be present in pollen and nectar
  • Loss of habitat, including land use changes, habitat fragmentation, loss of bio-diversity
  • Climate change
  • Pests, diseases, viruses, and mold

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers advice on how farmers can help pollinators. Some of the principles advocated by the USDA include:

  • Know the habitat on your farm. Look for areas on and around your land that can support native bees. Most native bees are solitary or live in small colonies. Bumble, digger, and sweat bees make up the bulk of pollen bees in most parts of the country.
  • Protect flowering plants and nest sites. Once you know where bees are living and foraging, do what you can to protect these resources from disturbance and pesticides. Bees rely on an abundance and variety of flowers and need blooming plants throughout the growing season. Native plant species are particularly valuable.
  • Enhance habitat with flowering plants and additional nest sites. Most bees love sun and prefer to nest in dry places. Nests are created underground, in twigs and debris, and in dead trees or branches. You can add flowers, leave some ground untilled, and provide bee blocks (tunnels drilled into wood) to increase the number of native bees on your farm.
  • Minimize tillage. Many of our best crop pollinators live underground for most of the year, sometimes at the base of the very plants they pollinate. To protect them, turn over soil only where you need to. Allow crops to bolt. If possible, allow leafy crops like lettuce to flower if they need to be tilled right away. This gives bees additional food sources.
  • Exercise Care with Insecticides. Most insecticides are deadly to bees, and unnecessary herbicide use can remove many of the flowers that they need for food. If you use insecticides, choose ingredients targeted to specific species (for example, Btk—Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki— for pests such as leaf rollers) and the least harmful formulations (i.e., granules or solutions). Spray on calm, dry evenings, soon after dark when bees are not active. Keep in mind that even when crops are not in bloom, some of your best pollinators are visiting nearby flowers, where they may be killed by drifting chemicals.

More information is available at the USDA NRCS Website.

Information about Earth Day and how to protect bees is available on the Earth Day Network Website.

For those of you in the Phoenix area who would like to learn more about protecting pollinators, the University of Arizona Desert Institute of Gardening is holding a seminar from 6–8 pm this Thursday, April 25, at the Maricopa County Extension Office. Click here for details.

Fertilgold® Organics de BHN logra ingresar 23 productos a la lista del OMRI

Fertilgold® Organics, una marca de fertilizantes orgánicos de Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), con sede central en Gilbert, Arizona, ha sido incluida en la lista del Instituto de Revisión de Materiales Orgánicos (Organic Materials Review Institute, OMRI) por sus 23 productos iniciales. De estos, 15 productos de nutrición líquida de cultivos incluidos en la lista del OMRI se basan en el portador de nutrientes exclusivo de la empresa, la Tecnología Micro Carbono®, que lleva los nutrientes a las plantas de manera más efectiva que los productos de nutrición orgánica tradicionales.

Los productos Fertigold® Organics presentes en la lista del OMRI actualmente incluyen:

  • Fertilgold Soil (líquido)
  • Fertilgold® 3-2-5 (líquido: nitrógeno, fósforo, potasio)
  • Fertilgold® N-5.5 (líquido: nitrógeno)
  • Fertilgold® NK (líquido: nitrógeno, potasio)
  • Fertilgold® K-6 (líquido: potasio)
  • Fertilgold® B (líquido: boro)
  • Fertilgold® Ca (líquido: calcio)
  • Fertilgold® Co (líquido: cobalto)
  • Fertilgold® Cu (líquido: cobre)
  • Fertilgold® Fe (líquido: hierro)
  • Fertilgold® Mg (líquido: magnesio)
  • Fertilgold® Mn (líquido: manganeso)
  • Fertilgold® Mo (líquido: molibdeno)
  • Fertilgold® Zn (líquido: zinc)
  • Fertilgold® Micros I (líquido: una mezcla equilibrada de
    S, B, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo y Zn)
  • Fertilgold® MicroHumic® (ácido húmico/fúlvico
  • Fertilgold® Powder (seco: ácido húmico/fúlvico)
  • Fertilgold® Greens (seco: ácido húmico/fúlvico)
  • Fertilgold® 1–3 mm (seco: ácido húmico/fúlvico)
  • Fertilgold® K Hume (seco: ácido húmico/fúlvico)
  • Fertilgold® 6 mm(-) (seco: ácido húmico/fúlvico)
  • Fertilgold® Double Play® (líquido: fungicida y
    nematicida de aplicación en el suelo)
  • Fertilgold® Triple Play® (líquido: insecticida,
    acaricida y fungicida de aplicación foliar)

Estos productos se encuentran actualmente disponibles para la venta para productores orgánicos comerciales en algunos estados seleccionados (verificar disponibilidad en, y pronto estarán registrados y disponibles en todo Estados Unidos y en varios otros países. Otros productos actualmente en evaluación para ingresar a la lista del OMRI se encuentran en las categorías de Ácidos húmicos y fúlvicos líquidos, Biopesticidas y Surfactantes.

Lyndon Smith, presidente y director ejecutivo de BHN, manifestó que “durante años, los clientes de nuestra línea de productos más vendida de protección y nutrición de cultivos de Huma Gro® para agricultura convencional nos pidieron que desarrolláramos una línea de productos totalmente orgánicos también con Tecnología Micro Carbono®. Los miembros de nuestro equipo de desarrollo de productos hicieron un gran trabajo al crear los productos Fertilgold® Organics, los cuales creemos que redefinirán la nutrición orgánica de cultivos. Estamos ofreciendo una línea completa de productos efectivos que se han diseñado para proporcionar una nutrición realmente orgánica exactamente cuándo, dónde y cómo los cultivos lo necesitan. Cualquier persona que conozca los excelentes resultados de rendimiento y calidad de los cultivos de nuestros productos Huma Gro® en la agricultura convencional, quedará encantada con lo que logrará Fertilgold® Organics con Tecnología Micro Carbono® (para los productos líquidos) en sus cultivos orgánicos”.

Puede encontrar más información disponible en el sitio web de Fertilgold® Organics (, donde se proporcionarán actualizaciones constantes sobre productos nuevos, el estado de los productos de la lista del OMRI, y la inscripción en el estado de cada uno. También se publicará el contenido del blog para los seguidores de Fertilgold® Organics en las redes sociales Facebook y Twitter.

Huma Gro® Nutrient and Fumigation Replacement Program Increases Strawberry Yields 97%

Conducted by: Pacific Ag Research
Huma Gro® Products: Ultra-Precision™ Blend (Fresca CA Strawberry Mix), Promax®, and Zap®

This field trial assessed the effects on strawberry yields of replacing field fumigation with periodic applications of Huma Gro® Promax® and Zap® and replacing a grower’s standard fertilizer program with irrigation-applied Ultra-Precision™ blended liquid Huma Gro® crop nutrition products.

This trial and others demonstrate that the use of Huma Gro® Promax® and Zap® can achieve high yields on Portola strawberries in California, even without traditional fumigation. Treatments with Promax® and Zap®, which were applied via irrigation, have the advantage over traditional fumigation in that they are nontoxic, have no reentry interval, and could be applied at any time during the growing season. This is a tremendous advantage over traditional fumigation.

This trial also demonstrates that the Huma Gro® Ultra-Precision™ blend of liquid fertilizers applied through irrigation resulted in yields superior to the grower’s standard fertilizer program. The combination of Huma Gro® Ultra-Precision™ blend of liquid fertilizers plus the Huma Gro® fumigation replacement products of Promax® and Zap® (Treatment 1) increased yields by 97% over the control (Treatment 3).

Figure 2 and Table 1 demonstrate that for the two trials that used PicClor preplant field fumigation (Trial 2 and Trial 3), weekly yields began dropping off at week 11/6, while the trials that replaced preplant field fumigation with periodic applications of Promax® and Zap® (Trial 1 and Trial 4) continued to produce at relatively high levels until the end of the season.

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BHN’s Fertilgold® Organics Earns OMRI-Listing for 21 Products

Fertilgold® Organics, a brand of organic fertilizer products from Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN) headquartered in Gilbert, Ariz., has achieved Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) listing for 21 initial products. Of these, 13 OMRI-listed liquid crop nutrition products are based on the company’s proprietary nutrient carrier, Micro Carbon Technology®, which carries nutrients to plants more effectively than traditional organic nutrition products.

OMRI-Listed Fertilgold® Organics products currently include:

  • Fertilgold® N-5.5 (liquid: nitrogen)
  • Fertilgold® NK (liquid: nitrogen and potassium)
  • Fertilgold® K-6 (liquid: potassium)
  • Fertilgold® B (liquid: boron)
  • Fertilgold® Ca (liquid: calcium)
  • Fertilgold® Co (liquid: cobalt)
  • Fertilgold® Cu (liquid: copper)
  • Fertilgold® Fe (liquid: iron)
  • Fertilgold® Mg (liquid: magnesium)
  • Fertilgold® Mn (liquid: manganese)
  • Fertilgold® Mo (liquid: molybdenum)
  • Fertilgold® Zn (liquid: zinc)
  • Fertilgold® Micros I (liquid: a balanced mix of S, B, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo, and Zn)
  • Fertilgold® MicroHumic® (dry: humic/fulvic acid)
  • Fertilgold® Powder (dry: humic/fulvic acid)
  • Fertilgold® Greens (dry: humic/fulvic acid)
  • Fertilgold® 1–3 mm (dry: humic/fulvic acid)
  • Fertilgold® K Hume (dry: humic/fulvic acid)
  • Fertilgold® 6 mm(-) (dry: humic/fulvic acid)
  • Fertilgold® Double Play™ (liquid: soil-applied fungicide and nematicide)
  • Fertilgold® Triple Play™ (liquid: foliar-applied insecticide, miticide, fungicide)

These products are currently available for sale to commercial organic growers in select states (check availability at, and they will soon be registered and available throughout the United States and in several other countries. Additional products that are currently undergoing review for OMRI listing are in the categories of Soil Fertility, Macronutrients, Liquid Humic and Fulvic Acids, Biopesticides, and Surfactants.

Lyndon Smith, BHN President and CEO, stated, “For years, customers of our bestselling Huma Gro® crop nutrition and protection product line for conventional farming have been asking us to develop a fully organic product line that is also powered by our Micro Carbon Technology®. The folks on our product development team have done an outstanding job with creating the Fertilgold® Organics products, which we think will redefine organic crop nutrition. We are offering a full line of effective products that have been designed to deliver true organic nutrition exactly when, where, and how crops need it. Anyone familiar with the outstanding crop yield and quality results achieved by our Huma Gro® products on the conventional farming side is going to absolutely love what Fertilgold® Organics with Micro Carbon Technology® (for the liquid products) will do for their organic crops.”

More information is available on the Fertilgold® Organics Website (, which will provide ongoing updates regarding new products, OMRI-Listed status for products, and state registration for each. Blog content will also flow out to followers on Fertilgold® Organics Facebook and Twitter social media channels.

BHN obtuvo la autorización para importar fertilizantes en Brasil

Se ha otorgado una licencia de importación ilimitada a Bio Huma Netics, Inc., productor de la línea de protección y nutrición líquida de cultivos orgánicos Huma Gro® y Fertilgold®, para que ingrese fertilizantes a Brasil para su venta comercial.

Brasil es uno de los 4 productores agrícolas más importantes del mundo, uno de los mayores exportadores agrícolas y uno de los consumidores de fertilizantes más grandes. Durante el año pasado, BHN operó con una licencia de importación limitada, que le permitía ingresar pequeñas cantidades de productos para que los productores probaran como anticipo de ventas futuras.

Justin Smith, Vicepresidente Ejecutivo de Ventas de BHN afirmó: “Es una oportunidad increíble para nosotros, para la que hemos trabajado durante más de 2 años. El sector de fertilizantes de Brasil está creciendo rápidamente y están particularmente interesados en productos fertilizantes tecnológicamente avanzados como los nuestros.  Nuestro personal de ventas y operaciones locales es excelente y está muy bien conectado con la industria agrícola brasilera. Este es el momento perfecto para presentar nuestra línea de fertilizantes líquidos Huma Gro® con Tecnología Micro Carbono® y no pasará mucho tiempo antes de que también presentemos nuestra línea de productos orgánicos Fertilgold®. Calculamos un ingreso estimado por ventas de entre $4 y 5 millones para el primer año y podría crecer mucho más”.

Actualmente, BHN tiene 20 productos de protección y nutrición líquida de cultivos Huma Gro® registrados para vender en Brasil y comenzará a enviarlos inmediatamente. Los productos registrados se encuentran en las categorías de macronutrientes, micronutrientes, reguladores del crecimiento, fertilizantes para el suelo, ácidos orgánicos y biopesticidas. Se prevé que se registrarán más productos en el futuro. Para obtener más información sobre los productos Huma Gro® visite

Las consultas sobre ventas en Brasil se pueden hacer en:

Huma Gro Brasil

Rua Independência 3562 – Vila Santo Antônio

São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brasil

CEP: 15.040-400

(0055)17 3234-1012

(0055)17 3234-1538

BHN vende fertilizantes agrícolas en los Estados Unidos desde 1973 y actualmente lo hace en 33 países en todo el mundo, lo que incluye a la mayoría de los demás países de América del Sur.


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El programa Huma Gro® aumenta la producción de fresas un 14 %, con un retorno de la inversión superior a $2.500/acre

Realizado por: Holden Research and Consulting
Productos Huma Gro®: Promax®, Zap®, Vitol®, Breakout®, Calcium, Lucky 7®

Este ensayo de campo evaluó los efectos de PROMAX® y ZAP® además de la fumigación (más otras aplicaciones foliares de 4 productos fertilizantes Huma Gro®) sobre la producción de fresas Portola, en comparación con el programa de nutrición de cultivos estándar de la productora.

Según los datos recopilados en este ensayo, los dos programas de tratamiento con productos Huma Gro® dieron como resultado mayores producciones y un mayor porcentaje de producción comercializable. El Tratamiento 3 dio como resultado un aumento total de la producción del 14 % por sobre el estándar de la productora. Este aumento de la producción correspondiente al Tratamiento 3 dio como resultado un aumento en las ganancias del campo de casi $3.500 más por acre, un aumento del 15 % en dólares de ganancias para el campo (ver Figura 3). Restando el costo de los productos Huma Gro® adicionales aplicados para alcanzar este aumento en la producción, se estimó que el retorno de la inversión (ROI, por sus siglas en inglés) fue superior a $2.500/acre (289 %).


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Huma Gro® Program Increases Strawberry Yields 14%, With an ROI > $2,500/acre

Conducted by: Holden Research and Consulting
Huma Gro® Products: Promax®, Zap®, Vitol®, Breakout®, Calcium, Lucky 7®

This field trial assessed the effects of PROMAX® and ZAP® on top of fumigation—plus additional foliar applications of 4 Huma Gro® fertilizer products—on the yield of Portola strawberries when compared with the grower’s standard crop nutrition program.

Based on the data collected in this trial, the 2 Huma Gro® treatment programs resulted in both higher yields and a higher percentage of marketable yield. Treatment 3 resulted in an overall yield increase of 14% over the Grower Standard. This yield increase for Treatment 3 resulted in a return-to-the-farm increase of almost $3,500 more per acre, a 15% increase in dollars back to the farm (see Figure 3). Factoring in the cost of the additional Huma Gro® products applied to achieve this yield increase, the return on investment (ROI) was calculated to be over $2,500/acre (289%).

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BHN Approved to Import Fertilizers to Brazil

Bio Huma Netics, Inc., producer of Huma Gro® and Fertilgold® Organics liquid crop nutrition and protection products, has been granted an unlimited import license to bring fertilizers into Brazil for commercial sale.

Brazil is one of the top 4 agricultural producers in the world, one of the largest agricultural exporters, and one of the largest consumers of fertilizers. BHN has been operating under a limited import license during the past year, which has allowed it to bring in small amounts of product for growers to try in anticipation of future sales.

Justin Smith, Executive Vice President of BHN Sales, said, “This is an incredible opportunity for us, one we’ve been working toward for over 2 years. Brazil’s fertilizer sector is growing rapidly, and they are particularly hungry for technologically advanced fertilizer products such as ours. We have terrific local operations and sales staff in place who are well connected throughout the Brazilian agricultural industry. This is a perfect time to introduce our Huma Gro® line of liquid fertilizers with Micro Carbon Technology®, and it won’t be too long before we also bring in our Fertilgold® Organics product line, as well. We conservatively estimate $4–$5 million in sales the first year, and it could grow much higher.”

BHN currently has 20 Huma Gro® liquid crop nutrition and protection products registered for sale in Brazil and will begin shipping immediately. Registered products are in the categories of Macronutrients, Micronutrients, Growth Managers, Soil Fertility, Organic Acids, and Biopesticides. It is anticipated that more products will be registered in the future. Additional information on Huma Gro® products is available at

Sales inquiries for Brazil may be directed to:

Huma Gro Brasil

Rua Independência 3562 – Vila Santo Antônio

São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brasil

CEP: 15.040-400

(0055)17 3234-1012

(0055)17 3234-1538

BHN has been selling agricultural fertilizers in the United States since 1973 and currently sells in 33 countries around the world—including most of the other countries in South America.

BHN’s Dr. Abi-Ghanem Selected to Speak at Soil Society Leadership Panel

Dr. Rita Abi-Ghanem, Senior Director of Research & Development at Bio Huma Netics, Inc., has been selected to speak as part of a Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) panel discussion on Leadership at the 2019 International Soils Meeting, “Soils Across Latitudes, on January 8, 2019, in San Diego, California. Dr. Abi-Ghanem will be representing an Industry perspective. Other panelists include Dr. Johannes Bouma, Emeritus Professor of Soil Science, Wageningen University, Netherlands (International); Dr. Alfred Hartemink, Professor of Soil Science and Dept. Chair, University of Wisconsin, Madison (Academia); Dr. Ole Wendroth, SSSA Incoming President-Elect, Professor at University of Kentucky (SSSA); and Dr. David Lindbo, Director of Soil Science Division, United States Department of Agriculture (Government).

The panel discussion will be held at 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon on Tuesday at the Sheraton Hotel, Spinnaker 1. The discussion will be focused on professional leadership skills needed by students, post-docs, and early career members.

Dr. Abi-Ghanem—a native of Lebanon and a Fulbright Scholar who earned her doctorate in Soil Science from Washington State University—was honored earlier this year when she was selected for two 40-Under-40 awards sponsored by The Phoenix Business Journal and jointly by the editors of Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News. She was previously presented with the Association for International Agriculture 2016 Young Professional Award. She has been Senior Director of Research & Development for Bio Huma Netics, Inc., since 2014.

It All Has to Start With The Soil

The Soil Health Institute has released a 60-minute documentary, Living Soil, that captures the history — and significance — of the soil health movement.

Our soils support 95 percent of all food production, and by 2060, our soils will be asked to give us as much food as we have consumed in the last 500 years. They filter our water. They are one of our most cost-effective reservoirs for sequestering carbon. They are our foundation for biodiversity. And they are vibrantly alive, teeming with 10,000 pounds of biological life in every acre. Yet in the last 150 years, we’ve lost half of the basic building block that makes soil productive. The societal and environmental costs of soil loss and degradation in the United States alone are now estimated to be as high as $85 billion every single year.

Living Soil captures the background of the current soil health movement and its momentum, beginning with painful images of the Dust Bowl, and then transitions to personal experiences of innovative women and men who are managing their land to enhance soil health.

The film features rural and urban farmers from Maryland to California, selling everything from corn to bouquets, united by their care for the soil.

The documentary is directed by Chelsea Myers, founder of Tiny Attic, a video production company located in Columbia, Mo. that specializes in documenting real moments and real people.

To view the documentary, visit

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