Humic Acid Biostimulant Research by BHN Humic R&D Lab Scientists Published in Int’l Agronomic Journal

In its May 2021 issue, Frontiers in Plant Science published a research article by BHN Humic R&D Lab scientists Dr. Hiarhi Monda, Ryan Fountain, and Dr. Richard T. Lamar in collaboration with Dr. Amy McKenna of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Ion Cyclotron Resonance Facility, Tallahassee, Fla.

The research, titled “Bioactivity of Humic Acids Extracted from Shale Ore: Molecular Characterization and Structure-Activity Relationship With Tomato Plant Yield Under Nutritional Stress,” revealed an unprecedented level of molecular characterization made possible by means of ultra-high resolution ion cyclotron mass spectrometry, providing a more comprehensive understanding of individual components of humic substances involved in enhancing plant productivity.

A detailed characterization of chemical composition becomes critical as new government regulations of biostimulant products will require the elucidation of the mode of action in order to supply farmers with effective product claims based on science.

The objective of this study was to investigate in detail the chemical features of humic acids (HAs) extracted from sedimentary ore with the aim of exploring the potential relationship of chemical functions with biostimulant activity and to evaluate the extent to which the priming effect of HAs on tomato plants under nutritional stress was reflected on the yield gains. 

The results of this study proved the biostimulant efficacy of humic acid application that improved nutrient use efficiency and at the same time alleviated the nutritional stress condition. All tomato plants treated with humic acids showed faster adaptation to stress conditions, particularly when nutrient deficiency occurred. Plant growth and tomato yield increased when provided with humic acids under low nutritional doses, and tomato fruit quality was improved under all humic acid treatments.

The increased antioxidants production under humic application has been correlated to the presence of specific molecules in the humic extract. These molecules, such as quinones and flavonoids, can act as both antioxidants and pro-oxidants that can trigger the plant defensive system, ultimately leading to a fast and effective response to nutrient deficiency with a consequent enhancement of plant morphology and productivity.

Among the study’s conclusions are that plant pre-conditioning with humic substances might represent an important determinant in the adaptive plant defense response and an effective strategy to improve nutrients management and plant yield.

The complete open-access article is available at https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpls.2021.660224/full.

Video: Earth Day, 2021

Over 50 years ago, on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets to protest environmental destruction and to celebrate the wonders of Planet Earth. The basic message was that we had to find new ways to live our lives, raise our food, and conduct our businesses that were environmentally friendly and sustainable—that would not waste resources or pollute the air, the water, or the soil. [Read more…]

The Huma Gro Farmer Podcast: Episode 11—Interview with TFI’s Corey Rosenbusch

In this wide-ranging  interview at BHN headquarters, BHN President & CEO Lyndon Smith and The Fertilizer Institute’s (TFI’s) President & CEO Corey Rosenbusch discuss TFI’s mission and vision, TFI member benefits, and challenges facing the fertilizer industry. Topics include TFI legislative and regulatory activities, the 4R Nutrient Stewardship initiative, the Responsible Ag program, new activities with the Biostimulant Coalition, the TFI Sustainability Committee, the TFI State of the Fertilizer Industry Report, and upcoming TFI conferences.

More about TFI can be found at www.tfi.org. The TFI 2019 State of the Fertilizer Industry Report can be found at https://www.fertilizerreport.org/. The online home of 4R Nutrient Stewardship is https://nutrientstewardship.org/4rs/.

Interview with The Fertilizer Institute’s CEO, Corey Rosenbusch

In this (socially distanced) wide-ranging video interview at BHN headquarters, BHN President & CEO Lyndon Smith and The Fertilizer Institute’s (TFI’s) President & CEO Corey Rosenbusch discuss TFI’s mission and vision, TFI member benefits, and challenges facing the fertilizer industry. Topics include TFI legislative and regulatory activities, the 4R Nutrient Stewardship initiative, the Responsible Ag program, new activities with the Biostimulant Coalition, the TFI Sustainability Committee, the TFI State of the Fertilizer Industry Report, and upcoming TFI conferences.

More about TFI can be found at www.tfi.org. The TFI 2019 State of the Fertilizer Industry Report can be found at https://www.fertilizerreport.org/. The online home of 4R Nutrient Stewardship is https://nutrientstewardship.org/4rs/.

The Huma Gro Farmer Podcast: Episode 10—Growing Premium Potatoes

Today on Episode 10 we’re talking about Growing Premium Potatoes with Huma Gro® Products. Our guests include Mr. Lyndon Smith, President and CEO of Bio Huma Netics, Inc.—the maker of Huma Gro®, Fertilgold® Organics, Mesa Verde Humates, and several other product lines—and Mr. Michael Gardner, Senior Director of Turf and Northwest Sales for Bio Huma Netics, Inc. Growing Potatoes is quite a complicated topic, so in this podcast we walk through the typical growth cycle of potatoes and discuss the nutrients that are needed at each stage. We also discuss products that you might need because of common deficiencies or pests and products that you might want to add in order to achieve premium quality for your crop.

Products Discussed:

Micro Carbon Technology®, Breakout®, Calcium, Copper, Fertil Humus®, Fertil Soil®, Golden Pro®, Huma Burst® 6mm(-), Huma Pro® 16, Jackpot®, Promax®, Proud 3®, Pur Cal®, Start-L™, Super Nitro®, Super Phos®, Super Potassium®, Vitol®, X-Tend®, Z-Max®, Zap®

The Right Stuff for Soils and Plants

By Mojtaba Zaifnejad, PhD

When applied fertilizers benefit soil health and plant growth, and are readily available to them, it is said that they are bioavailable. The extent of bioavailability of nutrients and fertilizers applied to soil and plants determines their effectiveness in improving soil health and crop yield.

In addition to the 4Rs approach, the factors affecting this mineral nutrient bioavailability include, but are not limited to, parent material of the fertilizers; their oxidation (saddening) or reduction (making happy) state for plants; what kind of carrier they ride on (chelated or complexed); whether they are taking healthy treats (right source of carbons) to the host, its children, and workers (beneficial microbes); and whether that treat is a long-lasting one for everybody. If the coming guest (fertilizer) can help the hosts (plant and soil) to handle bad neighbors (insects, disease, weeds, etc.) and harsh circumstances (droughts, floods, wind, etc.), that is better yet. [Read more…]

Fall Is Fertil Humus® Time: 25% Discount

The best thing you can do to improve next year’s crop is to prep your soil before winter sets in. Your best tool for fall soil prep is Huma Gro® Fertil Humus®, which we’re offering at a 25% discount through the end of October .

It’s a well-accepted premise that keeping crop stubble in the field over winter helps prevent soil erosion and builds the healthy soil biology you’ll need for your next crop. In the past farmers have tilled the stubble in, which we now know disrupts soil structure and the essential microbiome. A much better solution is to leave the soil intact but help the stubble break down naturally with a boost from Huma Gro® Fertil Humus®. Continue Reading

The Huma Gro Farmer Podcast: Episode 9—Growing Premium Corn

Today on Episode 9 we’re talking about Growing Premium Corn with Huma Gro® Products. Our guests include Mr. Lyndon Smith, President and CEO of Bio Huma Netics, Inc.—the maker of Huma Gro®, Fertilgold® Organics, Mesa Verde Humates, and several other product lines—and Mr. Jason Garcia, Florida Sales Manager and Agronomist for Bio Huma Netics, Inc. Growing corn is quite a complicated topic, so in this podcast we walk through the typical growth cycle of corn and discuss the nutrients that are needed at each stage. We also discuss products that you might need because of common deficiencies or pests and products that you might want to add in order to achieve premium quality for your crop. We review the needs of both grain corn and sweet corn and discuss nutritional needs differences between the two.

Products Discussed

Micro Carbon Technology®, 44 Mag®, Activol®, Breakout®, Calcium, Cobalt, Copper, Crop-Gard®, D-Fend®, Fertil Humus®, Fertil Soil®, Fertilgold® XT, Fulvi Pro®, Golden Pro®, Huma Burst® 1–3 mm, Huma Burst® K Hume®, Huma Pro®, Jackpot®, Lucky 7®, Max Pak®, Molybdenum, Promax®, Proud 3®, Pur Cal®, Sulfur, Start-L™, Super Nitro®, Super Phos®, Super Potassium®, Vitol®, X-Tend®, Z-Max®, Zap®

Other Resources

Book mentioned during the podcast: For the Love of Soil, by Nicole Masters.

The Huma Gro Farmer Podcast: Episode 8—Tank-Mixing Fertilizers and Other Agrochemicals

Way too many growers are wasting agrochemical products or making products ineffective or even dangerous due to improper mixing. In Episode 8 of The Huma Gro Farmer Podcast we interview Dr. Mojtaba Zaifnejad, BHN Senior Director of Field Research and Technical Services, and Mr. Jason Garcia, BHN Florida Sales Manager and Agronomist, regarding best practices for mixing agrochemicals. Dr. Moj and Mr. Garcia discuss these practices from, respectively, the scientific and the practical “in-field” perspectives.

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Video: BHN Company Values

In this 4-minute video, BHN President/CEO Lyndon Smith speaks with us about BHN’s Company Values—Integrity, Win-Win-Win, Proactive Innovation, Relentless Pursuit of Excellence—and their impact on how we conduct business, treat our customers, and benefit the world.

 

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