Arizona Agribusiness Roundtable

We at BHN/Huma Gro® were very pleased to be a sponsor for the Arizona Agribusiness Roundtable on December 4 at the PERA Club in Tempe. This year’s roundtable was titled, “A National Perspective on Agriculture: The Farm Bill and You.”

The Agribusiness Roundtable is a collaborative effort by the Arizona Department of Agriculture and the Agribusiness & Water Council of Arizona, Inc. Established to develop a “collective,” proactive point of view about Arizona’s future, this third annual meeting focused discussion on the importance to Arizona and national agriculture stakeholders of export trade agreements, immigration reform for the farm workforce, and proposed regulations for the 2018 Farm Bill.

Guest speakers and roundtable participants were from a number of national agriculture associations, including the National Milk Producers Federation, National Grain & Feed Association, National Cotton Council, AmericanHort, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, United Egg Producers, Western Growers Association, and the National Pork Producers Council. Also featured were Dr. Barbara Glenn, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture; Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, UC Davis; Paul Schlegel, American Farm Bureau Federation; Tom Davis, President, Agribusiness & Water Council of Arizona; and Mark Killian, Director, Arizona Department of Agriculture (and member of the BHN Board of Directors).

More information is at https://www.agribusinessarizona.org/agribusiness-roundtable.html.

 

Fall Is Fertil Humus® Time

In a recent USDA blog, Spencer Miller states the case for “No-Till November”: Repeated tillage undermines the soil structure and reduces aggregate stability. It breaks down organic matter and drains carbon from the soil.” He quotes Neil Sass, a USDA agronomist, who described the dramatic effect tillage has on soil microbiology as “akin to an earthquake, tornado, and fire happening all at the same time.” And by not inflicting that kind of devastation on the microbiome, “when you have the support of trillions of microbes, you can grow more with less.”

Also, according to Sass, no-till allows the soil to absorb much more water and handle heavy rain, which keeps soil on the field and out of the watershed. He continues, “No-till will save you time and money. You’ll spend less time on your tractor. You’ll use less fuel. You’ll have less wear and tear on your equipment. No-till is a win-win for your soil and for your pocketbook.”

Which is not to say that there is nothing you can do in the fall to help prepare your soil for spring planting and fortify the microbiome. Our Huma Gro® Fertil Humus® product, when applied in the fall, can help degrade any crop residue or crop field trash that’s left behind and convert it to humus over the winter. It also stimulates microbial activity, especially mycorrhizal fungi that have a symbiotic relationship with plant roots. These fungi play a key role in freeing nutrients that are tied up in soil organic matter.

Fertil Humus® will buffer the toxicities of left-over pesticides, breaking their hydrocarbon chains to render them ineffective. It will also decrease phosphorus toxicity (e.g., from over-applied chicken manure) that can lead to zinc-manganese tie-up/deficiency.

For fall after-harvest field application, we recommend Fertil Humus® at 1–2 quarts/acre (2.5–5.0 liters/hectare) as a broadcast spray or flood or furrow irrigated. This will set up your soil for spring planting with better tilth, microbial activity, and nutrient availability.

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Huma Gro® Super Phos® on Corn 15x More Efficient than Conventional Phosphorus (10-34-0)

This field trial assessed the Phosphorus (P) efficacy of Huma Gro® Super Phos® on corn yield in comparison with the standard 10-34-0.

Huma Gro® Super Phos® at 1.225 GPA increased corn yield by 99.15 bu/ac in comparison with 10-34-0 at 18.38 GPA. This demonstrates Super Phos® to be 15 times more efficient than 10-34-0 at delivering phosphorus to corn and, at MSRP at the time of the trial, represented a 40% savings on fertilizer cost.

Achieving higher yield while using much less product (7.62 lb of P2O5 for Super Phos®, vs. 72.6 lb of P2O5 from the 10-34-0)has the added benefit of presenting much less opportunity for phosphorus soil-leaching and runoff into nearby water, thereby protecting the environment. It also facilitates sustainable agriculture through adherence to 4 R Nutrient Stewardship by applying the right source of plant nutrients at the right rate, at the right time, and in the right place.

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Global Fertilizer Day is October 13

On Global Fertilizer Day, agricultural professionals gather to celebrate the key role that fertilizer plays in meeting the growing global demand for nutritious and sustainably grown food.

Our growing global population depends on responsible agricultural practices to provide a steady supply of food. Modern fertilizer techniques are an essential part of this sustainable future, and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is invested in promoting best practices to help farmers improve their productivity and food nutrition.

Through innovative, science-based programs, like 4R Nutrient Stewardship, farmers can use fertilizer best management practices that offer enhanced environmental protection, increased production, increased farmer profitability, and improved sustainability.

The concept is to use the right fertilizer source, at the right rate, at the right time, and in the right place. When the 4Rs are put into practice, growers are able to achieve higher yields, lower input costs, and less nutrient losses to the environment.

Get involved with this year’s Global Fertilizer Day by visiting tfi.org/globalfertilizerday!


With Huma Gro® products you also get a 5th R, the Right Carbon Carrier! Our Micro Carbon Technology® provides a carbon-based nutrient carrier that makes our liquid fertilizers more efficient and effective than conventional products. Ask us how!

Pay Attention to Sulfur

A new article from Dr. Mike Stewart in Plant Nutrition Today (a publication of the International Plant Nutrition Institute), reminds us that “Sulfur (S) is an important component of a complete and balanced crop nutrition program and has justifiably gained more attention in recent years. Crop consultants and decision-makers are well advised to pay attention to S nutrition and the various factors that influence its availability and level of need.”

High-yielding forage crops such as alfalfa and hybrid bermudagrass remove more S than most grain crops and tend to be relatively responsive.

According to the article, soils containing less than 2% organic matter are most commonly S deficient, and coarse-textured soils are more likely to need S than finely textured soils.

Dr. Stewart states that, “Sulfur serves many functions in plant. It is used in the formation of amino acids, proteins, and oils. It is necessary for chlorophyll formation, promotes nodulation in legumes, helps develop and activate certain enzymes and vitamins, and is a structural component of 2 of the 21 amino acids that form protein.”

Read the entire article at http://www.ipni.net/publication/pnt-na.nsf/0/E751326443B50E4C85258133006F4513/$FILE/PNT-2017-Summer-02.pdf.

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Huma Gro® offers a liquid 10% Sulfur plant nutrition product derived from ammonium sulfate and complexed with Micro Carbon Technology® that can be soil applied or foliarly applied at the appropriate plant growth stage. Click here for our Sulfur product technical bulletin, or contact your local Huma Gro® sales representative for purchasing or more technical information.

Sili-Max® Limits Arsenic Uptake in Rice

Research Report

Research Conducted by: Luisella Celi, PhD, University of Torino, Italy

Rice (Oryza sativa) is the staple food for more than half the world’s population, feeding about 3.5 billion people. Compared with other crops, however, rice accumulates higher amounts of arsenic (As) due to its cultivation in flooded fields under anaerobic conditions. Arsenic is a toxic and carcinogenic element.

Decreasing As levels in the rice grain, particularly the more toxic inorganic forms (As [III] and As [V]) is, therefore, one of the main objectives of rice producers and policymakers. The European Commission has recently set a limit of As content in commercial rice to 200 µg kg-1 for white rice and to 100 µg kg-1 for baby food rice. Hence, it is essential to establish appropriate agronomic practices for reducing As accumulation in rice.

A promising practice is the application of silicon (Si) sources, since Si competes with As uptake at the root level. There are only a few efficient silicon sources in the market that limit As uptake by plants. Therefore, it is necessary to identify efficient fertilizers that are safe for the environment and food quality.

In this study, Huma Gro® Sili-Max® demonstrated its ability to supply rice plants with available Si while decreasing inorganic As content in the grain more significantly than the other tested Si sources. Sili-Max® proved to be a promising Si source not only for supplying Si but also for limiting plant uptake of inorganic As, one of the most toxic elements in rice products.

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Latest Edition of the BHN Newsletter, The Solution, Is Available

We love to hear stories from the people who use our products, and a number of those stories are included in this issue of The Solution. We begin with a report from Holden Research and Consulting on how use of certain Huma Gro® products on strawberries led to an ROI of over $3,400/acre. Amazing! Equally amazing is a report from Plant Sciences showing how effective Promax® is at controlling 8 strawberry pathogens. It seems that Huma Gro® and strawberries have an affinity for each other.

In our Probiotic Solutions® section we report on a case study involving a small town in New Mexico that was in need of reducing the sludge in its wastewater treatment system lagoon in order to meet state requirements. After 300 days of using Bio Energizer®, sludge was reduced to the point where the town had regained capacity to better handle the incoming flow and meet its permit requirements without dredging.

On the back page we share some videos out of Colombia, South America, from postings to the Huma Gro® groups on WhatsApp. Any story that involves a mule has got to be interesting, and the video showing hand foliar application of Breakout® on rice from San Jacinto del Cauca does not disappoint.

We also announce new Huma Gro® catalogs in English and Spanish, an updated Huma Gro® Turf catalog, and the launching of a Spanish version of our Huma Gro® blog at https://humagro.com/category/espanol/: We hope to use this blog to bring even more people into the Huma Gro® conversation.

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PROMAX® and PROUD 3® Video Testimonial from the Philippines

Roy Candelaria—representing Oracle Chemical Corporation in the Philippines—talks about his company being a pioneer in the organic movement and the important role played by Huma Gro® PROMAX® and PROUD 3®, particularly in the management of nematodes and clubroot (Plasmodiophora brassicae). “We have found no other existing products that can match Huma Gro®; the products are really effective plus they have zero re-entry.”

Products mentioned: PROMAX®, PROUD 3®, ZAP®

Crops: Pineapples, Potatoes

Roy Candelaria 2016 BHN World Conference from BHN_Vimeo on Vimeo.

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Huma Gro Program Increases Strawberry Yields 13%, With an ROI > $3,400/acre

Based on data collected by Holden Research and Consulting on a trial of Huma Gro® foliar programs on Portola Strawberries in Ventura County, Calif., the Huma Gro® treatment program resulted in both higher yields and a higher percentage of marketable yield than the grower’s standard program, resulting in an overall yield increase of 13%. This yield increase resulted in a return-to-the-farm increase of almost $3,500 more per acre, a 14% increase in dollars back to the farm. 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 8,226%.

It is recommended that in future strawberry trials, Huma Gro® product combinations be foliarly applied at 2-week intervals and alternate Vitol® and Breakout® in the product mixes.

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Bio Huma Netics, Inc., and Mesa Verde Resources Form Strategic Alliance

Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN)—an Arizona company that produces products under the Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® Turf, and Probiotic Solutions® brands—has recently formed an alliance with Reid Enterprises LLC, which does business as Mesa Verde Resources in New Mexico. Mesa Verde Resources is a humic substance mining company that produces, manufactures, and sells humic-acid and fulvic-acid products.

Other than access to a greater range of products, customers from the two companies should see no change in day-to-day operations. There will be no immediate change in personnel at either company, and the two companies will continue to operate separately under separate names for the immediate future.

This alliance is expected to facilitate a synergistic relationship between the BHN lines of agriculture, turf, and wastewater/soil remediation products and the Mesa Verde Resources line of humic and fulvic products for both domestic and international markets. While BHN has previously focused on a fraction of humic substances to extract the Micro Carbon Technology® used as a base for all its liquid products, the combined company will now offer its customers an even greater selection of dry and liquid products that includes MVR’s various formulations of humic and fulvic acids.

Bio Huma Netics has averaged over 20% growth per year over the last 10 years. With the Mesa Verde alliance, combined company sales are expected to increase by 30% in 2017.

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About Mesa Verde Resources 

Mesa Verde Resources (MVR) mines and manufactures high-quality New Mexico humates, with humic and fulvic acid products including granular products, powders for solution and suspension, and liquid humic and fulvic acids. MVR humates—mined from the Fruitland Formation of the San Juan Basin in Northwest New Mexico since 1975—are used extensively to increase crop quality and production and to improve and replenish depleted soils. Learn more at www.humates.com.

About Bio Huma Netics, Inc

Founded as Sunburst Mining Company in Mesa, Arizona in 1973, Bio Huma Netics, Inc., (BHN) is a global leader in providing sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental challenges for agriculture (HUMA GRO®); horticulture, turf & ornamentals (HUMA GRO® TURF); and soil & wastewater remediation (PROBIOTIC SOLUTIONS®) through its constantly improving proprietary Micro Carbon Technology®. Learn more at www.bhn.us.

Media/Customer Contact: 1-800-961-1220

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