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Humic Acid vs. Fertilizers

Many people are confused when it comes to Humic Acids.  Is it a fertilizer?  If not, what exactly is it?

Humic Acids are best classified as a soil conditioner, making poor soils good and making good soils excellent.  These acids work best as they are applied in conjunction with fertilizers, creating ideal growing conditions.  They complement fertilizers, resulting in more efficient use of the fertilizer and the costs required in its use.

Humics Work in Conjunction with Fertilizers

Although Humic Acids are not fertilizers, they may be added to complement any fertilizer prescription. While fertilizers are analyzed with respect to their content of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potash or Potassium (N-P-K). Humic Acids are measured on the basis of their humus content.  In our case, that value is more than 80%.

Humic Acids Can Increase Fertilizer Effectiveness

Even if your soil is in marginal condition, Humic Acids can improve its performance.  Although fertilizer provides a good source of nutrients to plants, it rarely offers any benefits to the soil.  When Humic Acids are applied to sandy soil, they help it retain water and they provide organic matter, both of which are essential to good plant growth.  Some fertilizers are mobile within soil, potentially leaching out of root zones in sandy soil.  These fertilizers can be held for longer periods of time in the root zone with the assistance of granular Humic Acids, which will allow plants to absorb more nutrients.  In compacted soils or hard pan, adding Humic Acid can help break up such soils, allowing the available nutrients to reach deeper into the root zone.

It is well-known that fertilizer is an essential input for any cropping system.  Humic acids allow growers to increase the efficiency of applied fertilizers through an increase in nutrient retention and uptake.  Additionally, Humic Acids offer the benefits of adding organic matter to soils that are deficient, increasing the vitality of roots, promoting better germination of seeds, increasing the synthesis of chlorophyll, stimulating the activity of beneficial microbes, and creating an overall environment of improved yields through healthier plants.  Humic Acids also help in releasing nutrients such as phosphorus that can be bound up in the soil itself.


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