Humates: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Jul 31, 2018

Humates: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

When a farmer evaluates which type of soil is the best the rule of thumb that they go on is that the blacker the soil the more fertile it is.  There is a lot of truth to this as black soil contains higher levels of humates; which help the plant absorb nutrients, reduce soil compaction and give a food source to soil microbes.  While they occur naturally in soil they're also present in some geological deposits such as Leonardite.  The product of these deposits can be added to artificial mediums, hydroponics, or poor quality soil to enhance the fertility of the media or soil.
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