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For the health of your soil: Humates are the perfect complement for increased efficiency of fertilisers when using your Tow and Fert. 

For the health of your soil: Humates are the perfect complement for increased efficiency of fertilisers when using your Tow and Fert. 

Humates are a pure form of organic matter, resulting from an accumulation of decayed forest and other carbon rich plant material that have been compressed and preserved over the ages. They are high in carbon, natural minerals and two powerful bioactive acids, humic and fulvic acid. Humates stimulate microbial activity within the soil, which increases bacteria and fungi levels, leading to improving plant quality, better yields, and greater productivity. 

The benefits of humic acid and fulvic acid can be grouped into 5 main categories… 

Physical Benefits 

  • Increase the water holding capacity of soil 
  • Improves drought resistance of soil 
  • Helps to retain water soluble inorganic fertiliser and mineral substances. 
  • Enhances the uptake of nitrogen by plants 
  • Reduces the availability of toxic substances in soil 

Chemical Benefits 

  • Improves and optimises uptake of nutrients and water holding capacity 
  • Stimulates plant growth with its rich organic and mineral substances 
  • Helps to retain water soluble inorganic fertilisers in the root zone 
  • Enhances the uptake of nitrogen by plants 
  • Reduces the availability of toxic substances in soils. 

Biological Benefits 

  • Stimulates plant enzymes and increases their production 
  • Stimulates growth and proliferation of desirable micro-organisms in soil 
  • Enhances plant’s natural resistance against diseases and pesticides. 
  • Stimulates root growth, especially vertically and enables better nutrient uptake 
  • Increases vitamin and mineral content of the plants 
  • Thickens cells walls in fruit and prolongs their storage and shelf life 
  • Increases germination and viability of the seeds 
  • Stimulates plant growth 
  • Increases quality of yields – improves their physical appearance and nutritional value. 

Economic Benefits 

Humic acids chelate nutrient compounds in the soil, especially iron, into a form suitable for plant utilization, optimizing the plant’s nutrient supply.  This promotes up to 70% increase in yield, accompanied by a reduction of up to 30% in the use of fertilisers and pesticides. This results in better and healthier growth of green grass, ornaments, agricultural crops, and trees. Additionally, the regular application of quality humic acids increases water holding capacity of soils, substantially reducing the need for irrigation. 

Ecological Benefits 

Humates reduce water contamination.  Soils with a high content of humic acids encourage minimal nitrate leaching and optimise nutrient efficiency.  A well-developed root system, which is achieved by high a content of humic acids, prevents nitrate and pesticides from mixing in with ground water. 

Often growers use more fertiliser than plants can take up.  This leads to high nitrate concentration in the soil, which is later found in ground water, causing water contamination. 

Humic acids are able to decrease high salt content in soils and resulting toxicities.  Especially the NH4 toxicity of fertilisers containing ammonia, which is reduced and of great importance for young plants.  Generally, humic acids reduce root burning which comes about through excessive salt concentrations in soils after fertilisation.   

Humic acids are an effective means to fight against soil erosion. This is achieved by increasing the ability of soil colloids to combine and enhance root systems and plant development. Humic acid and its benefits have been certified by many International Organic Agriculture Institutions. 

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