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Carbon, one of the essential building blocks of all organic life, acts as the keystone for all physical, chemical and biological processes in soil. Carbon-based soil organic matter acts as a reservoir for nutrients, aids in water storage, and provides a home for beneficial soil microbes. Its importance cannot be denied.

Much like the important roles nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium play in plant health, carbon can actually act as a limiting nutrient if not maintained properly. With turfgrass constantly depleting carbon banks in soil, returning carbon can be a crucial step in building stronger, healthier turf.

The Value of Humic Substances
Soil organic matter consists of plant and animal residues at various stages of decomposition. As much as 80% of this material is represented by humic substances, a highly-reactive, carbon-rich material that is recognized by most soil scientists and agronomists as the most important component of a healthy, fertile soil.

Humic substances provide many benefits to both soil and plants, increasing soil microbial life, boosting cation exchange capacity (CEC) to prevent nutrient leaching, and improving water holding capacity. This results in enhanced nutrient uptake, improved rooting, and healthier, stronger plants.

Our Carbon Solutions
We’ve been building carbon into our product offering for more than twenty years. Our innovative line of carbon-rich inputs is designed to improve nutrient efficiency, enhance root development, and shorten production cycles.

  • 70% humic acid granules
  • OMRI listed
  • Contains fulvic acid, humic acid, and humin
  • Enhances nutrient efficiency, retention, and cation exchange capacity
  • Features Dispersing Granule (DG) Technology -- dust-free particles rapidly disperse upon contact with moisture
  • Usage: field grown, container, landscape, greenhouse
  • Application timing: season-long
  • Incorporation rate: 1-3 lbs/yd3
  • Topdress rate: 6-12 g/ft2

  • 30% humic acid granules
  • OMRI listed
  • A 50/50 blend of humic acid and biochar
  • Provides a carbon food source for soil microorganisms
  • Enhances soil porosity and increases water holding capacity
  • Provides karrikins, which boost roots and aid in seed germination

  • 10% humic acid granules
  • OMRI listed
  • Adjusts soil/soil media pH quicker than standard gypsum
  • Allows soil nutrients to become more plant available
  • Enhances the soil’s ability to hold nutrients
  • Contains the complete spectrum of carbon and humic substances
  • Features Dispersing Granule (DG) Technology -- dust-free particles rapidly disperse upon contact with moisture
  • Usage: field grown, container, landscape, greenhouse
  • Application timing: season-long
  • Incorporation rate: 8-12 lbs/yd3
  • Topdress rate: 6-12 g/ft2
  • 70% humic acid soluble granules
  • Useful as a sprayable application or fertigation application
  • Apply as a soil drench, with benefits of granular humic application
  • Perfect for automated greenhouse growers
  • Provides the benefits of Humic DG in a soluble form
  • Usage: field grown, container, landscape, greenhouse
  • Application timing: season-long
  • Spray rate: 1-3 bags/acre
  • Topdress rate: 6-12 g/ft2

 

  • 40-0-0 granules
  • Features Humic Coated Urea (HCU®) as a base
  • Polymer coating extends nitrogen release (70 days)
  • Delivers significantly higher total root length, surface area, and volume*
  • Provides higher levels of plant-available nitrogen**
  • Usage: field grown, container, landscape, greenhouse
  • Application timing: season-long
  • Incorporation rate: 2.9-5.8 lbs/yd3
  • Topdress rate: 50 g/ft2

* Compared to urea applications alone.
** Compared to other controlled release nitrogen sources.


 
© 2023 The Andersons, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Humic DG, Black Gypsum DG, UltraMate is a registered trademarks of The Andersons, Inc. CharX and PCHCU are trademarks of The Andersons, Inc.

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About the Author

Ben Pease, PhD

Ben Pease is the Agronomist for The Andersons Turf & Specialty business, responsible for research, service, and technical support. Ben received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin, and earned his doctorate degree from Iowa State University. Ben has also served as the Assistant Superintendent for Cherokee Country Club (Madison, WI) and Whistling Straits Golf Courses (Sheboygan, WI). 

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