Black Gypsum DG Now Available In Canada

The Andersons Plant Nutrient Group is proud to announce that our Black Gypsum DG™ product is now registered [as Black Gypsum] as a supplement with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). This Canadian regulatory certification complies with the requirements and standards of the CFIA fertilizer and supplement laws, making Black Gypsum DG available to the Canadian market.

Black Gypsum DG also carries an OMRI listing and California Organic Material certification for organic use in the United States.

Black Gypsum DG is a calcium sulfate dihydrate and humic acid based soil-applied supplement, designed to enhance soil microbial activity and increase the uptake of applied nutrients. Black Gypsum DG addresses soil issues like soil salinity and high bicarbonates levels.

Black Gypsum DG’s combination of mined gypsum and humate in one, homogenous prill provides sources of available calcium, sulfur and humic acid. This product is especially helpful with annual crops that have a high calcium requirement or an immediate need for calcium due to a soil deficit.

Patented Dispersing Granule (DG) Technology provides dry, spherical, easy to apply granules that dissolve quickly on soil surface into thousands of micro particles upon contact with soil moisture or irrigation. This technology allows for reduced application rates, as compared to other agricultural-grade gypsum products, making Black Gypsum DG a very economical soil amendment.

Black Gypsum DG can be applied through a wide range of application methods: variable rate technology (VRT) equipment, in-furrow, bedding, broadcast and strip tillage.

Black Gypsum DG can be blended in all fertilizer materials, including urea. It can also be blended with nursery and greenhouse soil mixes.

Black Gypsum DG has a wide range of applications, including: fruit and vegetables, row crop agriculture, greenhouse, fine turf, and ornamental uses.

For more information on Black Gypsum DG and the rest of our complete range of humic solutions, visit our products page.

Introducing UltraMate LQ®

We are happy to announce the expansion of our humic product line to include UltraMate LQ — a sulfonated potassium humate liquid.

UltraMateLQ_ProductShotZoomWebUltraMate LQ completely mixes when added directly to liquid fertilizer, micronutrient or pesticide formulations over a wide range of pH values. The compatibility of UltraMate LQ allows the user to apply this humate using application methods which are unacceptable for conventional products—directly into tank mixes, drip irrigation and onto acid soils.

UltraMate LQ allows plants to utilize applied N, P, and micronutrients more efficiently, reducing leaching and improving soil structure.

UltraMate LQ provides the following benefits:

    • Wide range of pH compatibility: 2-12
    • Compatible with liquid fertilizer, micronutrient or pesticide formulations
    • Wide range of application methods: foliar spray, soil application, drip irrigation, water run or hydroponically
    • Up-front availability of humic and fulvic acids
    • Increases seed germination and nutrient availability

Application Information
UltraMate LQ can be used in both soil and foliar applications, at 1-3 gal/acre. For more detailed application information, click here.

The Andersons Humic Solutions
Our complete range of humic products now includes a number of solutions, each with varying degrees of humic substances (or fractions):

Product Humic Substances (Fractions)
UltraMate LQ Fulvic Acid, Humic Acid
UltraMate SG Fulvic Acid, Humic Acid
K-Mate SG Fulvic Acid, Humic Acid
Humic DG Fulvic Acid, Humic Acid, Humin
Black Gypsum DG Fulvic Acid, Humic Acid, Humin

All of our humic products offer the grower who uses (or wants to start using) humic acids the opportunity to easily incorporate humic acid in to most production schemes, whether blended in fertilizer or direct applied.

For more information on our complete line of products, visit our products page.


Amy Schroeder is the Research Agronomist for The Andersons, Inc. Plant Nutrient Group, with a focus on high-tech, high-value solutions for the professional turf, horticulture and agriculture markets.

Questions for Amy? Click here.

Humic DG & Black Gypsum DG Certified as Organic Input Material in California

CDFA-seal-7cm-4col-spacingWe are proud to announce that our Humic DG™ and Black Gypsum DG™ products are now certified as an Organic Input Material (OIM) in the state of California. This California regulatory certification complies with the requirements of the National Organic Program standards.

Both Humic DG and Black Gypsum DG also carry OMRI listings for organic use.

Humic DG and Black Gypsum DG are humic acid based, soil-applied amendment solutions designed to enhance soil microbial activity and increase the uptake of applied nutrients. Patented Dispersing Granule (DG) Technology provides dry, spherical, and easy to apply granules that dissolve quickly into thousands of micro particles upon contact with water.

Humic DG and Black Gypsum DG can be applied through variable rate technology (VRT) equipment, or direct applied in the in-furrow, bedding, broadcast or strip tillage methods. Humic DG and Black Gypsum DG can also be blended in all fertilizers materials, including urea.

Humic DG and Black Gypsum DG can be used in a wide range of applications including blending with fertilizer for fruit and vegetables, row crop agriculture, greenhouse, fine turf, and ornamental uses.

For more information on Humic DG, Black Gypsum DG and the rest of our complete range of humic solutions, visit our products page.

About the Organic Input Material (OIM) Program
The Organic Input Material (OIM) Program registers fertilizing materials to be used in organic crop and food production. The program is mandated by the Legislature and supported by the industry. Products claiming to be appropriate for use in organic production are verified to comply with the California Fertilizing Materials Law and Regulations and USDA National Organic Program Standards. Effective January 2012, OIM’s distributed in California shall be registered with the FMIP.

About The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)
The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) supports organic integrity by providing organic certifiers, growers, manufacturers, and suppliers an independent review of products intended for use in certified organic production, handling, and processing. OMRI is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1997. When companies apply, OMRI reviews their products against the organic standards. Acceptable products are OMRI Listed® and appear on the OMRI Products List© or OMRI Canada Products List©. OMRI also provides technical support and training for professionals in the organic industry. For more information, visit www.omri.org.

Introducing K-Mate SG – Featuring Soluble Granule Technology

Following the 2014 launch of Humic DGTM, Black Gypsum DGTM and UltraMate SGTM, we are happy to announce the further expansion of our humic product line to include K-Mate SGTM – a super concentrated soluble granule formulation of potassium humate.

Featured in K-Mate SG and UltraMate SG, Soluble Granule (SG) Technology is part of The Andersons “tool box” of humic solutions aimed at improving both handling and performance. SG Technology is a unique method of concentrating humic acids and other nutrients in a water soluble formula.

Products featuring SG Technology make “hard to handle” nutrients easy to use and quick to dissolve, when combined with water or liquid fertilizers.

The advantages of soluble granules include:

  • Easy to mix and rapidly solubilize
  • Highly concentrated, reducing shipping and storage costs, compared to liquid formulations
  • Can be applied through a variety of liquid application equipment

The latest addition to the SG family of products is K-Mate SG – a value-added product that is complementary to UltraMate SG.

K-Mate SG is a 99% humic acid product from potassium humate, in a soluble granule (SG) form. These granules can be mixed in water to create a liquid potassium humate product, similar to liquid humic acids in the marketplace. K-Mate SG granules dissolve rapidly in solutions ranging from 6-12 pH, and store well over time in solution.

By comparison, 1.0 pound of K-Mate SG in one gallon of water is equivalent to one gallon of 12% liquid humic acid.

K-Mate SG uses include:

  • Drip irrigation
  • Fertigation
  • 2×2 application
  • Spray application
  • Hydro seeding
  • Root injection

Our complete range of humic products now includes a number of solutions, each with varying degrees of humic substances (or fractions):

Product Humic Substances (Fractions)
UltraMate SG Fulvic Acid, Humic Acid
K-Mate SG Fulvic Acid, Humic Acid
Humic DG Fulvic Acid, Humic Acid, Humin
Black Gypsum DG Fulvic Acid, Humic Acid, Humin

All of our humic products offer the grower who uses (or wants to start using) humic acids the opportunity to easily incorporate humic acid in to most production schemes, whether blended in fertilizer or direct applied.

For more information on our complete line of products, visit our products page.


John Pope is a Territory Manager for The Andersons, Inc. Turf & Specialty Group, with a focus on high-tech, high-value solutions for the professional turf, horticulture and agriculture markets. John has been in the Plant Nutrient Industry for 33 years. He can be reached at: john_pope@andersonsinc.com.

Humic DG – Now Available in Canada

The Andersons, Inc. Turf & Specialty Group is pleased to announce that Humic DG is now available to customers in the Canadian turf, agriculture and horticulture markets.

HumicDGLogoWithDGListed as a Registered Supplement by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Humic DG is a dispersing granule humic acid product that provides a full complement of humic substances including fulvic, humic and humin acids.

Humic acid is a natural soil conditioner that acts as an organic chelator and microbial stimulator. It has a unique carbon matrix which includes a high concentration of trace minerals and organic acids. As a result of these properties, humic acid enhances the plant’s ability to take in essential nutrients and improve soil structure.

“The Andersons dispersing granule technology enhances the efficiency of Humic DG by four-times versus conventional dry humates,” says Chuck Anderson, Director of Professional Products, Turf & Specialty Group. “The Andersons dust free, spherical, ultra-dry granules are easy to handle and apply, and can be blended with a variety of dry fertilizers including urea.”

With nine patents in its dispersing granule portfolio, The Andersons continues to invest in technology that provides solutions for its customers in the U.S. and internationally.

The Andersons dispersible products are designed to deliver nutrients and pest control chemicals directly into the soil. Upon contact with water each granule disperses into thousands of micro particles that move directly into the root zone. The dispersible granule is designed to reduce problems with run-off and mechanical pick up, which increases efficiency.

Dispersing granule technology is marketed under the brands of Contec DG®, Nutri DG®, DGLite®, and Humic DG™.

For more information on Humic DG and The Andersons’ complete line of humic products, click here.

 

 

Air Seeders: The Ideal Humic Acid Delivery Tool

One of the hottest topics of conversation this Spring between growers and our sales team has been the application of our Humic DG through an air seeder. Many growers are having success with Humic DG in both in-furrow or sideband applications.

But why keep all of this knowledge to ourselves? I wanted to take a few moments to share some of the thoughts behind air seeder applications of Humic DG on small grain, soybean and oil seed production.

Why an Air Seeder?
Air seeders (or air drills) have been used in small grain and oil seed production since the early 1980’s, and have been popular with medium and large producers. More recently, they have been modified for use with a wider range of crops, including vegetables and corn silage planting.

The beauty of an air seeder is in the precision it commands with the placement of nutrients (including humates) and seeds. The more precise the placement of humate in relation to the seed, the greater the opportunity to maximize the benefits of humic acid; benefits that shouldn’t be ignored — improved water retention and nutrient uptake, and greater root development.

These benefits, coupled with the technology and superior handling characteristics Humic DG provides, make an “air seeder + Humic DG” application the ideal way to ensure that both soil AND seed are receiving the humic acid they need.

What Makes Humic DG Ideal for an Air Seeder?
Let’s agree that the best way to incorporate humates into a planting scheme is with an in-furrow or a sideband application. With that being said, granular humates have historically caused headaches in this regard, as their less than ideal handling characteristics have made them difficult to manage in seeding or fertilizer blending operations.

Enter Humic DG. With its engineered, spherical particles, growers tell us that Humic DG accentuates all of the major advantages of an air seeder; that the free-flowing homogeneous product allows for the precision placement and maximum uptake of humic acid.

The DG Advantage
Featuring our patented Dispersing Granule (DG) Technology, Humic DG represents a unique, high-tech humic solution; one that’s taylor made for air seeder applications. On contact with soil moisture, each DG granule releases thousands of sub-particles into the immediate vicinity of the seed – taking precision humic acid delivery to the next level. Also found in Black Gypsum DG (humic acid + natural gyspum), DG technology is the most efficient way to make all three humic substances (fulvic acids, humic acids and humins) quickly available to both soil and seed.

Are There Cost Savings Involved?
I’ll let the numbers speak for themselves. Air seeders, in both sideband and in-furrow applications of Humic DG, allow the grower to maximize humic acid delivery rates at an economical input cost. The majority of the growers we’ve spoken with are utilizing air seeders to apply Humic DG at a rate of 5-10 lbs. per acre (in-furrow). At this rate, Humic DG is delivering up to 6x the amount of humic acid, compared to one gallon of 12% liquid humic acid, at a similar cost/acre.

Is There Still Time in 2014?
If you’re already utilizing air seeder technology in your operation, consider Humic DG and Black Gypsum DG as your humic acid sources. The precision of an air seeder + the efficiency of DG technology means big advantages for you AND your plants.

While yes, the year is almost halfway through, there is still time to capture the benefits of Humic DG & Black Gypsum DG with applications in 2014. Double crop soybeans and small grain plantings will benefit from a late summer or a fall application, as both products can be applied directly, or blended with a granular, starter fertilizer.


John Pope is a Territory Manager for The Andersons, Inc. Turf & Specialty Group, with a focus on high-tech, high-value solutions for the professional turf, horticulture and agriculture markets. John has been in the Plant Nutrient Industry for 33 years. He can be reached at: john_pope@andersonsinc.com.

Introducing Black Gypsum

Authored by John Pope

In the Spring of 2013, we focused our communications on a few things: 1) the upside to including humic acid in your nutrition program, and 2) the advantages of Humic DG over other soil amendment products.

This summer, The Andersons Turf & Specialty Group launched a second product in our humates line – Black Gypsum DG.

Black Gypsum DG is a dry, dispersing granular product, and is composed of 70% gypsum and 30% humate. In addition to generous amounts of calcium (12%) and sulfur (8.9%), Black Gypsum DG delivers 21% humic acid in every application.

I am often asked: “Why Black Gypsum DG over other types of standard gypsum?”

  • First, our gypsum source is calcium sulfate di-hydrate (CaSO4·2H2O), which is more water soluble than the anhydrite form (CaSO4) because it has two extra water molecules. These extra molecules make calcium and sulfur more quickly available to the plant – as soon as Black Gypsum DG enters the soil solution.
  • Along with the dispersing granule technology and the di-hydrate form of calcium, a plant receiving a Black Gypsum DG application can begin utilizing the nutrients in hours, rather than in days or weeks, as with the the anhydrite form.
  • The quick-acting humate found in Black Gypsum DG provides further chelating of applied and existing nutrients, increasing their availability to the plant.
  • Applying gypsum and humate jointly also helps to improve soil structure.

Also like its “older brother” Humic DG, Black Gypsum DG contains two forms of organic carbon available to the plant: a plant derived carbon source and a bio-organic derived source. Together, these two sources of organic carbon have been shown to increase soil carbon, chelate macro and micro nutrients, increase CEC and stimulate beneficial soil biology.

With irrigation or precipitation, Black Gypsum DG, with its Dispersing Granule (DG) Technology, delivers calcium and sulfur directly into the soil, without changing soil pH.

Here are some other Black Gypsum highlights:

  • Contains two naturally-occuring materials in one, homogenous prill
  • Acts as a flushing agent for soils with high salt levels
  • Increases soil CEC to improve nutrient performance
  • Relieves soil compaction

Let’s Talk Economics
Black Gypsum DG applied at 10 lbs/acre in-furrow provides 2x the humic acid as 1 gallon of 12% liquid humic acid for about two thirds less the cost. Pound for pound, Black Gypsum DG provides more available humic acid than most liquid humic acids.

Calcium, sulfur and 2x the amount of applied humic acid as a 12% liquid humic acid product — what’s not to love?! Black Gypsum DG offers economics and agronomics in one, homogenous package.

For Black Gypsum product listings, make your way to our Products page.

Interested in trying Black Gypsum DG for yourself? Click here.


John Pope is a Territory Manager for The Andersons, Inc. Turf & Specialty Group, with a focus on high-tech, high-value solutions for the professional turf, horticulture and agriculture markets. John has been in the Plant Nutrient Industry for 33 years. He can be reached at: john_pope@andersonsinc.com.

Humic Acids: Hydrophilic or Hydrophobic?

Authored by John Pope

The past few weeks have been interesting, in that I’m hearing some of the same questions on my Spring travels that were being asked during my Winter trade show circuit.

There seems to be a great deal of chatter in the trade press and in trade advertising about humic acids causing water repellency in turf, especially in sand-based or constructed root zones.

In these ads, and in some discussions around “black layer,” the term “organic acids” is used very loosely. I have long felt that “organic acids” was a misunderstood term when related to bio-stimulants. We can have too much organic matter (thatch) but there cannot be too much humus in a soil. By definition, humic and fulvic acids are “organic acids.”

Most of the “organic acids” implicated in the coating of soil particles in trade advertising and press are created by pathogens in oxygen-poor (or hypoxic) soil environments. Hypoxic soils can lead to black layer, the organic acids becoming non-beneficial and hydrophobic (resistant to or avoiding wetting). Most of the “organic acids” illustrations of humic substances as hydrophobic molecules do not at all resemble actual humic or fulvic acid molecules from humates. Humates do not coat soil particles, but are actually held in soil solution.

The beneficial “organic acids” created by humic substances are extremely hydrophilic (or having a strong affinity for water). The polycyclic functional groups of humic acid molecules hold or “chelate” water. Humates actually hold many times their weight in moisture and they are not repellant, even when dry. This makes humic acids hydrophilic, not hydrophobic (resistant to or avoiding wetting).

For an example of humic substances remediating hydrophicity in soil, check out the article entitled “Remediation of Fire-Induced Hydrophobicity,” found here. This study details the after effects of a fire that burned through the San Bernadino National Forest in 2003. After wild fires, forest soils are strongly hydrophobic, in most cases making regeneration less than successful. This study details the remediation practices that were utilized to overcome post-fire hydrophicity.

Studies like this illustrate the fact that applications of a granular humic substance with a humate base have the ability to resolve hydrophobicity issues in short order.

Products like Humic DG, with its humate base, have the ability to support water movement through soil columns, and deal with water repellency by chelating soil moisture.


John Pope is a Territory Manager for The Andersons, Inc. Turf & Specialty Group, with a focus on high-tech, high-value solutions for the professional turf, horticulture and agriculture markets. John has been in the Plant Nutrient Industry for 33 years. He can be reached at: john_pope@andersonsinc.com.

World Ag Expo: It’s All About Agriculture!

Safety. Education. Sustainability. These seem to be the bywords of today’s grower.

The Andersons’ Humates team will be attending the 2013 World Ag Expo in Tulare, California (February 12-14, 2013), to discuss our Humic DG soil amendments and our dispersible granule technology, promoting sustainability and precision nutrient use.

World Ag Expo is the world’s largest annual agricultural exposition. More than 1,400 exhibitors display the latest in farm equipment, communications and technology on 2.5 million square feet of exhibit space. Free seminars focus on a variety of topics important to dairy producters, farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness professionals.

Originally named “Tulare’s Field and Row Crop Equipment Show,” it quickly outgrew its name, and became the “California Farm Equipment Show,” for the second show in 1969. In 1972, the first foreign manufacturers began displaying their products, leading to another name change, “California Farm Equipment Show and International Exposition.” The current name, “World Ag Expo,” was adopted in 2001.

For more information on the World Ag Expo, including exhibitor lists, a schedule of seminars, and live webcams from the show, visit www.worldagexpo.com.

 

Humic Substances – What’s all the Buzz About?

Precision agriculture has utilized digital and other technology to change the face of modern agriculture and to move crop productivity forward. Humic substances are the latest line of tools designed to maximize the effects of precision agriculture on crop production.

The Beginning of the Green Revolution
Post World War II, there was a successful attempt to understand soils, plant nutrition and plant nutrient sources, and to develop plant nutrients with higher nutrient analysis and greater efectiveness. The USDA, the Land Grant Universities, and the agricultural industry pioneered serious scientific research into plant nutrition and soil conservation. This was the beginning of the other “Green Revolution” – the aim to feed the world’s population.

Another movement forward to increase world food and feed resources was in the 1990’s – early 2000’s. Advances were made in modern agricultural genetics and crops, with the ability to overcome specific pest issues, specific herbicide resistance and increase yield potential.

Throughout the period of the quest for growth in agricultural productivity, University and Industry researchers were working to improve plant nutrition, fertilizer and soil amendment sources, and the understanding of plants’ responses to them. This research led to an new area of study in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s: understanding the role of humates and humic substances as soil amendments in agricultural nutrition.

As the next push in precision agriculture emerges, research is focused on (among others things) ways to use plant nutrients and water resources in a sustainable way, continuing to feed the world’s growing population.

The (Well-Recognized) Benefits of Humates & Humic Acids
Humates and Humic Acids are soil amendments that affect soil microbial activity, soil chemistry, plant nutrition and water use. They influence the plant’s ability to better utilize nutrients from soil and to manage water use within the plant, and affect the plant’s physiologic process to alter soil pH and tilth.

Because of these properties, humic substances (such as humates), along with precision nutrient management, have important roles to play in precision agriculture.

Introducing Humic DG
With advancing plant nutrient technology in mind, we introduced The Andersons Humic DG – The Next Generation of Humic Acid.

Humic DG utilizes our patented Dispersing Granule (DG) Technology, providing an ideal vehicle to deliver nutrients and soil amendments compatible with modern precision agriculture. Humic DG is a dry granular dispersing source of humic acid. As a soil amendment, Humic DG disperses and self-incorporates into the soil upon application.

While other competitive dry humates and powders contain a single bio-organic based carbon source, Humic DG contains two forms of organic carbon available to the plant: a plant derived carbon source and a bio-organic derived source. Together, these two sources of organic carbon have been shown to increase soil carbon, chelate macro and micro nutrients, increase CEC and stimulate beneficial soil biology.

Humic DG is dispersible, biological, spreadable and blendable.