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NRCS Science of Healthy Soils
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Humates, Soil Fertility and Organic Farming
Article written by Sam Uffindell
Humates have been around since the dawn of time and are seeing a renaissance in agricultural use. Humates are soft coal deposits that are carbon dense, rich in humic substances, including humic and fulvic acids, and are regarded by agronomists as one of the most important components in building soil fertility. Consumer preferences, government regulations, environmental sustainability and evolving farming practices are all contributing to a shift towards cleaner, more sustainable methods of agricultural production. Humates can play a key role in helping to improve our soil and meet consumer, regulatory and environmental requirements.
2020 Research into impacts of low frequency electromagnetic fields in nature
In the context of sought-after advances in productivity and product quality in New Zealand agriculture, we pose the question – are there new technologies capable of achieving these seemingly conflicting demands sustainably and eco-friendly that we are unaware of?
In June 2020 a research paper “In-VitroActivation of Microbial GrowthinLow Frequency Electromagnetic Fields” published in the Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, concluded “the use of low frequency electromagnetic fields has a direct stimulus effect on the microbial development of Trichoderma asperelloides, Pisolithus microcarpus, Suillus sp. and Bradyrhizobium japonicum” [these are beneficial microorganisms]. This study was following on from earlier research dating back to 2004 Potenza et al; Goa et al, 2005; Buchachenko and Kuznetsov 2014; Pospisilova 2015; showing that exposure of microorganisms to different intensities of electromagnetic fields can result in significant increases in the development and activity of these microorganisms…