What is Humate?


At the most basic level, humate is organic matter that makes up humus, the main organic fraction of soil. Humic substances are present in all soils and sediments that build up in the earth and contain humic acids, which have long been touted for their benefits to soil and plant health. Fulvic acid is a part of humic acid, and they are sometimes used synonymously.

General benefits of humic acids include adding nutrient value to soils, improving water holding capacity and nutrient retention, stimulating root growth, improving plant growth, boosting seed germination and having a lower cost than other conventional soil products.

Our Humate Deposit

Our products are made from a natural supply of humic acid material found in Coastal Georgia. The deposit is a unique natural blend of organic matter that was deposited in a bowl shaped depression hundreds of thousands of years ago. Like all humates and humic acids, the resource comes from organic compounds like plant and animal matter remains that have been breaking down over eons, creating a carbon-rich vein of humic acid and fulvic acid. This resource lies just below the surface, but this deposit has never been compressed as some others have.

This means the humic material didn’t harden over the years. Like many of the earth’s mineral resources, humate is found in various qualities. Some very large deposits aren’t the best quality, while others are rich. The area that supplies our products is particularly good because of its age (not too young, not too old) and biological makeup.

Humates Definition

Humates are a complicated mixture of compounds, but people have recognized for hundreds of years that plants grow better with humus. Native Americans used it; early settlers from Europe followed their example.

“Humic substances, the major components of soil organic matter, are important to agricultural areas such as soil chemistry, biology, and fertility, as well as environmental quality. The multiple parts played by these materials can greatly benefit plant growth. Examples are their contributions in plant growth enhancement, increasing fertilizer efficiency, or reducing soil compaction” USDA Report

In modern times, people harvest and use humic material for its ability to remediate pollution. Humates act as an organic surfactant to detoxify contamination. That’s why the resource in Coastal Georgia was first tapped.

Humic Acid Applications

Many poultry farmers across the country rely on Southland Organics products to provide a natural solution to a natural problem through humic acid products. Keeping the chickens’ environment clean of ammonia is important to the health of the birds, and Southland’s carbon-rich compounds do just that.

Those same compounds help to restore depleted soil fertility, replenishing nutrients and improving plant health, root growth and seed germination. Learn more about our humic acid lawn and garden products here.

What’s in the humic acid deposit?

humate soil conditioner

The humate material in our deposit is primarily organic carbon with some nitrogen (1.76% nitrogen, according to tests), as well as small amounts of phosphorous and potassium. It also has small amounts of calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, zinc, copper and sulfur needed for plant life. These elements are in a form from which plants can absorb them.

The humic material includes minerals like calcium and magnesium, which plants absorb as a foliar fertilizer and which aids in absorption of other nutrients at the root. With a carbon makeup that is 60% marine animal carbon and 40% vegetative carbon compounds, the deposit is more complex and superior to other, mostly vegetative sources.

Also present is a rich supply of cypress lignin. The lignin serves as a high-level food source for the good fungi in your soil. It strengthens plant cell walls and enhances soil nutrients.


Our Humate Products: The "Secret Ingredients"


Beneficial Microbes

The added beneficial microbes in our products help decompose residual pesticides and herbicides and unlock bound nutrients in the soil. This makes nutrients available to plants in simpler, more easily absorbed forms. Microbes amplify conventional programs by making your inputs work harder for longer. Adding beneficial microbes to soil has been shown to improve soil structure and help break up clay soils.

Organic Acids

Organic acids and top-quality, organic carbon work to break surface tension of compacted soils and deliver oxygen to the root zone. Grass and plants grows deeper roots in oxygenated soil, helping it resist disease and overtake weeds.

Active Carbon

Carbon is the main building block of all organic life. In fact, 50 percent of plant life made up of carbon. Carbon feeds microbes and is critical to microbial health. The microbes in turn assimilate nutrients and deliver them to the roots for growth and development. Carbon is the ultimate macro element that lawns and plants need to thrive.

How do we make our humic and fulvic acid products?

humate soil conditioner product

The processing for our humic acid products is simple and preserves the critical ingredients found in the raw material. We simply remove the any brush and surface debris, and then take an 8-inch layer of material off the surface to ensure we get the most beneficial soil biology, yet leave enough to repopulate the next layer.

At the processing facility, we screen the raw product to remove roots or other debris to give us a dry humate. Since the process does not require heat or chemicals of any kind, our basic humate is kept in its natural state. This means that the chemical properties of our humic substances has not been altered in any way and the living microbes are unharmed and ready to go to work restoring the soil.

To create the liquid products we have a simplistic process for extracting the substrate. The strenuous process meets or exceeds standards for production in organic agriculture.


Our Products Based on Humic and Fulvic Acids


We manufacture products in the lawn, garden, poultry and waste categories that employ humic acid as the base for their effectiveness. In addition to humic and fulvic acids that have a positive effect on root development and cell division, these products include beneficial bacteria that outcompete harmful bacteria.

Our humate products include:

We are proud to manufacture and sell these eco-friendly products that serve as natural solutions to natural problems across several industry and residential applications. If you have any questions about our products or humic substances, feel free to email support@southlandorganics.com.

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