Sunday, March 6, 2016

Life's elixir and Holy Grail

Homo sapiens, plants and animals have one thing in common; they require nutrition to sustain life, grow and get energized. Proper ingestion in the right doses is the key for balanced growth. The process of assimilation is dependent on a unique compound called Fulvic acid. Though this element is well known and also extensively researched there is very little "chatter" about it, until now.

Fulvic acid has the power of life

This compound is found in plants and soil and classified as an electrolyte; it is soluble in water and capable of electric conduction. A simple test on large sized amoeboid (living cell / organism) was performed to prove the efficacy of electrolytes; The cell disintegrated or ruptured when the electric potential was eliminated; the cell dissolved; the electric potential was introduced once again; lo and behold the cell reformed and became active. Humans as they age become slower in their movements and reasoning; sleep disorders, stress are common symptoms; these afflictions is primarily due to loss of electric potential and result in death when the potential becomes zero. That is why pacemakers are implanted to maintain the electric potential; saline or electrolytes are fed IV (intravenously) to maintain electrolyte balance.

How is Fulvic acid produced?

Fulvic acid is found in Humus. The decaying of plant and animal matter in the soil results in a dark organic material. Plants shed leaves, twigs, flowers and fruit. Animals die; insects perish, adding to the litter mix. Over a period of time the mix decays and disintegrates into its basic chemical elements. Most of these chemicals are nutrients that sustain life. The viscous-almost-solid dark either brown or black substance is called humus. Earthworms (the wriggling slimy creatures that evoke "Eew" on sighting) mix the humus with soil. Earth is now enriched with nutrients and a major constituent is nitrogen. Soil enriched with nitrogen is the perfect recipe for plant growth and agriculture benefits. This is a direct fulvic acid benefit of the first order. Humus is crumbly in texture and loosens earth allowing for easy navigation of water and air which the plants love. Soiltest analysis has proved the efficacy of humus beyond doubt.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Using technology to nurture nature

Organic farming in the conventional sense of using natural methods like permaculture and integrated animal husbandry practices have shown that depleted soils can be coaxed back into life. The process is long and slow; for after all nurturing nature cannot be hastened.

Technology has answers; though not in its fullest sense. The primary result of soil analysis does give an accurate picture of the mineral content of the soil. The essential nutrients that these minerals are supposed to give for the plants are also calculated. What is lacking is the delivery mechanism.

In its natural state fertile soil is blessed with micro-organisms; these micro-organisms help the plants to assimilate the minerals (which the micro-organisms convert from dead organic matter) and various nutrients. The accuracy of the nutrients that the plant assimilates is a complex reaction of photosynthesis (the conversion of sunlight or light energy to a chemical energy) that fuels all of the plant's activities. This complexity is the source for essential nutrients for the various parts of the plant. For example polysaccharides (type of carbohydrates like cellulose) are circulated throughout the plant while at the same time a portion of it flows back into the soil through the root system (like a two way highway) for production of fulvic acids. This being complex is also life threatening as this circuitous route is akin to an electric circuit. Any imbalance in the system can cause adverse reactions leading to fatal consequences for the plant.

So two things become very clear for healthy plant growth; accurate nutrition in the quantities specified and essential nutrients delivered at the proper time. A few organizations devoted to organic farming supplements have been quite successful in creating a water soluble mix that contains the desired nutrients both qualitatively and quantitatively. Being water soluble enables the root system of the plant for the correct uptake.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Soil Analysis – An Essential Soil Management Tool

Soil testing is the process of analyzing the nutrient-content of the crop-yielding soil. It is particularly important because farmers can then formulate a plan for fertility management. Remember, too much or too little fertilizer can impact crops adversely.  In the case of excess fertilizer, the land will not be able to give optimum produce. When there can damage environment and will result in wastage of money and energy.

Soil Analysis will give you an idea of amounts of Nitrogen, Potash, Sulphur, Iron, Potassium and limestone content present in a soil. In addition, the quantities and types of micronutrients present in the soil are provided in a soil test. The study of the soil test before a harvest season enables a farmer to realize the fertilization requirements of the field.

For the most part, it is imperative that soil analysis is done before every harvest season to get a stock of essential plant nutrients in the soil. Seasonal change often induces a change in essential plant nutrients in a soil. For instance, farmers who harvest citrus plants must do seasonal analysis. During the cold winter months the soil loses iron. Usually with the advent of warmer climate the deficiency rectifies itself. However, often the deficiency remains prevalent and the farmer will find his harvest turning yellow.  In such a scenario, the application of sulphur helps reduce alkaline content, which allows for better iron absorption.

Farmers will enjoy an abundant and excellent quality harvest along with a reduction in operating costs.  Most importantly the crops will be immune to pest attacks and become more resilient towards adverse weather patterns.

Soil analysis is inexpensive. Generally labs charge anything from $7 to $10 to test per sample. In many states you can test your soil for free. Moreover, labs are available in every agricultural district so getting a test done is hassle free.