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djsinseia
Frequent Contributor

Humic and fluvic acids

Does anyone have experience with either of these products? 

 

The chemistry behind them seems logical but it sounds like snake oil to me.

 

I would think building up organic matter levels in soils would accomplish the same thing....although it may take a lifetime to do. 

 

I don't understand how the addition of a few pounds per acre of some of these products can replace years of soil building.

 

 

Thanks in advance.

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Jim Meade / Iowa City
Senior Advisor

Re: Humic and fluvic acids

After you read this Wikipedia discussion you may still not know too much.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humic_acid

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djsinseia
Frequent Contributor

Re: Humic and fluvic acids

Thanks, Jim.  I had read something similar to that but I have to confess that is has been 20 some years since I took biochemistry and I need a refresher course!

 

Have you ever heard of this topic previous to this discussion?

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Jim Meade / Iowa City
Senior Advisor

Re: Humic and fluvic acids

No, I was totally unfamiliar with this product until I saw your post.

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Pupdaddy
Advisor

Re: Humic and fluvic acids

Wouldn't the fact that there seems to be a lack of information and the appearance of a lot of "smoke and mirrors" in these products advertising give you some pause? If so..I think you may have figured them out.

 

I'll never forget the answer the salesman for a "soil conditioner" gave me when I was a young student in college..all full of chemistry and biology theories..when he said he couldn't explain it..it just works. I happened to read the label..and this company had the gall to sell a product that was mostly industrial soap, and claim that 2 oz. to the acre of it would improve your drainage. On top of that..they then had to sell you a defoamer..because the agitation in your tank would push foam right out the top if you didn't use it,LOL.

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hayseed
Friend

Re: Humic and fluvic acids

An article in the www.hpj.com might be helpful. This article is written by Dr. Dan Davidson.  (3/25/11 3:41)

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