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.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Important Factors to Consider for Soil Analysis Tests in South Africa

As a farmer in South Africa, do you have doubts about potential soil nutritional deficiencies in your fields? A scientific soil analysis conducted by professionals can provide vital information to help you get high quality and optimal yield from your crops.


Soil nutritional deficiency can result in poor crop growth, irregular development of crop across field, low yields or low quality yield. An accurately conducted soil test will provide details of the soil’s pH level, the availability of nutrients as well as the concentration that is actually available for plant uptake. Along with conventional analysis, scientists may make use of advanced techniques such as the 1:2 water extract technique in order to determine the availability of water soluble nutrients.

Benefits of Analysis

A soil analysis report is a vital tool in determining availability of essential nutrients in the right concentrations for ready uptake by plants.  If it is found that soil is deficient in nutrition, soil scientists may recommend appropriate quantities of nutrient products that can be applied to derive high yielding, better quality crops. By using active nutrients that directly address the requirements of the crop, farmers can optimize
their fertilizer use to suit their yield needs.

Ensuring Reliable Reports

Reliable reports of soil analysis are only possible if scientific methods are followed during collection of samples and testing processes. Samples need to be collected from different parts of the field and proper guidelines need to be adhered to for sample processing. Accurate crop nutrition recommendations should be made on the basis of established guidelines. In order to benefit from reliable testing, it is important to choose a company with experience in the agricultural domain and provides onsite assistance.

There are an amazing range of plant nutrient products that can be used in a safe manner without disturbing the natural equilibrium. Do not waste your time and efforts on guessing; opt for a scientific soil analysis instead!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Top Agricultural Products Packed with Plant Nutrients to Promote High Quality Crop Yields

Established in 2001, Agrilibrium is a South Africa based company committed to following a scientific approach in the design and manufacture of plant nutrients to enhance crop yield in South Africa and other parts of the world.

Soil Analysis

Field experts carry out extensive soil analysis on different parts of farmland and suggest suitable products from among the company’s bouquet of solutions. They offer a wide range of high quality treatment solutions such as biological products, mineral nutrient rich products, and soil ameliorants that make agricultural lands more fertile and increase nutrient availability to plants in keeping with organic farming practices.

Liquid Sulphar Products

The company offers soil applied as well as foliar applied products to achieve desired results. One of the products it offers is DynoSulf, a water soluble organic phytofulvate complex that has a high concentration of liquid sulphur. It is widely recommended to correct sulphur imbalance in the soil and sulphur deficiency in plants. It promotes general photosynthesis and protein synthesis in different types of crops. It is especially useful in improving oil production of oil crops and enhancing the coloring and aromas of fruits such as wine grapes.

Benefits of Fulvic Acid

The company offers products that carry fulvic acid benefits.  For example, MagTrain is a foliar applied, water soluble complex of organic fulvic acid, amino acid chelate, magnesium and sulphur. FulMax is an exclusive foliar applied product containing phytofulvate with excellent wetter/ spreader characteristics. AminoBoost offers biological fulvic acid benefits and is very effective for root growth and improving the plant’s ability to penetrate deep into the soil. Farmers can ensure that macro nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorous, carbon and potassium are made available to the crops upon application of Liquid Compost, a water soluble product rich in macro nutrients and organic fulvic acid.

The company also offers an exclusive range of solutions that have been found to be very effective for plant stress management.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Why plants need organic nutrients?

As we know every living thing need to be nourished for better growth and development. Similarly, plants also need supplement for better good growth. Plants get most of their nutrients from the soil in which they grow. In order to make soil full of necessary nutrients required for growth of plant, people often use chemical based products. The chemical based supplements are not biodegradable and affect the natural fertility of soil. In addition, chemical based supplements for soil also pollute nature and bring adverse affect on the health of living being. Therefore, soil analysis is required frequently to check the original fertility of soil. One can take the help of experts for this purpose as it requires great expertise.

In order to nourish the plants one can use organic farming products and techniques. Organic farming products are manufactured from natural ingredients without using any harmful chemicals. The organic products used as supplements for soil and contain all the essential nutrients required for healthy growth of plants, which also enhance the yield from any farm and garden. The organic products and techniques can also restore the fertility of unfertile land, which may be lost due excessive usage of chemical based fertilizers and pesticides. If the quality of soil is good but having deficiency of some nutrients then also the organic farming supplements can fulfill the deficiency without affecting the original quality of soil.

While doing analysis of soil experts from reputed companies check the missing essential plant nutrients and recommend the supplements that can improve the yield that we can get from any land. You can find reputed companies selling organic farming products and recommending best techniques from online platform to improve and restore the fertility of soil in natural way. You can get the higher yields of different crops by using organic supplements, which will never affect the health of anyone and also not going to pollute atmosphere.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Why soil test analysis is necessary for cultivation?

When it comes to knowing the type of fertilizer that would match the soil, farmers find it extremely difficult as there are various factors that need to be taken into consideration, such as, requirement of his crops and the characteristics of the soil. Thus, soil test analysis becomes one of the precious tools for effective farming purpose as it will determine the inputs required for efficient and economic production.

Soil, indeed, is the most important aspects of reaping agricultural benefits. Evaluating the nature of the land before sowing any type of crops is vital to derive maximum agricultural benefit. Soil test analysis can serve various purposes as it will help analyze the following facts:

Nutrition level: By detecting the nutrients available in the soil and those that are unavailable, the analysis give farmers a service leading to better and more economic use of fertilizers and better soil management, thereby promoting higher crop yield.

pH Level: Some soils are alkaline while some are acidic in nature that affects the absorption power of nutrients by plants. Soil test analysis, hence, provides the information of the pH level present in the land that helps in deciding which crop should be sown in that particular land.

Nitrogen level: Proper amount of nitrogen is required for the healthy growth of pants, flowers, and seeds. Through soil test analysis farmers can get to know the nitrogen level of their land.

There are various other things such as the presence of Sulphur, Potassium, harmful weeds, etc, that can be detected and hence the information can be used for the purpose of effective farming.