Humification is a key process that makes regular compost more valuable. Most compost does not achieve the valuable properties of humus because it requires a careful and controlled environment for humification to happen. Humification begins after organic matter breakdown, and is the polymerization or build-up of humic substances that provide an environment in which a diverse population of beneficial microbes, supplemented by inoculation, can thrive.
At the heart of our sustainable, balanced soil fertility system, is high quality humified compost. We use compost as the medium to deliver the chemical nutrients called for by the Baseline analysis. The humic substances in the compost react with the chemical nutrients. This keeps the individual nutrients from reacting with one another or becoming tied up. This method of nutrient delivery expedites bringing Base Saturation Levels into balance, which, in turn, positively impacts the physical structure of the soil. Humic substances also exert magnetic forces that expand clay colloids, increasing soil porosity.
The microbiological profile of the soil is influenced by the microbial environment. We need to manipulate the microbial environment so it favors the microbe species that are beneficial to plant growth, yield, and quality and unfavorable for plant pathogens. Managing air and water in the soil, eliminating the use of materials that are harmful to beneficial microbes, and continuously growing either a cash or cover crop improve the microbial environment. Humus compost produced using the ACS process will add a large and diverse population of beneficial microbes to soil, but more importantly, high quality humus compost builds a microbial environment in which microbes thrive and multiply.
For example, to achieve an optimal microbial enumeration, the microbial population in five tons per acre of the finest compost must double a minimum of 15 times to get to the population size recommended for maximum fertility. Compost value has much to do with its microbial profile and everything to do with its ability to build a thriving microbial environment.
Liquid Humus Extract, or compost tea, is an economical way to deliver many of the benefits of high quality humus compost efficiently and effectively. Liquid Humus made with our tea extraction system is a water-based extraction of the soluble minerals, humic substances, and microbes from humus compost. Microbial food sources are also added to the compost tea to stimulate microbial activity and reproduction. Humus compost tea is a source of diverse beneficial microbes which, along with microbial food sources, multiply numerous times on crop leaves and in the crop's root zone.
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