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Learn what humus is and why it’s essential to your farm – whether you grow crops or livestock. Humus is formed by the relationships between organic life forms like microbes and other organic and inorganic elements in the soil, like minerals and nutrients.

Secrets of Fertile Soil

Book of the Week: Secrets of Fertile Soils

By Erhard Hennig Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from Acres U.S.A. original book, Secrets of Fertile Soils, written by Erhard Hennig. Copyright 2015, softcover, 198 pages. $24.00 regularly priced. SALE PRICE: $19.20. Humus forms as a result of the complicated interplay of inorganic conversions and the life processes of the microbes and tiny creatures […]

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Supplying Nitrogen: Tap into Nature

Human activity is affecting planet Earth to such an extent that natural scientists are naming this time the beginning of a new geological age/epoch called Anthropocene (the recent age of man) and ending what was the Holocene epoch (about 17,000 years ago to present). We are no longer observers of nature, but significant influencers of […]

New life

Soil Testing: The Need for Total Testing

What many farmers probably don’t know about soil testing is that most soil tests only tell us what is soluble in the soil. They do not tell us what is actually there in the soil, no matter what fertilizer salesmen might like to imply. To find out what is actually there requires a total acid […]

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Humic Acid: The Science of Humus and How it Benefits Soil

Humic acid (humus) is powerful stuff, and a tiny amount can give a huge measurable result. We’ve seen as little as 40 total pounds on an acre of farmland increase the yield of a crop dramatically.

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Soil Carbon: Changing Dirt into Soil

Soil carbon’s role in creating healthy topsoil is becoming a global topic. In fact, it can’t be debated that the definition of a healthy topsoil is when the soil has a rich concentration of durable carbon compounds that change for the better the chemical, physical and biological nature of the soil.

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Humus: What is it and How is it Formed?

Humus forms as a result of the complicated interplay of inorganic conversions and the life processes of the microbes and tiny creatures living in the soil.