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BHN Summer 2015 Newsletter

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New Products, New Research In This Issue What Is Soil? (Cont'd) ................................. 2 Research: SUPER PHOS ® on Lettuce, Potato, Tomato .............................................2 Introducing BORO-MAX ® .......................... 3 Product Spotlight: PROMAX ® and ZAP ® . 3 New on the BHN Hub ................................ 3 Introducing SURF-MAX™ .......................... 4 Research: SUPER PHOS® on Bermuda ..4 Wastewater Nutrient Changes Lead to Savings for Mill Owner ................................ 5 Microplex™ New Product Line ............... 5 Upcoming Trade Shows .............................6 BHN/Huma Gro® Expands to Brazil ....... 6 BHN Social Media Channels ..................... 6 Summer 2015 A Quarterly Publication by BIO HUMA NETICS, Inc. The 68th UN General Assembly Declared 2015 the International Year of Soils "Agriculture must, literally, return to its roots by rediscovering the importance of healthy soil, drawing on natural sources of plant nutrition, and using mineral fertilizer wisely." -Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions. "Living the life of abundance" must always begin with healthy soils. In fact, BHN echoes the FAO when we say that healthier life begins with healthier soils. Healthy soils are the foundation to agriculture and are essential as global demands rise for food, fuel, and fiber. Healthy soils are also important in facing the challenges of a growing population, climate change, and extreme weather events. What do healthy soils do? Healthy soils keep nutrients in the soil, increase organic matter, promote soil stability and structure, and improve water penetration and holding capacity. Our soil activator products are uniquely suited to rehabilitate soils to optimal health. In 2015, we celebrate the International Year of Soils by publishing a series of articles highlighting key aspects of soil science. In this issue, we have Part 2 of "What Is Soil?" by Dr. Buck. Future newsletters will have articles on the following related topics: • Soil Biota – Living Microbes • Plant-Soil Microbial Interactions Summer is always a busy time for us here at Bio Huma Netics, and this summer is no exception. In addi- tion to launching new products in all three divisions, major universities have completed five research stud- ies that demonstrate the enhanced efficiency of our SUPER PHOS® with Micro Carbon Technology®. In our Huma Gro® product line, we're launching BORO-MAX®, a 10% boron liquid supplement, just in time for post-harvest nut crop application. Huma Gro® Turf is launching its first soil surfactant with Mi- cro Carbon Technology®, SURF-MAX™, for use on golf courses, and Probiotic Solutions® is now offering an entire line of microbials to supplement the bio-systems of wastewater treatment facilities. e research coming out of the University of Arizona on SUPER PHOS® use with lettuce, tomato, and potato crops is truly impressive. Researchers at the University of Idaho and Montana State University have published their findings on the effectiveness of SUPER PHOS® on spring wheat grain yield and protein content. A fourth University of Arizona study, on Bermuda grass, shows our product results in a head-to-head comparison with three other phosphorous products, and SUPER PHOS® clearly comes out the winner. You'll find more about our new products and the new research inside this issue. What Is Soil? (Part 1.2) Johann Buck, PhD, CCA is second part of a two-part article continues our 2015 series on soil as we recognize the International Year of Soils. Part 1.1 defined soil and its formation. Part 1.2 continues with soil texture, structure, and color. In the last issue, I introduced Billy's question from one of my favorite e Family Circus com- ic strips: "Daddy, which is this – soil or dirt?" Let's continue the discussion and see if we can find Billy an answer. Texture, Structure, and Color – Oh My! Soils have texture, structure, and color. Soils are made up of relative percentages of particles, called soil separates, which include sand, silt, and clay. Sand is the largest particle (2.0 to 0.05 mm); silt is the middle-sized particle (0.05 to 0.002 mm); and clay is the smallest (< 0.002 mm). e relative percentages of these particles is what gives soil texture. e soil texture trian- gle (see Fig. 1 on the next page) is a tool used to classify soils based on the relative percentages of sand, silt, and clay particles. Fine soils are gen- erally called clays, while coarser soils are called sands. A soil with a relatively even mixture of sand, silt, and clay is classified as a loam. Soil texture also affects nutrient retention. Soils with a finer texture tend to have the ability to store more nutrients than a coarser soil. Soils also have structure. Soil structure is the ar- rangement of soil particles into clumps, which are called "peds." Types of soil structures in- clude granular, blocky, prismatic, columnar, platy, and single grained, as described on the (Continued Next Page)

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