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2 Microorganisms: The Living Engine of Soil (Continued from Page 1) Justin Smith, VP of Huma Gro® Sales, recently gave an interview to AgroPages (a global agrochemical news publication), regarding the Chinese special fertilizer market. Here is the article: Q1: Could you introduce your competitive technology and products to us? e basis of all our products is a proprietary ingredient called Micro Car- bon Technology® (MCT). MCT starts with a soft humic material that was never compressed or heated to become anthracite coal and was never covered with an ocean or salt water—and therefore does not contain any toxic materials (heavy metals). We convert this source material into ex- tremely small carbon- and oxygen-rich molecules, then complex it with nutrients to produce an ultra-efficient liquid vehicle—due to the carbon molecule's low molecular weight, greater specific surface area, and higher cation exchange capacity—to move nutrients and agrochemicals into the plant either through the soil or the leaves. is complexing of nutrients with MCT has formed the foundation of over 70 highly efficient HUMA GRO® liquid soil and plant nutrition and crop protection products that: • When applied directly to the soil or through irrigation, promote the growth of roots and beneficial microorganisms in the soil, creating an ac- tive, healthy, and ideal environment for long-term sustainable soil fertility. • Are safe for foliar-spray application to leaves when applied according to label instructions. • Reduce the amount of nutrients and crop protection products needed. • Have a positive environmental impact. Studies have shown that our plant nutrition products are typically at least four times more efficient, and sometimes much more, than traditional granular fertilizers. Our unique chemistries help get just the right amount of nutrition to the plants, using the right carbon vehicle, at just the right time, in a way that produces no negative effects on the plant crops or the surrounding environment. Q2: Could you briefly introduce your marketing strategies and activities in China? Our introduction to the China marketplace in 1999 was initially through our Probiotic Solutions® line of wastewater remediation products. Our dis- tributor in China, Sam Yuan Lei, organized Probiotics Shanghai and was very successful in introducing our products to the China wastewater reme- diation industry. As his distribution company grew, he began to see the great opportunity China agriculture offers for our Huma Gro® products, and he began to offer those products to the market under the "You Ma" name. At Bio Huma Netics Provides Innovative Crop Nutrition Products to China 2 (Continued Next Page) an assortment of yeasts, algae, and others: each has a job to do, an interconnected role to play. Plant surfaces, roots, and rhizospheres (the region of soil around the roots) are also teeming with microorganisms. Some of these are harm- ful, interfering with plant growth and reducing crop yields. But the vast majority of microorganisms are beneficial, essential for creating the soil components necessary for successful plant growth. What Do They Do? Most of us appreciate that earthworms benefit soil and plants with the tunnels they dig, the organic matter they consume, and the waste they leave behind. But microorganisms play even greater and more varied roles, including: • Breaking down plant and animal matter into humus, and releasing minerals in soluble forms that are easier for plants to absorb. • Bringing nutrients into the soil from the atmosphere (nitrogen fixation) and from locked up mineral reserves that are already in the soil. • Protecting plant roots from pathogens and parasites. • Helping to hold soil aggregates together while increasing poros- ity, creating channels through which roots can grow and water can flow—increasing infiltration and reducing runoff. • Enhancing nutrient transport, drought tolerance, and resistance to disease and other stressors. • Creating conditions that improve seed germination, transplant sur- vival, and root growth. • Degrading soil pollutants. Keeping the Soil Biota Healthy Because of the notoriety created by those relatively few harmful mi- croorganisms, there is too often a tendency to overlook the existence of beneficial microorganisms or, even worse, fumigate the entire lot in an effort to get rid of the bad ones. As we saw in the previous section, however, soil needs a healthy diversity of microorganisms to produce the conditions needed for strong plants and high yields. Approaches to protecting beneficial microorganisms can include implementing balanced approaches to pest control, keeping soil well- drained and as salt-free as possible, engaging in practices that build soil organic matter (reduced tillage and regular additions of organic matter), rotating crops in a manner designed to provide diverse organic matter to the soil, and providing ground covers that reduce soil expo- sure to sunlight. We'll also add—since we're in that business—that it is important to provide nutrient supplements that contain carbon in order to keep the microorganisms well fed and active. It is particularly important to do this after applying high levels of pesticides or pesticides designed to kill off particular microbial species: those treatments will often reduce or impair the beneficial microorganism populations as well as the harm- ful ones, and it is important to create an environment that promotes beneficial microbes so that they can get back to doing their essential work. (is is why we recommend that customers who use our PRO- MAX® biopesticide follow the treatment with a course of ZAP® to es- tablish a healthy soil biology). An entire world exists in that handful of soil, and the tiny beings with- in it hold the key to successful crop production in our larger world outside. As we steward our fields for sustainable crop production, we must make sure to consider the effect our practices are having on those essential microorganisms—the living engine of soil. For additional information about microorganisms and soil biology, read the Soil Biology Primer developed by the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, available at http://

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