Working with HumicGrow

Handling HumicGrow

HumicGrow (HG) is used as a standalone plant or soil treatment or combined with application of fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides. It will promote plant health and development when used with seeds (soaking), seedlings and growing plants, hydroculture and using drip feed and foliar applications. Its total solubility enables its use in drop-irrigation systems and using all types of sprayers and nozzle dimensions.

Preparation

Dry HG modifications dissolve quickly and are entirely soluble, even in cold water. Liquid modifications can congeal if stored for 4 to 5 years and should be vigorously shaken before use.

Application of the solution does not require filtration.

With an average of рН 9 - 9.5, concentrated HG should be added directly to fertiliser or water, or with other agents. The HG concentration is 0.1 - 0.005%. Do not use a concentration of over 1%, as it can delay plant development.

Transport and storage

HG should be stored in a dry place out of reach of children and animals, separated from food products, and at a temperature above -10 C for liquid, and above -20 C for dry modifications.

Storage/shelf-life is 5 years.

Used bags and containers should be disposed of as domestic rubbish or recyclable material as required.

Health and safety

HG is non-flammable and blast-proof, referred to Hazard Class 4 as per GOST 12.1.007 (minor hazardous substance), non-toxic for humans, animals, plants, and therefore does not require any precaution during the application.

During the contact with:

1. eyes – chance of a minor irritation;

2. skin - slight redness on sensitive skin might appear.

Combining with other solutions

HG can be applied in a mixture with all common fertilisers, biological material, growth regulators and with crop treatments such as pesticides and fungicides, during their routine applications. Mixing improves the effectiveness of these treatments and eliminates the cost of independent application.

When adding HG in the tank with other solutions, pH-level must be at least 5.5.

Combining pesticides

Due to their toxicity, pesticides decrease the yield of the crop they are treating. This problem can be alleviated through the stress-relieving properties of HG. Combined application of HG with fungicides actually makes the treatment more effective. Ideally, HG should be used at the beginning and early stages of a plant cycle, soaking seeds with HG where this is possible, and in use with seedlings and young plants. This preparation helps plants resist the damage caused by use of pesticides and fungicides and increases resistance to phytopathogens.

In plant foliar application, HG combines well with fungicidal agents, increasing its effectiveness whilst boosting the immune system of the plants. This leads to an increased natural resistance to disease.

Application of HG together with plant protection agents helps relieve the stress caused to plants and its use is particularly appropriate when strong pesticides or combined multi-agent solutions are used. And even more so when used on crops grown on dry and sandy soils which lack humus. The end product of relieving stress in this way is increased crop yield and improved quality of product.

Combining biological material

HG collects nitrogen bacteria and, when used together with biological material, improves its effectiveness. In particular, by the combination of HG with: riso-torphine, riso-bacterine, risobact, and fungicidal bio-materials. HG as a component increases efficiency and preservation of biological strength.

Combining with mineral fertilisers

The natural depletion of nutrients can be mitigated by use of HG as it increases micro-biological activity in the soil and turns normally hard-to-consume forms of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium into light, microelements that are more accessible to plants.

Using HG in combination with early application of mineral fertilisers leads to a reduction in the amount of soil preparation typically required and can moderate the volume of fertiliser typically used to produce a healthy crop. This can result in significant cost saving and environmental benefits.

HG products include pre-prepared, humated, organic-mineral fertilisers tailored to meet most crop types and growing conditions. All the main types of HG organic-mineral fertilisers have European and State registrations. These are humic-based carbamide, ammophos, azophoska superphosphate, ecophoska, available in concentrated liquid and dry powder form.

Seed treatment

Purpose: Treating seeds (e g rice, wheat, barley, rye, oats) with HG increases germination and germinative energy by 4-10%. It has a stimulating effect which results in stronger plant vegetation and faster growth of the root system, which increases drought tolerance and the chances of survival from dry or hot weather. Seed treatment also results in earlier sprouts and, with most crop types, the stimulating effect is evident within a month. Pre-treatment is important, not only for cereals, but for sunflower, buckwheat, maize, soya, pea, rapeseed, vegetable and vine seeds.

Treatment method: Seeds are treated in suitable receptacles and covered with a protective dressing. Whilst, in the case of coated and shelled seeds, soaking as a pre-treatment is not an option, foliar treatment during early vegetation offers an alternative.

Liquid HG: Add 1 litre of HG Concentrated or ½ litre of HG highly concentrated to 500 litres of water to soak 1,000kg of seeds.

Dry HG: Add 150 grammes to 500 litres of water to soak 1,000kg of seeds.

It is recommended to apply either solution on the day it is prepared.

Treatment during vegetation

Purpose: Enhance photosynthesis in plant leaves using foliar application to boost the growth and development of plants. There is an increase of gluten content and grains in cereal crops, a shorter vegetation period and an increase of the crop yield and sugar content in most root crops. Treating all types of established plants with HG will result in a faster growing cycle, higher survival rates and faster ripening time. In addition, application of HG will also help relieve the stress caused by pesticide treatment. Foliar application will result in signs of stimulation within a few hours and last for two months.

Plants that have been treated by seed soaking significantly benefit from foliar application at their early vegetative stage, usually with two to three leaves visible.

Foliar application is suitable and recommended for vegetables and fruits, sugar beet and maize.

Treating growing vegetables after their summer cycle with HG mixed with nitrogen. helps strengthen weak and injured plants and promote further growth and development.

Treatment method:When mixing HG with water and concentrated pesticides, it is recommended to add it last. The solution is suitable for use with all types of sprayers and sprinkler systems. Treatment must be carried out in dry weather, in mornings or evenings. To optimise the effect of HG on plants, it is recommended to carry out between two to three foliar applications to encompass seedlings, vegetative and ripening phases.

Using drip feed systems

Purpose: HG is used in drip feed systems on open ground and in enclosed areas to aid plant development through its root system and to accelerate growth. HG increases the volume of nutrients absorbed by plants from fertilisers and the soil by stimulation of the root system. The use of HG in enclosures protects plants against changes in temperature. HG is used in open ground to boost plant growth and optimise mineral nutrition when combined with solutions with mineral fertilisers. In soil HG facilitates the development of nitrogen-collecting bacteria, which extracts nitrogen from the air and saturates the soil in a form that is more readily consumed by plants. In open grounds HG would be applied in drip feed systems and foliar dressing during the most important physiological phases of plant development.

Treatment method in enclosed area: HG is applied in drip feed systems by adding it into water tanks (with pure water or mineral fertilisers with pH not less than 5.5). HG is applied with timely sprinkling and treatment. HG is a fully soluble material, which allows its use in all drip feed systems. It is recommended HG be applied once every 10 days during watering plants or fertilisation by other material.

Treatment method on open ground: In drip feed systems HG is applied together with mineral solutions, added into the water tank for fertilisers. HG and fertiliser are supplied as a working solution at the end of the scheduled sprinkling. The combined use of HG with fertilisers increases the consumption of mineral fertilisers by plants.

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