Don’t Forget Hydra-Hume for your Fall Soil Amendments
Fall has arrived, following the harvest of tree nuts, stone fruit, grapes, and past and upcoming citrus harvesting. Fall is definitely the time to consider soil amendment needs. Most often, we just think of gypsum, lime, and sulfur amendments to help those soils get ready for another crop. However, there is another soil amendment often overlooked, but it has the ability to help the soil and upcoming crop production as well, if not better, than the typical three. That product is a dry, high-grade soil amendment called Hydra-Hume. There are times when certain dry products have an advantage over liquids, and Hydra-Hume is that, especially blended with gypsum, lime, or Sulphur, or with dry fertilizer.
Hydra-Hume DG is coated for better blending and application. Once applied to the burms, the product breaks down and is taken into the soil profile by rains. As part of a good soil amendment program, Hydra-Hume improves fertilizer efficiency and mitigates poor soil qualities such as high salts, high sodium, poor water penetration, poor water holding capacity, compacted soils, and poor soil health. Making Hydra-Hume DG a part of your soil amendment program will give you far more benefits for the dollar. It not only adds calcium to the soil, but also works at lowering the pH, or reducing sodium and salt. Now, you are also complexing sodium to reduce its negative impact, buffering your soil to reduce poor soil issues, making fertilizer more efficient, and improving the water holding and health of the soil.
It has been shown by a number of growers that the addition of 40-50 lbs/ac of Hydra-Hume DG, with their amendment program, year after year has greatly improved the production of almonds and grapes, and developed healthy soils feeding and watering healthy crops.
- Don Bandoni, Product Manager