Get Ready for the 2016 BHN World Conference!

Every 2 years, Bio Huma Netics, Inc., (BHN) hosts a World Conference for its distributors and customers. We offer learning sessions related to each of our three product divisions—Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® Turf, and Probiotic Solutions®—and our two service divisions, Velocity™ Design Group (Marketing) and Opus Prime® (Business Management Systems), in which our distributors and customers will:

  • Learn to apply product more effectively.
  • Learn about new products and receive product-specific training.
  • See compelling product demonstration data from around the world.
  • Learn how to promote their businesses more effectively with new and engaging marketing campaigns.
  • Learn how to improve their sales strategies and gain skills to take back to their sales teams.
  • Experience some uniquely Arizona leisure activities on the final day.

This year’s World Conference will be held October 25–28 at the Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West in Mesa Arizona. We’ll also be hosting a number of activities at the BHN offices in nearby Gilbert. Links to conference and hotel registration can be found at https://bhn.us/bhn-world-conference-2016/. We hope to see you there!

—Lyndon Smith, President/CEO

(When you watch the video invitation below, be sure to turn up the sound!)

How to Reduce SVI and Foam in Activated Sludge Plants

In this short video, Shawn Whitmer, PE, discusses how foam and settling caused by filamentous bacteria can create problems for municipal activated sludge wastewater treatment plants. Our Probiotic Solutions® liquid stimulant product, Bio Genesis®, can help facilities take a bioremediation approach to improve treatment performance; reduce foam, SVI, sludge, and FOG; and decrease energy costs.

Bio Huma Netics Provides Innovative Crop Nutrition Products to China

The November 11, 2015 issue of AgroPages features an interview with Justin Smith, “Bio Huma Netics Provides Innovative Crop Nutrition Products to China.”

The article discusses our products, our introduction to the China market in 1999, our current distribution network, and the unique opportunities and challenges of China agriculture.

To read the article online, go to http://news.agropages.com/News/NewsDetail—16302.htm

What Is Soil? (Part 1.1)

by Johann Buck, PhD

This two-part article continues our 2015 series on soil as we recognize the International Year of Soils. In Part 1.1 we define soil and its formation. In Part 1.2 we’ll continue with soil texture, structure, and color.

“Daddy, which is this – soil or dirt?” That’s the question Billy asked his father in one of my favorite The Family Circus comic strips.

Let’s begin with dirt. The word “dirt” is derived from the Old Norse word “drit,” which means excrement. Dirt is what you get under your fingernails or on your clothing or shoes while working in soil.

Several definitions exist for soil. Many of those definitions are, let’s be honest, dull. (Those specific definitions of soil can be found on the USDA Soil Education Web page). The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) first defines soil as “an amazing substance.” The SSSA continues to define soil as “a complex mix of minerals, air, water, and countless microorganisms, soil forms at the surface of the land and comes in many types.” In other words, soil possesses life, it supports life, and that makes soil exciting!

Okay, so soil is alive and exciting. How does it form? What is it made of? What does it look like?

Soil Formation
CLORPT. No, that word isn’t Klingon: it stands for “Climate, Organisms, Relief (landscape), Parent material, and Time.” These represent the five major soil-forming factors.
“Climate” determines the kind of plant and animal life that reside on and in the soil. Climate also influences soil temperature, the amount of water available for weathering minerals, and the rate of chemical weathering.

“Organisms,” such as plants and animals, contribute to the formation of soil by adding organic matter. Fungal and bacterial microorganisms subsequently break down the organic matter into a semi-soluble material known as humus, while insects, earthworms, and burrowing animals aid in the distribution of humus throughout the soil. Humus contributes to both soil chemical and physical properties. Humus is composed of small particles, which results in high surface area. These small particles contribute to the soil’s ability to supply and retain essential plant nutrients. The presence of humus can also improve soil physical properties such as water-holding capacity. Humus and its benefits will be addressed in subsequent newsletter articles.

The “Relief,” or landscape, includes the slope, aspect, and position of the soil. The steepness, shape, and length of slope affects the way water flows on or off the soil. Aspect is the compass direction that a slope faces and therefore affects soil temperature. North-facing slopes in the United States, generally speaking, are cooler and wetter than south-facing slopes.

“Parent material” is the mineral and organic material from which soil formation begins. The formation of soils is a continuous process that requires thousands of years for significant changes to occur. This is why “Time” is included as one of the five soil-forming factors. It is this weathering of the parent material over time that leads to the development of the soil horizons.

Stylin’ and Profilin’
SoilHorizonsSoil forms in layers, and these layers are often parallel to the soil surface. Technically, these layers are called horizons and their formation is called horizonation. Although these horizons are related, they differ from each other chemically, physically, and biologically. There are five master horizons, each represented by a letter (see Fig. at left): O, A, E, B, and C. A sixth horizon, represented by the letter R, is used to denote the underlying bedrock. The vertical arrangement of soil horizons is known as the soil profile. Soil profiles vary from location to location, and not all soil profiles possess all five master horizons. (Expanded details for each horizon can be found in the USDA NRCS publication, From the Ground Down.) Soils on older, more stable surfaces will generally possess well-defined soil horizons. The longer a soil has been exposed to events such as rain and plant growth, the more developed the soil profile.

Methodologies exist that scientists use to describe the components and characteristics of the soil profile. These standardized soil-profile descriptions are used to decide how a soil may be used and/or predict how a soil may react to its intended use. Not only are these soil descriptions useful for farmers, they are also useful for civil engineers, ecologists, and hydrologists – to name a few.

Be sure to read part 1.2 of this article in our next newsletter. Keep growing, and make it a good day!

Dr. Buck is North America Director of Technical Services for HUMA GRO®.

Read this and other articles in the Spring 2015 issue of The Solution at http://bhn.uberflip.com/i/513498-bhn-spring-2015-newsletter. Past issues are located at https://bhn.us/newsletters/.

A Life of Abundance!

Bio Huma Netics, Inc., is a company that values our mission over margin. Our mission is to “provide technologically advanced and ecologically sustainable quality products and services that replenish the earth by restoring water quality, reviving soil fertility, renewing food and fiber value, and refocusing engineered technologies—while minimizing human environmental impact and thereby enhancing the quality of life world-wide.” This video represents our company vision and commitment to help growers/operators and communities—both locally and all over the world—through our sustainable, efficient products and programs.

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Solving Environmental Challenges with HUMA GRO® Products

This video is about solving the challenges of modern agriculture & crop fertility with HUMA GRO® product line: Sustainable Soil Fertility & Carbon-Rich Organic Acids, Optimal Growth Managers, Ultra-Efficient Crop Nutrition, and Zero-Residue Crop Protection.  With HUMA GRO®, growers can apply less and see more benefits from our Micro Carbon Technology®. HUMA GRO® enhances fruit quality and increases yields while being environmentally sustainable. Watch this video featuring Lyndon Smith, President/CEO.

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