BHN 2018 World Conference

The biannual Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), World Conference was held November 6­–9, 2018, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Conference Center in Gilbert, Arizona. The BHN World Conference 2018 was attended by 72 Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® Turf, and Probiotic Solutions®  product distributors and users representing 18 countries.

Conference attendees were welcomed by BHN President and CEO Lyndon Smith in an opening address with a theme of “Integrity Is Power.” The conference included two days of product information and education presentations, including the official launch of the company’s new Fertilgold® Organics product line for organic agriculture. An awards banquet was held on Thursday evening, and on Friday attendees had an opportunity to tour a local farm and to go horseback riding.

Conference attendees will be receiving an email link to view and download event photos at Flickr. Presentation PDFs have been posted to the BHN Hub; presentation videos will also be posted on the BHN Hub in coming weeks.

BHN alternates its biannual World Conferences in Arizona with regional conferences held on odd-numbered years. The next regional conference will be held in Turkey in 2019.

Select the image below to play the conference theme video.

Huma Gro® App Released for iOS Smart Phones

The Huma Gro® app for iOS smart phones has been released and is available for free at the Apple App Store. The Huma Gro® App provides a foliar application calculator for determining how much product to apply to specific crops on any size of field based on lab analysis, a continuously updated product document library, a product mixing guide, the ability to save product application data and calculations by field, and continuous news and feature updates from the Huma Gro® Website blog.

Justin Smith, Executive Vice President of Huma Gro® Sales, said, “The Huma Gro® app allows growers and distributors to always have the most up-to-date information on every Huma Gro® product (including the label, SDS, and product technical bulletin), and it is very useful in the field to be able to calculate how much product is needed to get the best yields. In addition, the app provides a way for growers and distributors to directly contact the Huma Gro® Sales Team with any questions they may have regarding Huma Gro® products and their use.”

The Huma Gro® liquid crop nutrition and protection line includes 11 Primary Macronutrient products, 16 Secondary Macronutrient and Micronutrient products, 5 Sustainable Soil Fertility products, 9 Optimal Growth Management products, 5 liquid Carbon-Rich Organic Acid products, and 2 Zero-Residue Crop Protection products—all with the ultra-efficient, proprietary Micro Carbon Technology® delivery system that allows growers and crop managers to achieve far more with much less product. Also available are 9 granular Carbon-Rich Organic Acid Products (in the Huma Burst® category). Additional information on Huma Gro® products is available at http://www.humagro.com/.

The previously released Android version of the Huma Gro® app has also been enhanced and is available at the Google Play Store.

BHN Welcomes Jamie Olivarez to the Huma Gro Sales Team

Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), has selected Jamie Olivarez to be California Sales Agronomist for its Huma Gro® product line. Mr. Olivarez will be based in Sacramento, California, and will be responsible for all Huma Gro® sales and technical support for the Northern California area.

Mr. Olivarez has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from California State University, Chico, along with minor degrees in chemistry and biology. He has worked for several years as a field agronomist, and he has 9 previous years’ experience working in both the public and private sector areas of the biosolids field, including as a regulator for the Washington State Department of Ecology.

BHN Executive Vice President of Sales Justin Smith commented, “We are very excited to have Jamie representing Huma Gro® products in Northern California. Having grown up in agriculture in the northern Sacramento Valley, he has an in-depth, personal knowledge of the crops and crop production for that area, and he has an excellent understanding of the growers there and the problems they face. He also demonstrates the personal integrity and professionalism that we value at BHN. With his solid foundation in both agriculture and the sciences, he will be invaluable in helping us launch our new Fertilgold® Organics product line when it becomes available later this summer.”

Mr. Olivarez stated, “Huma Gro® is a great product line that offers sustainable solutions to many common agricultural problems, and representing these products fits right in with my personal and professional objectives. I take great pride in developing and maintaining close relationships with the growers, distributors, and other professionals that I work with and meet. I truly enjoy traveling around the state and helping clients and colleagues solve problems and become more successful.”

The Huma Gro® liquid crop nutrition and protection line includes over 50 products in the categories of Primary Macronutrients, Secondary Macronutrients and Micronutrients, Sustainable Soil Fertility, Optimal Growth Management, Carbon-Rich Organic Acids, and Zero-Residue Crop Protection—all with the ultra-efficient, proprietary Micro Carbon Technology® delivery system that allows growers and crop managers to achieve far more with much less product. There are also 10 granular humic and fulvic acid products in the Huma Gro® Huma Burst® line for restoring and enhancing soil fertility.

Huma Gro® 2017 Product Catalog Released

Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN)—an Arizona company that produces products under the Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® Turf, and Probiotic Solutions® brands—has released its 2017 Huma Gro® Product Catalog.

The newly redesigned catalog contains specific information on 45 Huma Gro® liquid crop nutrition and protection products in the categories of Primary Macronutrients (9), Secondary Macronutrients and Micronutrients (14), Optimal Growth Management (8), Sustainable Soil Fertility (5), Carbon-Rich Organic Acids (5), Zero-Residue Crop Protection (2), and Specialty Products (2).

In addition, the new catalog provides updated application rates for all products, all new crop programs for 8 key crops, product testimonials from growers who have used the products, and field trial results and photos.

Huma Gro® products are formulated with a proprietary Micro Carbon Technology® that provides an ultra-efficient delivery system for precision nutrition at each growth stage to yield premium crops. In addition, Huma Gro® products have a positive environmental impact by promoting overall soil and plant health through efficient foliar nutrition and the growth of roots and beneficial microorganisms in the soil.

The 2017 Huma Gro® Catalog is available to view online or as a downloadable PDF. Print copies of the catalog are available from distributors upon request. More information about Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® products, and the value of becoming a Huma Gro® product distributor is available at www.humagro.com. The Huma Gro® App for Android smart phones is available at Google Play.

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/.

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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