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BROOKSIDE AGRA LAUNCHES NEW LINE OF HUMATES, BOOSTS NUTRIENT UPTAKE
Source: Brookside Agra news release

We all know how important water and nutrients are to sustaining animal and plant life. Beneficial living organisms in the soil also thrive on the abundance of water and nutrients. Adding all-natural humates from Brookside Agra to your soil can help boost beneficial microbial activity by increasing the permeability of plant cells to increase nutrient uptake by up to 40%.

Humates are now recognized as the single most productive input in sustainable agriculture. Brookside Agra is now offering high-quality, dry and liquid humates that are safe for the environment and all living organisms and have been proven highly effective for a wide range of applications in the agricultural, environmental and industrial sectors.

Humates are a naturally occurring material rich in humic and fulvic acids, and amino acids and sugars. Like tiny lockers in the ground, humates have the ability to store plant-available minerals and nutrients to:
•Increase microbial populations in the soil
•Reduce soil erosion and improve aeration
•Assist in pH balancing
•Increase water retention
•Increase germination and emergence
•Increase nutrient efficiency and availability
•Enhance and stabilize fertilizer inputs
•Increase crop resilience

Brookside Agra's humates contain 12% concentration of beneficial humic and fulvic acids, compared to the competition, which has concentrations as low as 4%. Brookside Agra's humates are also all-natural and OMRI Certified for organic use.

"Humates hold on to more nutrients in the soil where the soil cannot normally hold, and then allows for better nutrient uptake for the plants with its superior chelating, or bonding properties," said Tony Arro, Brookside Agra Director of Sales - Specialty Products. "Our humates work to build Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC), organic matter and water-soluble carbon quickly as a food source for the biology in the soil profile."

Brookside Agra's humates also have superior water holding capacity - 10x its weight in water when mixed in the soil profile. As a result, crops require less irrigation, which lowers costs, and can better utilize natural moisture from rainfall.

"Plants grown in soils where our humates have been added experience less stress during drought conditions. During wet conditions, the humates allow water to penetrate deeper in the soil profile so there is less erosion and more absorption for greater water holding capacity," added Arro.

A humates research study conducted on corn fields in Illinois during the 2012 drought revealed that the field treated with humates appeared healthy, green and lush, while the untreated field appeared brown and stressed. An infrared aerial view of the same study fields indicated that the field treated with humates was bright red, a strong indication of positive drought tolerance. The untreated field appeared green on the infrared image, which indicates poor drought tolerance. The field treated with humates produced 150 bushel/acre, while the untreated field produced just 50-75 bushel/acre.

For more information and research on humates, contact Tony Arro, Brookside Agra Director of Sales - Specialty Products at 618-628-8300 ext. 24 or tony.arro@brookside-agra.com. Be sure to visit us at AgraME 2018, March 6-8, 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE.

About Brookside Agra

Brookside Agra is a global fifth-generation, family-owned business based in O'Fallon, IL that manufactures and distributes a variety of research-proven, natural products for specialty feeds; animal health and production; agriculture; and commercial, industrial and environmental use. Brookside also offers agronomy services, which include crop nutrient recommendations, soil sampling, water and fertilizer analysis, and precision mapping, among other services. For more information about Brookside Agra and its natural products and services, visit www.brookside-agra.com or contact Chad Vaninger, Executive Vice President and General Manager, at 618-628-8300 Ext. 23 or chadv@brookside-agra.com.


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