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Specialty Crop Solutions is leading a demonstration trial of The Andersons Humic DG in Michigan Hops fields.

May 3, 2016

Specialty Crop Solutions is leading a demonstration trial of The Andersons Humic DG in Michigan Hops fields.

The 3 year demonstration trail program, begun in the spring of 2016, is a cooperative program with Specialty Crop Solutions, The Anderson’s, Inc. and Michigan State University Extension.

The participating Hops Farms are:

            Top Hop Farms, Goodrich MI

            Hopyards of Kent, Greenville, MI

            New Mission Organics, Omena, MI

            K & K Farms, Suttons Bay, MI

            Petrick Hops Farm, Honor, MI

The variety of locations provides differing soil types, growing climates, hops varieties and plant ages.  Plant ages range from newly planted in 2016 to 7 years old.

Humic acid is a natural soil conditioner that acts as an organic chelator and microbial stimulator. It has a unique carbon matrix which includes a high concentration of trace minerals and organic acids.  Humic acid enhances the plant’s ability to take in essential nutrients and improves soil structure.  Proven Humic Acid Benefits:

  • Increases soil carbon
  • Improves plant health
  • Improves germination and viability of seeds
  • Chelates macro and micro nutrients to increase availability to the plant for a longer period of time
  • Increases cation exchange capacity (CEC)
  • Improves soil structure for better aeration and water movement
  • Stimulates beneficial microorganisms, which can improve long-term soil pH
  • Especially effective on sandy soils

The program started with soil samples, for baseline results.  The soil tests consist of traditional methodology as well as a more comprehensive Haney test.  Soil samples will be taken again post-harvest to determine the soil’s nutrient availability and microbial activity.

Tissue samples will be taken in June, as the plants have grown mature leaves and just prior to the plant reaching the wire.  Again, results from the test treatment area will be compared to the control area.

Visual comparison of treated plants compared to untreated plants in a control area will be recorded at harvest, as will cone quantities, size and weight.

Results of the 2016 harvest will be recorded and then compared with further trials in the same plots in 2017 and 2018.