Updated: Oct 4, 2020
With only 3% of the world’s supply being freshwater, it is important to conserve it for people, plants and animals. But your Ag operation requires water to function, right? There are a lot of products available to help grow your plants and livestock today, but can they help how you use and consume water? Choosing a high quality fulvic acid is one of the best options to conserve water. From when it is produced all the way to crop and animal application fulvic acid can make your operation “Water-Wise”.
Fulvic acid comes from millions of years of compressed plant matter decomposing with sufficient oxygen. It is a part of organic matter comprised of the humus portion of soil, coal and peat and contains organic acids beneficial to living organisms. It acts as a chelator, surrounding molecules and making water and nutrients more available to plants and livestock.
It is simple to apply and is mixed with animal and plant feeds and foliar application. Because fulvic acid makes nutrients more available, it uses less inputs like water for better and more efficient livestock and plant growth. Because there are less inputs being used with more efficient growth, there is less chance that water would be wasted from run off without being used. It also means it is less likely to introduce fertilizer or pesticides where it isn’t being applied. Not only would fulvic acid save water and inputs, it also prevents introducing chemicals into the water supply.
Fulvic acid also helps prevent problems when farm growing conditions aren’t optimal. It helps regulate transport of substances in the cells and can help mitigate water deficit with animals and crops, mineral imbalance or soil salinization and exposure to sub-optimal growth temperatures. Not only does it help your farm operate more efficiently, but it helps alleviate problems like water stress when the growing environment can’t be ideal.
There are a couple of ways that fulvic acid is produced for the consumer that impacts water consumption. The first method to manufacture fulvic involves using potentially harmful strong acids and bases that can waste water resources to clean up. A preferred method of production involves using pure water to extract the product without requiring extra inputs or processing for the final product. Fulvic acid from direct water extraction requires less processing and is more efficient.
The concentration of liquid fulvic acid also matters. A strong concentrate means better value from buying less water in the container. Farmers and ranchers are spending less money on shipping and transporting water while also helping lower the carbon footprint of your growing operation.
Just one product can impact how efficiently my farm uses water?
Your choice of inputs absolutely affects water usage and consumption- from using less water, feed and fertilizer inputs, resisting water stress, using less processing and resources in manufacture and transportation. From the raw minerals all the way to harvest, a high quality fulvic acid like AGT-50 from Agtonik can help you use water more efficiently and be “Water-Wise” with your operation.