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Rich Earth™ Prehistoric Humate / Soil Amendments

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RICH EARTH™ Soil Compost is derived from concentrated humic shale. It is listed by OMRI (OrganicMaterial Review Institute) for use in organic production. It contains 45% humic acid and 70+ trace minerals. It is used to supplement marginal soil with low organic matter and salt problems. May also help aid in releasing unavailable micronutrients and increase water holding capacity. Makes an excellent addition to any compost or fertilizer program.

Humic shale is an ancient plant deposit that was created 75 million years ago in the upper cretaceous period. The four prominent plant groups at that time include ferns, cycads, conifers, and angiosperms (flowering plants like magnolia, ficus, and sassafras). Humic acids are a group of compounds created by the degradation of organic matter and are a portion of natures biological processes. Over time the deposited material has decomposed and reduced into humic, fulvic, and ulmic fractions.

Humic acids are becoming a significant biostimulant to mainstream agricultural and gardening practices because of the many benefits that it contributes to the soil. Currently a crop is removed from the field and no plant material is returned to the soil. The humification process is hindered if no material is added and as a result the soil has reduced levels of organic compounds that will transition into humic acid. This process creates soils low in organic matter that may lack sufficient levels of humic acids to maintain proper fertilizer retention. Adding humic acid to a fertilizer program may help increase nutrient availability and retain the nutrients in the root zone.

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What is RICH EARTH™?


RICH EARTH™ is a 100% natural prehistoric humate loaded with 45% humic acids and 70 trace minerals.

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What is humate?
Humate is a band of soft rock (humic shale ore) just below peat and millions of years before it would become lignite, then, coal. When plant and animal matter decomposes (humus) the end result is humic acids. Humate is the salts of humic acids. All soil contains some humus. Without humus and the humic acids it contains, plants cannot grow and survive.

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What is humic shale ore?

Humic shale ore is an ancient plant deposit that was created 75 million years ago in the upper cretaceous period. The four prominent plant groups at that time include ferns, cycads, conifers, and angiosperms (flowering plants like magnolia, ficus, and sassafras). This band of earth was covered by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago, sealed and compressed into the band of RICH EARTHtm humate we have today.

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Where can I find the MSDS sheets for Rich Earth products?

MSDS sheets are availble on the products page. Click here to open that page.

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What is RICH EARTH™?
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What is humate?
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What is humic shale ore?
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Where can I find the MSDS sheets for Rich Earth products?
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What are humic acids?
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What can RICH EARTH™
Humate do for my soil?

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Is RICH EARTH™ a fertilizer?
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Is RICH EARTH™ good for all
my flowers and trees?

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Is RICH EARTH™ safe for
the environment?

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What makes RICH EARTH™
humate so unique? Aren't there
other humate mines in the world?

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How do I use RICH EARTH™
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Do I have to move my mulch
before using RICH EARTH™?

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Can I use RICH EARTH™ on my
indoor plants and container plants?

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Why is supplementing with
humic acids necessary?

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What can be done to
supplement depleted soil?

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What Is the pH of RICH EARTHtm ?
Will it change the level of acid in my soil?

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What is soil organic matter?
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How much plant tissue ends
up as humus?

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What is a good source of humus?
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Is RICH EARTH™ OMRI certified?
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Can I add RICH EARTH™ along
with my fertilizer?

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Why does the color of RICH EARTH™
Humate vary?

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What is the difference between
RICH EARTH™ and Greensand?

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What are the Trace Minerals
found in RICH EARTH™?

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How does Rich Earth™ with a pH
of 3 balance any type of soil whether
low in acid or too high?

 
 

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What are humic acids?

Humic acids are a group of compounds created by the degradation of organic matter and are a portion of natures biological processes. Over time the deposited material has decomposed and reduced into humic, fulvic, and ulmic fractions.

Humic acids are becoming a significant biostimulant to mainstream agricultural and gardening practices because of the many benefits that it contributes to the soil. Currently a crop is removed from the field and no plant material is returned to the soil. The humification process is hindered if no material is added and as a result the soil has reduced levels of organic compounds that will transition into humic acid. This process creates soils low in organic matter that may lack sufficient levels of humic acids to maintain proper fertilizer retention. Adding humic acid to a compost or fertilizer program may help increase nutrient availability and retain the nutrients in the root zone.

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What can RICH EARTH™ Humate do for my soil?


RICH EARTH™ humate helps aerate the soil, improves water retention, and increases cation exchange (the electrical energy capacity of the soil). It even works to break up compacted CLAY and allow plant roots to grow and absorb needed nutrients. Balanced soil grows healthy plants.

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Is RICH EARTH™ a fertilizer?


NO! RICH EARTHtm is a soil additive and soil compost made from an all natural source. RICH EARTH™ has a completely different molecular structure than fertilizer. RICH EARTH™ contains 70 trace minerals while man-made fertilizers concentrate just three minerals. . .N-P-K. Overuse of three minerals actually depletes the soil of other valuable minerals (calcium, magnesium, zinc, etc.). Add good organic compost along with RICH EARTH™ to build up garden beds and to develop proper soil structure for growing the healthiest plants.

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Is RICH EARTH™ good for all my flowers and trees?


YES! The minerals in RICH EARTH™ were part of living organisms at one time. This makes them immediately absorbable into existing plants. The result. . .beautiful, healthy plants, bigger blooms, sweeter tasting vegetables, disease resistant plants, trees and shrubs. . . .naturally.

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Is RICH EARTH™ safe for the environment?


Absolutely! RICH EARTHtm is 100% natural. There are no binders or fillers in RICH EARTHtm and because RICH EARTHtm is already decomposed plant matter it can never hurt or burn a plant like man-made fertilizers which have a high salt index and high levels of N-P-K. RICH EARTHtm is one of the best products that can be used on landscaping especially near waterways.

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What makes RICH EARTH™ humate so unique?
Aren't there other humate mines in the world?


RICH EARTH™ is mined in Southeastern Utah in a dry, arid desert. The nutrients, as well as the high (14%) fulvic and (45%) humic acids content have never been leached out. Other humates cannot compare to the high quality of RICH EARTH™. It is especially the high fulvic acids content that makes RICH EARTH™ stand out from all other humates. Plants need fulvic acids to grow strong, withstand stress, dry weather, and cutting.

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How do I use RICH EARTH™


Add 1 oz. (2 TBS.) per six inch pot or for every 1 lb. of potting soil. For lawns use the formula - 1 lb. per 100 sq. ft. If severely depleted soil, double the amount the first year. Use less each following year, as needed.

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Do I have to move my mulch before using RICH EARTH™?


RICH EARTHtm is very heavy and can eventually work its way down through mulch to the roots of your plants. Yet, if you want faster and better results move the mulch around the drip line of the plant, tree or bush, and place RICH EARTHtm directly in the circle / trench.

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Can I use RICH EARTH™ on my indoor plants and container plants?


Yes, indoor plants and container plants need RICH EARTHtm in the mix - add twice as often. Container plants miss the benefits of being in the ground with all the microbe activity and nutrients from rain and decomposition. Plants in pots tend to deplete their soil quickly and these plants do best with RICH EARTHtm added every 4-6 months along with a slow release fertilizer (use half as much fertilizer as package directions). Refresh the potting soil yearly, as well.

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Why is supplementing with humic acids necessary?


Because current farming and gardening practices don't allow for all plant materials to be returned back to soil humus, some type of stable humus needs to be added. Often all of the plant material is taken from the fields for our own energy needs. This practice starves the microbes and reduces the populations in the soil. If this cycle continues for several years the soil organic matter and microbe populations are reduced creating a hard, dead soil.

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What can be done to supplement depleted soil?


If the soil is to be continually planted with no changes it is suggested to add humic acid because of the role it plays in the soil. RICH EARTHtm helps to increase microbe populations and at the top of this list are the familiar red earth worms. They in turn help to create fertile soil year after year in your garden. This concept applies to any soil low in organic material, clay or with stubble and thatch.

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What Is the pH of RICH EARTHtm ?
Will it change the level of acid in my soil?


RICH EARTHtm is a pH of 3. RichEarth? buffers low and high pH soils - NEVER BURNS. RICH EARTHtm will NOT change the pH of your soil. RICH EARTHtm has no salt index, thus, will never burn or hurt a plant or roots, even if you use more RICH EARTHtm than the recommended amount.

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What is soil organic matter?


Soil organic matter is a term that encompasses all organic components of the soil whether it is living, dead, or decomposed. Fully decomposed plant matter is called humus, both non-humic and humic substances, and comprises 60-80% of the soil organic matter.

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How much plant tissue ends up as humus?


In a balanced soil in one year 2/3 of the plant residue is lost as CO2 to microbial digestion. After full decomposition as little as 15% is left as humus.

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What is a good source of humus?


Common practices for supplementing soil humus are done by adding already decomposed plant material or compost. Materials that are high in humic acids are called humates and generally a good source of long-term humus. The most common sources of humates include humic shale ore, leonardite, lignite, and peat. RICH EARTH™ is the richest humate found in the world to date and is mined in Utah.

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Is RICH EARTH™ OMRI certified?


RICH EARTH™ Humate/100% Natural Mineral Compost is derived from concentrated humic shale. It is listed by OMRI (OrganicMaterial Review Institute) for use in organic production.

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Can I add RICH EARTH™ along with my fertilizer?


Yes. RICH EARTH™ contains 45% humic acid, 1.5 % sulfur, 2.5% Iron, and the rest of the 70 trace minerals. It is used to supplement marginal soil with low organic matter and salt problems. May also help aid in releasing unavailable micronutrients and increase water holding capacity. Makes an excellent addition to any compost or fertilizer program. RICH EARTH™ helps make all your fertilizers and compost work even better. Remember, you can use less (up to half as much) fertilizer when using RICH EARTH™.

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Why does the color of RICH EARTH™ Humate vary?


The difference in the humate color can be due to two main factors: moisture and fulvic content. Generally, in the springtime we have both stored inventory and also fresh run from the mine. The desert air dries the stored humic acid well under 10% moisture; the humic shale is 15% moisture in the mine. Moisture will cause some color variation due to that fact. The humic/fulvic ratio will also affect the color. When there is more fulvic acid in the material, the color is lighter, conversely, the darker the color the more ulmic and humic acid. The variance is slight, however it does affect the color.

Regarding the size difference, we have different sized screens. We run a larger one for agriculture and a smaller one for golf greens and turf. The greens-grade is more labor and more waste. If you want a specific size you need to specify, otherwise you will get our standard size, which varies somewhat.

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What is the difference between RICH EARTH™ and Greensand?


Humic acids and Greensand are quite different as soil amendments because they differ significantly in composition. They both provide trace minerals, but they should not be recommended interchangeably solely on the mineral content. The major components of these are quite different. Please see our web site for more information (www.richearth.net)

In summary Greensand is a mineral deposit of variouscations in the oxide form (which is considered to be the least available form of most of those nutrients). Also contains high silicon (sand). Use this product for the potassium content and the small amounts of trace minerals.

Comparatively, humic acids are the end result of decomposition and a core component of soil organic matter. Primarily humates consist of approximately 70% organic acids that have MANY benefits to the soil. Use this to help increase the availability of micronutrients, mitigate salts in addition to increasing water retention and germination.

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What are the Trace Minerals found in RICH EARTH™?


The list of minerals is extensive yet, the amount of each is small . .all of them found naturally. Plants find what they need to grow healthy with RICH EARTHtm and in turn, provide the vast amount of minerals in the fruits and vegetables for us: Carbon, Lithium, Beryllium, Boron, Sodium, Magnesium, Aluminum, Silicon, Phosphorus, Sulfur, Chlorine, Potassium, Calcium, Scandium, Titanium, Vanadium, Chromium, Manganese, Iron, Cobalt, Nickel, Copper, Zinc, Germanium, Arsenic, Selenium, Rubidium, Strontium, Yttrium, Lutetium, Tantalum, Zirconium, Niobium, Molybdenum, Ruthenium, Rhodium, Palladium, Silver, Cadmium, Indium, Tin, Antimony, Tellurium, Iodine, Cesium, Barium, Lanthanum, Cerium, Praseodymium, Neodymium, Samarium, Europium, Gadolinium, Terbium, Dysprosium, Holmium, Erbium, Thulium, Oxygen, Ytterbium, Hafnium, Nitrogen, Tungsten, Osmium, Platinum, Mercury, Lead, Hydrogen, Rhenium, Iridium, Gold, Thallium, Bismuth.

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How does Rich Earth™ with a pH of 3 balance any type of soil whether low in acid or too high?


pH is a balance of H+ and OH- ions. So if something was neutral pH is would be in theory H+ and OH- together, or HOH. In scientific notation you summarize the H to read H2O . . . Water! That is why water is neutral.

What is notmally an acid has H+ attached. HCl, is hydrogen (H+) and Clorine (Cl) To make hydrocloric acid.

What is normally a base has -OH attached. NaOH, is hydroxide(-OH) and Sodium (Na) to make Sodium Hydroxide.

Imagine the humic acid molecule as a long knotted rope with more H+ attached to it than -OH. It also has pleanty of space to exchange molecules. The "space" is created on the corners of the carbon bonds.

Now let's do some simple math just to illustrate how humate buffers pH. Imagine in a potted plant you had you had 100 ea. H+ ions and 50 ea. -OH ions. The net result is 50 ea. extra H+ ion floating around. Then you add the humic acid which has extra exchange site that can receive 25 ea. H+ ions. The net result of the balancing act is 25 ea. H+ extra ion floating around.

Buffering is a way of taking those molecules out of the solution without removing them.

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