Our Humate Deposit
Our products are made from a natural supply of humic material found in Coastal Georgia. The deposit is a unique natural blend of organic matter that was deposited in a bowl shaped depression hundreds of thousands of years ago. Like all humates, the resource comes from plant and animal remains that have been breaking down over eons, creating a carbon-rich vein of humic and fulvic acids. This resource lies just below the surface, but this deposit has never been compressed as some others have, so the material didn’t harden over the years. Like many of the earth’s mineral resources, humate is found in various qualities. Some very large deposits aren’t the best quality, while others are rich. The area that supplies our products is particularly good because of its age (not too young, not too old) and biological make up. Humates are a complicated mixture of compounds, but people have recognized for hundreds of years that plants grow better with humus. Native Americans used it; early settlers from Europe followed their example.
“Humic substances, the major components of soil organic matter, are important to agricultural areas such as soil chemistry, biology, and fertility, as well as environmental quality. The multiple parts played by these materials can greatly benefit plant growth. Examples are their contributions in plant growth enhancement, increasing fertilizer efficiency, or reducing soil compaction” USDA ReportIn modern times, people harvest and use humic material for its ability to remediate pollution. Humates act as an organic surfactant to detoxify contamination. That’s why the resource in Coastal Georgia was first tapped. Many poultry farmers across the country rely on Southland Organics products to provide a natural solution to a natural problem. Keeping the chickens’ environment clean of ammonia is important to the health of the birds, and Southland’s carbon-rich compounds do just that. Those same compounds help to restore depleted soil, replenishing nutrients and improving plant health, an area that researchers have been exploring more over the past several years.