We have been applying Humate from Humate Solutions on our Dairy Farm in Morrinsville for the last 2 seasons.
We are a system 5 farm with feed pad and we irrigate 100% of the farm with effluent.
As such we have a lot of organic matter being returned to the soil. The application of Humate speeds up the composting process as well as making more minerals available for the grass to uptake and use.
This year when we did our fertiliser soil test and the recommendation was “no further application of fertiliser necessary”. We also did a test on a grass sample and the lab said it was the best result they had seen regarding the quality and composition of what was in the grass.
We did of course apply another lot of Humate at 100 kilos per hectare to maintain soil condition.
Since using Humate we have also noticed a 30% reduction in Somatic Cell Count (this season so far 80,000). Part of this we believe is due to the cows eating a much higher quality of grass.
And perk up they did! I even had a rock melon this year (we live in an alpine village) without having a glasshouse to grow anything in.
I am truly impressed by Dave’s products. He also sells his own compost too, which is super rich in goodness. If you are thinking of purchasing something to boost your garden with, I would seriously recommend using these products.
Thank you very very much David. I’ll be ordering more come spring
Our bowling green has only about 40mm of topsoil over yellow Northland clay which makes keeping a good cover of Starweed difficult. (Mixed with the Starweed is some cotula maniototo and dioca)
With permission from the committee we initially purchased a tonne of Humate and applied that, mixed with soil, when the April renovation of the green was carried out.
After a month or so we could see that the winter growth was ahead of time and the whole green was looking better than normal. The strong growth continued throughout the playing season with good cover over the whole green.
The green keeper was pleased and now continues to apply Humate at renovation times. He says that using Humate has been the main reason for the green being one of the best greens in the Northland area. This is borne out by the very favourable comments from visiting bowlers.”