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Soybeans Ahoy! – China’s Numbers are Mind Boggling

Touch the Soil News #344 (story cover photo courtesy of CSIRO) The USDA, among other things, keeps track of who is buying the most food in the world. Recently the USDA revealed some astonishing perspective about soybeans for the current farm season. The top buyer of course is China, and the single most purchased product is soybeans and soy oil. Here are the numbers: China is expected to import 85 million metric tonnes of soybeans this crop year. China is expected to import 13.5 million metric tonnes of soy oil this crop year which took about 74 million metric tonnes of soybeans to produce. China is planning to grow about…

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Kelp4Less Product News – Humic Acid

Touch the Soil News # 175 Long before recorded history, soil amendments made from organic matter – such as humic acids – have been known by farmers to be beneficial to plant growth. A few years back, a 2006 study conducted at Ohio State University said in part that: “Humic acids” increased plant growth and that there were relatively large responses at low application rates. (1) Humic acid is a principal component of humic substances which are the major organic constituents of soil and peat. Humic is produced by biodegradation of dead organic matter. It is not a single acid, rather a complex mixture of different acids. Humic acids are…

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