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The 3 Benefits of Combining Straw Mulch With Humic Acids

The 3 Benefits of Combining Straw Mulch With Humic Acids

A Sustainable Solution for Soil Enrichment

The traditional practice of adding nitrogen to straw mulching in grain fields after harvest is no longer feasible like before due to environmental concerns. However, there is a better alternative that can promote sustainable agriculture while maintaining soil fertility and health: the use of humic acids.

Benefit 1: Nutrient Recycling

Adding nitrogen to straw mulching was commonly done to replenish soil nutrients lost during straw decomposition. However, synthetic nitrogen fertilizers contribute to water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. According to a study by Amador and Alexander (1988), humic acids act as natural nutrient-recycling agents. They facilitate the decomposition of straw, releasing essential nutrients, including nitrogen, in a slow and controlled manner. This ensures efficient nutrient recycling.

Benefit 2: Enhanced Nutrient Availability

Humic acids possess the unique ability to chelate or bind with essential nutrients, such as nitrogen and potassium. As a result, these nutrients are retained in the soil, preventing leaching and increasing their availability to plants. This improves nutrient uptake efficiency and reduces the dependency on external nitrogen inputs. The study by Amador and Alexander further supports this notion, stating that humic acids influence the mineralization of low concentrations of organic compounds by adsorbing or binding organic substrates.

Benefit 3: Improved Soil Fertility

Humic acids play a crucial role in enhancing soil fertility. They promote soil structure by encouraging the aggregation of soil particles, which improves water infiltration and reduces erosion. This enhanced soil structure creates a favorable environment for plant roots to access nutrients and water. Additionally, humic acids stimulate the growth of beneficial soil microorganisms, contributing to nutrient cycling and overall soil health. Susic (2016) highlights that soils can be replenished with humic acids through the recycling of plant and algal matter, or by adding decomposed sources like composts, mulch, peat, and lignite coals.


Combining straw mulch with humic acids provides several significant benefits for sustainable agriculture. By eliminating the need for synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, farmers can reduce environmental impacts while improving soil fertility and nutrient availability. The scientific research conducted by Amador and Alexander (1988) and Susic (2016) supports the efficacy of humic acids in enhancing soil health and their role in nutrient recycling. By incorporating humic acids into the straw mulching process, farmers can achieve healthier soils, promote sustainable practices, and contribute to a more environmentally friendly agricultural system.


•    Amador, J., & Alexander, M. (1988). Effect of humic acids on the mineralization of low concentrations of organic compounds. Soil Biology & Biochemistry.
•    Susic, M. (2016). Replenishing Humic Acids in Agricultural Soils. Agronomy.


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Humintech is a biotech company based in Grevenbroich, Germany. We are primarily focused on the research, development and industrial production of humic matter and humic acids for the agricultural sector. Our products find further use in pharmaceutical, construction industry, for ecological purposes such as water purification and soil decontamination.


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