Soil amendments manufactured by Vastly are designed to restore long-term soil health from a sustainable source.
Blair Jenet, environmental analyst with the Charlottesville, Va.-based Vastly, says the new lines of fertilizers are unique because they are manufactured from wheat straw. “We are making fulvic and humic acid from wheat straw. Most of the other fulvic and humic acid products are made from coal, and we believe there will be a lot of interest in our products because they are made from a sustainable source and are environmentally friendly,” Jenet said.
Vastly’s new fulvic and humic acid biostimulant products are designed to restore soil health, strengthen crops and increase yields, Jenet explained.
“They produce chelated micronutrients with strong mobility that can be carried directly to plant tissues and metabolic pathways to resolve element deficiency in plants. Once in the plant, the chelate releases the nutrients for easy use by plants,” he said.
The biostimulants are designed to decrease soil compaction by changing soil particle cohesion to create an ideal soil crumb structure for better root penetration, infiltration of water and fertilizer and oxygen exchange.
Jenet said the water-soluble fertilizer in granular and liquid form is now only available in Virginia, but the company hopes the product will soon be sold in California, Texas and Florida and eventually nationally.
The products are designed to stimulate natural plant hormones that increase fertilizer absorption and efficiency. “Roots grow deeper to better access water and nutrients. Vastly soil amendment products change the soil chemistry so that nutrients are retained in the rooting zone boosting plant productivity and restoring soil health,” Jenet said.
In addition to making organic fertilizer from wheat straw, Vastly manufactures paper products from the cellulose from the straw. “We make everything from toilet paper to paper towels to paper plates from wheat straw,” he explained.
In the future, Vastly plans to purchase wheat straw from farmers for both its paper products and organic biostimulant soil amendments.
To learn more, access their website at http://www.vastly.com/fertilizer.