NEW PRODUCT INTRODUCTION
The Andersons HCU (Humic Coated Urea)
50 lb bag
HCU (Humic Coated Urea) granules are an innovative nitrogen source featuring urea-humate fusion. This proprietary technology produces a cost effective 44-0-0 nitrogen granule that is bonded with a potassium humate coating. This coating works synergistically with urea to promote and enhance soil biology, unlike many competitive products, which keep nutrients available by suppressing biological processes. In recognition of support of the HCU product launch, The Andersons is pleased to make an introductory offer of a $75 Amazon gift card based on the purchase of 40 bags of HCU during the program period.
There are many types of controlled-release or enhanced efficiency nitrogen products available that provide the single benefit of potentially improving the utilization of applied nitrogen. Some nitrogen products use physical coatings such as polymers and/or sulfur to slow the release of nitrogen, while enhanced efficiency nitrogen products use chemical additives to suppress beneficial soil biology.
HCU granules are different by design. They utilize urea- humate fusion technology which bonds a uniform coating of potassium humate over a urea granule. This coating does not act as a physical barrier to slow nitrogen release, but works synergistically with urea to promote and enhance soil biology.
HCU granules contain beneficial fulvic and humic acids that provide a rich carbon source for maintaining and improving soil biology. Fulvic and humic acids have numerous proven benefits for soil and plant health which include: enhanced nutrient efficiency, micronutrient uptake, soil nutrient holding capacity, biological activity, and water holding capacity.
Both fulvic and humic acids have unique physical and chemical properties that contribute to their effectiveness and the way they complement fertilizer programs.
“Humic substances are recognized by most soil scientists and agronomists as the most important component of a healthy, fertile soil.”
Humic acid provides a carbon food source which stimulates soil microbiology. Carbon is an essential plant nutrient that provides soil microbes with a food source and habitat. Microbes support soil and overall plant health by making nutrients available to plants in the inorganic form. Humic acid is a primary food source to grow populations of beneficial soil fungi, including mycorrhizal fungi.
The complex structure of humic acids enables many opportunities for interactions with nutrients. These interactions keep nutrients accessible to the growing plants and prevent leaching or tie up. Humic acids also increase the availability of micronutrients to the plant. Larger molecules of humic acids physically modify soil structure which increases soil aggregate stability, improves water infiltration, nutrient holding capacity, aeration, soil tilth, and workability.
Soluble & Spreadable
HCU granules are multipurpose soluble granules that can be solubilized for spray application or dry applied through typical dry spreading equipment. HCU 44-0-0 granules are a cost effective nitrogen source, and are well suited for use on large turf applications such as golf course tees, aprons, fairways and roughs, sports fields, commercial and residential lawns, ornamentals, and specialty crops.
HCU granules completely solubilize when added to water and can be spray applied at nitrogen rates of 0.10 - 1.00 lbs. N/1,000 ft2. To mix HCU granules for spray application, refer to the label for application rates, water volume, dilution, and mixing instructions. HCU granules can be mixed and added to the spray tank using industry standard practices including: pouring into the strainer basket at the top tank opening and running water over the granules to solubilize, preparing a bucket slurry mixture, adding granules through the spray tank inductor system, or preparing a solution in a mix batch tank system. The time required to solubilize HCU granules is reduced by using warm or hot water. HCU granules are compatible with the most widely used control products for finely maintained cool and warm season turf. For more details, visit DiscoverHCU.com.
DRY SPREAD APPLICATION
Urea-humate fusion technology produces a clean, dry, dust-free, spherical HCU granule that is ideal for dry spread application. HCU granules can be applied through all types of granular spreading equipment including The Andersons Professional rotary spreaders, and larger scale broadcast spreaders such as Lely and Vicon models. Typical application rates range from 0.75 – 1.50 lbs N/1000 ft2.