The purpose of this research project was to evaluate how Huma® liquid fertilizer products with Micro Carbon Technology® affect cucumber yield when compared with a control program of grower’s standard fertilizer.
Materials & Methods
This study was conducted at the Southeast Ag Research facilities in Chula, Ga. The experiment was conducted with four replicates. Each replication consisted of a 30-foot-long plot.
The Control plot used only an application of the grower’s standard fertilizer program. The Huma® plots also used the grower’s standard fertilizer program; in addition, the 4 Huma® liquid products were applied. The Huma® products included Zap® (soil health and fertility enhancer, applied as a soil drench at transplant), Breakout® and Vitol® (plant growth optimizers, foliarly applied 3 times during the season), and Max Pak® (micronutrients, foliarly applied with the plant growth optimizers 3 times during the growing season). Table 1 describes application details:
Table 1. Cucumber Fertilizer Treatments, Check and Huma®
Figure 1. Cucumber Fertilizer Treatments, Huma® and Control
The Huma® fertilizer treatment increased cucumber yield by 8 bushels per acre when compared with the Control treatment (Figure 1). The Control yielded 410 bu/acre, while the Huma® treatment yielded 418 bu/acre.
The Huma® fertilizer treatment increased the yield by 2% (8 bushels per acre) over the Control, with a return on investment (ROI) of 113%. The Huma® program can help cucumber farmers be more profitable while increasing yield.
Breakout®— feeds the natural metabolic process within the plant for enhanced bud initiation, flowering, and fruit set.
Max Pak®—a balanced, highly stable source of many important micronutrients.
Vitol®—increases plant nutrient uptake and smoothly transitions the plant through its growth stages.
Zap®—improves soil health by feeding the native microbiome for a strong, vigorous, balanced soil biology.
All products listed are powered by Micro Carbon Technology®, a proprietary blend of very small organic molecules that allow for more effective absorption of nutrients by plants.