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Humic Shale Ore


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Humic Shale Ore


JTM Nutrients products are made with only 'non-animal' organic matter derived from humic shale ore. Humic shale ore is a naturally formed material composed of plant materials that have been decomposed into their basic organic ingredients. Think of it as completely composted compost.


This particular deposit was formed over a time-span of 75 million years, (between 150 and 75 million years ago). Unlike many deposits, this humate has never been exposed to sea water incursion and is therefore very low in salts. Referring to the picture you can see the unique limestone cap above the humate layers. This cap, in effect, has sealed-in the underlying ore, preserving and protecting it from rain, which leaches out valuable ingredients, and from photo degradation due to exposure to the Sun's UV rays.


Directly under the cap you see the ore. You will notice it has many layers and the layers have different colors. Each layer was formed during different periods in Earth's history, each lasting thousands or millions of years. One layer may represent a time when there was a coniferous forest growing here. Another layer represents when this area was a tropical forest, or a peat bog, or a grassland, etc. These layers are the geographical history of all the different plant communities that grew here at one time or another over the last 150 million years.


This deposit contains no animal bi-products as it is derived entirely from plants. Combining this highly fertile, environmentally pro-active material with specific high quality synthetic fertilizers allows you to feed both the plant and the beneficial soil microbes at the same time. This approach produces a synergistic effect that is better for the plant, better for the soil, better for the environment and better for the budget compared to fertilizers containing animal bi-products as their organic source.