EcoGEM hires Chief Operating Officer

EcoGEM hires Chief Operating Officer David Martin has joined EcoGEM as its Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Martin brings 25 years of operating experience in food and agriculture companies.  Most recently, he served as Vice President of Operations at Essentia Protein...

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Using Gypsum to Grow Better Alfalfa

Alfalfa is a popular forage crop grown across the world. To grow better alfalfa, farmers must manage soil conditions and nutrition well. EcoGEM® gypsum can help. It improves soil structure and provides calcium and sulfur. Alfalfa is well-adapted to the intermountain...

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The Calcium Cycle in Agriculture [Infographic]

Inspired by his previous work explaining The Calcium Cycle, we partnered again with Dr. Davidson to create an infographic explaining the calcium cycle in agriculture. Since calcium plays a critical role as a crop nutrient and as a soil amendment, farmers who...

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Are California Farmers Water Hogs?

In his commentary in the Wall Street Journal, California Farmers Aren't the Water Hogs, Ted Sheely discusses the blame farmers are asked to take for the water shortage in California. Sheely, a farmer himself in California's San Joaquin Valley, argues that the media is...

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Getting the most from your gypsum application

Correcting poor soil structure conditions with an application of gypsum can have a significant impact on soil tilth and crop yields. However, many producers overlook this practice because they are not aware of the benefits to soil structure as well as a readily...

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Yellowing of crop leaves? It could be iron chlorosis.

Gypsum can help remediate iron chlorosis. Iron chlorosis is a yellowing of plant leaves caused by iron deficiency. However it is not always a true iron deficiency but rather an iron tie-up in plants and soil. Yellow leaves indicate a lack of chlorophyll, the green...

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The multiple benefits of gypsum in agriculture

If considering a purchase of calcium sulfate dihydrate (gypsum), it is important to understand the many varied benefits and when they take effect in agriculture. As both a soil amendment and a crop nutrient source, gypsum will remediate sodic soils, help manage saline...

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What’s your grade? Agricultural or solution?

Agricultural or solution? When reading marketing literature about gypsum, we often see gypsum referred to as solution grade gypsum. This product is primarily targeted for the irrigation market. Is solution grade gypsum any different than conventional gypsum? Gypsum is...

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Gypsum and its role in trapping ammonia gas

Animal manures and composts inevitably release ammonia into the atmosphere. These waste products are rich in nutrients and contain organic forms of nitrogen. They are rich in biological life that feed on carbon and nutrients, and in the process, they mineralize or...

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Pellets, prills, or crushed: the differences explained

Ag Gyp is mined from deposits and is marketed as a powder. It can range in purity from less that 60% to more than 90% on a dihydrate equivalent basis. Since it was ground, it will pass through screen tests ranging from 50 to 200 mesh, and each batch will contain a...

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Gypsum and how it corrects aluminum toxicity in the subsoil

How does calcium remediate pH problems associated with an acid subsoil? Soils can be acid or alkaline. Acid soils occur where there has been a lot of rainfall over the centuries. Acid soils are highly weathered, and many minerals and bases have been leached. Alkaline...

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How much sulfur should be in my soil for optimal growing?

How much sulfur do plants need for optimal growing? Both the yield and quality of crops grown on sulfur-deficient soils are reduced unless supplemental sulfur is included as fertilizer. Sulfur can increase crop yields and quality and result in significant economic...

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Learn about the different sources of gypsum

Not all gypsum products are alike and some can be downright ineffective and even hazardous so know what you are buying before you purchase and apply it. Gypsum can be mined from deposits or derived as a by-product from industrial processing. Synthetic gypsum can come...

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How the sulfur cycle works in crop nutrition

Sulfur is an essential nutrient for crops. The element is primarily found in sedimentary rocks, but it also cycles between the soil, living things and the atmosphere. Learn about how the sulfur cycle works in crop nutrition to understand how applying sulfur may help...

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My plan for a 2014 field study using gypsum

2014 Gypsum Studies Truth be known, I am a fan of gypsum. I have written about it and studied marketing pieces, research data and scientific articles. But at the end of the day, I like what it does to the soil. My current passion is improving soil health. If I were to...

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Learn how gypsum helps growers use less water

Gypsum Improves Water Efficiency Gypsum provides many benefits to the soil including water storage. Calcium sulfate impacts soil structure which influences its ability to capture and store water. Calcium in gypsum helps flocculate soil particles together into more...

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The value of calcium for creating good soil and good plants

What is the value of calcium? K. K. Gedroiz, scientists with the Forestry Institute in Leningrad stated in 1931 in the Soil Science Journal "After the practically complete replacement from the soil of all exchangeable calcium, the plants required for their development...

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The benefits of calcium sulfate as a crop & plant nutrient

Gypsum Benefits Plants Calcium sulfate is good for plants but generally no one thinks of it as a source of important source of plant nutrients. Generally everyone thinks of calcium sulfate, or gypsum, as a soil amendment and it is. But it much more than that – it is...

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My personal experience with high sodium soil

Remediating Salts – Personal Experience One of the known benefits of applying gypsum is displacing sodium (Na) in the soil with calcium so that it can leach below the root zone with irrigation or rainfall. Why is sodium bad for plants? Most people are aware of the...

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Organic matter and soil: the “why’s” and “how’s”

Why does organic matter improve soil? If you farm or garden, do you check the organic matter levels of your soil? It is a good indicator of soil health since you can’t have good health without it. Organic matter feeds the microbes that build the soil. One of the goals...

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Can gypsum be applied with other fertilizers?

Gypsum is a fertilizer product that supplies the crop with a soluble and available form of calcium (Ca2+) and sulfur (SO42-). If these forms are deficient in soil, then crop productivity will benefit if gypsum is applied. Today gypsum is sold either as ag-gyp or...

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