EcoGEM hires Chief Operating Officer

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

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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Yellowing of crop leaves? It could be iron chlorosis.

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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The multiple benefits of gypsum in agriculture

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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What’s your grade? Agricultural or solution?

It’s a dichotomy – the impact of calcium on phosphorus retention and availability. Fields that receive large amounts of manure or litter contain large amounts of phosphorus. Phosphorus that isn't taken up by plants remains in the subsoil and is displaced by runoff. If...

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Gypsum and its role in trapping ammonia gas

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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Pellets, prills, or crushed: the differences explained

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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Gypsum and how it corrects aluminum toxicity in the subsoil

Can gypsum be applied on organic farms? Commercial farmers, organic growers, home owners, turf managers and others can benefit from application of gypsum (calcium sulfate) in remediating salinity and sodium issues and improving soil structure. However they can’t all...

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

Soils in the world degrade generally from human induced activity like logging, mining, drilling (for oil or natural gas), accidental spills or farming. However, nature can also degrade soils with changes in landscape and water levels. Once soils are degraded, they are...

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Learn about the different sources of gypsum

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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How the sulfur cycle works in crop nutrition

Understanding Water Quality Problems and How Gypsum Can Help Solve Them In a new report, Dr. Brent Rouppet, Ph.D., explores how your irrigation water can harm your soil, even when you think it is helping your plants. Learn more about your soil's chemistry, how the...

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My plan for a 2014 field study using gypsum

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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Learn how gypsum helps growers use less water

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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The value of calcium for creating good soil and good plants

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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The benefits of calcium sulfate as a crop & plant nutrient

What happened to all that sulfur that naturally came from the atmosphere? One of the things about farming in this century is that farmers can no longer rely on the soil providing all the sulfur a crop needs. Sulfur is probably the most overlooked nutrient into today's...

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My personal experience with high sodium soil

What happened to all that sulfur that naturally came from the atmosphere? One of the things about farming in this century is that farmers can no longer rely on the soil providing all the sulfur a crop needs. Sulfur is probably the most overlooked nutrient into today's...

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Can gypsum be applied with other fertilizers?

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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