Gypsum, organic matter & the do’s and don’ts of soil compaction

What is Soil Compaction? Soil compaction reduces porosity and impedes water and nutrient flow and root growth. It is generally induced by man-made activities and often requires man-made actions to remediate. If compaction is left unchecked, it will have negative impacts on soil, root growth and plant development. Compaction is always a...

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 naturally aggregated peds that improves structure and increases porosity. This probably is...

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 the introduction into the soil of calcium fertilization,...

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 damage and corrosive...