Water in Farming

WATER IN FARMING

Agriculture currently uses roughly 70% of all freshwater withdrawals in the world today; primarily due to irrigation. By 2030 the United Nations estimates ½ of the world’s population will live in high water-stress locales1. Another study predicts that by 2040 there will not be enough water in the world to quench the thirst of the world’s population and its energy needs (energy is the second largest user of water)2.

Given that agriculture requires so much of the world’s freshwater, Farmers have been seeking solutions to use less water.

“Calcium Sulfate Dihydrate can reduce irrigation water requirements by up to 30%”, 3 The application of Calcium Sulfate Dihydrate improves the soil structure and porosity of soil so that it will retain more water.
Calcium Sulfate Dihydrate will increase the infiltration of water and its hydraulic conductivity into the soil. This will allow the roots to grow deeper with more access to water.

Irrigation Water Has Other Issues: Most irrigation water today comes from snow melt, underground aquifers, or reclaimed water. Although these are helpful sources, they are not without their own issues. Snowmelt often lacks enough minerals and leaches calcium below the root zones, resulting in less robust plants. Underground aquifer water and reclaimed waters often have the opposite problem – too much salt. Too much salt stunts the growth of the plant.

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By adding Calcium Sulfate Dihydrate you can:

  • Replace the lost calcium caused by the leaching in a low mineral irrigation water environment;
  • Displace sodium in the soil allowing sodium to leach out.

Then, there is the cost to buy water. In some cases, access to water is regulated and comes with a significant cost. Just think of the savings if you could reduce your irrigation water requirements 30%?

 

In times of water scarcity, it’s time for better soil; it’s time for EcoGEM, LLC’s Soil Enhancer!

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Preserving our Lakes, Streams, Rivers and Oceans

Lakes, Streams, Rivers and Coastal Waters in addition to other things, are for recreation – to fish or swim in the water! You long for those summer days to float on the lake, swim in the pond, fish the river, jump into the ocean. What simple pleasures these can be – what memories they contain.


Our surface waters and waterways are becoming unusable due to the growth of algae blooms in the water. Lake Erie, The Mississippi River, The Chesapeake Bay, The Gulf Coast, The Red Tides of Florida and New Jersey Coasts have all experienced this dreadful problem. These algal blooms consume oxygen and kills off aquatic life in the water. The bloom also has known harmful physical impact to humans like vomiting, rashes and some neurological diseases.

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By applying Calcium Sulfate Dihydrate to the land, you improve the soil structure and porosity of the soil. This enhances water infiltration into the soil, minimizing excess water-nitrogen-phosphorous LOSSES IN run-off5 .
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The primary cause of these algae blooms is known: Run off into the waterway of nitrogen, phosphorous, other fertilizers and in some cases human factors. This run-off occurs when the soil is crusted or compacted and after a heavy rainfall the water on the agricultural land or gardens runs-off of the land taking the nitrogen and phosphorous with it.
But just as the cause of these algae blooms is known, so are solutions.

The application of Calcium Sulfate Dihydrate improves the soil structure and porosity of soil so that it can retain more water. “Calcium Sulfate Dihydrate enhances water efficiency so 25% - 100% more water is available in Calcium Sulfate Dihydrate treated soils compared to untreated soils.”6 EcoGEM Soil Enhancer improves soil structure trapping the Phosphorous in the soil thus preventing run-off which causes these algae blooms.

Help us bring these lakes, streams, and rivers back to life!

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1 United Nations Human Development Report, 2006 UNDP

2Aarhus University, Denmark, Winnie Axelson, Science Daily July 29, 2014

3Oster J.D., (1982) Gypsum usage in irrigated agriculture: A review. Fertilizer Research 3, pp73-89 (1982).

4Dr. Brent Rouppert

5O’Brien, D. (2017) Using Gypsum to Help Reduce Phosphorus Runoff, USDA Agriculture Research Service-Research and Science Feb 21, 2017

6 Dr. Brent Rouppert

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