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1. Gypsum is both a good source of calcium and sulfur. 2. Gypsum increases crop yields 3. Gypsum for soil sustainability.

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Gypsum enhances many other qualities of the soil. Gypsum helps to remove water from the soil and prevents erosion. It also decreases the flow of phosphorus from soils to rivers and streams and increases, among other benefits, the quality of different fruits and vegetables.

Gypsum is a mineral that is commonly known to be concentrated in different places, and can be mined from the earth. 

Gypsum is rich in calcium as well as sulfur. Furthermore, gypsum’s chemical formula makes those nutrients more available to plants than certain other specific sources of nutrients. Gypsum is calcium sulfate, in chemical terms. The use is often confused with that of calcium carbonate, which is lime.

Gypsum can only slightly change the soil pH, but it can promote better crop root growth, particularly in acid soils, even without a big pH change. It is because the gypsum counteracts the root production toxicity of soluble aluminium. Aluminum occurs naturally in soil, and is therefore not a crop concern. 

Yet when the soil is acidic, plants will have the aluminum available — and it can weaken or kill them.

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Another advantage of gypsum is that it is a mineral with a good solubility. It ensures that calcium from lime (calcium carbonate) can travel deeper down into soil than calcium from phosphate.

This can inhibit deep-seated aluminum uptake and encourage deeper plant rooting. And during the drier times of a growing season, when roots are more abundant and can expand deeper into the soil profile, they can take more water and nutrients.

While moderately soluble, gypsum, over many growing seasons, can be an excellent source of sulphur. Studies showed that, depending on the initial application rate, the sulfur is not only usable in the year applied but will continue to supply sulfur for one or two years after that. Corn, soybean, canola, and other crop have benefited from gypsum as a sulfur fertilizer.

Gypsum can also help to improve the structure of soils. Many of us perceive soil as a static, uniform material. In addition, soil is a mixture of inorganic particles, organic particles, and a complex mixture of microbes from pore spaces, water, and soil.

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The composition of soil changes because of weather events such as rainstorms, tillage, or when plants pull nutrients to grow. Farmers have to maintain their land well to keep healthy crop yields year after year. Find  about the price of gypsum per ton – contact Vaalbrug Dolomite.

Improving the structure of soil helps farmers with certain common agricultural issues. Adding gypsum to the soil prevents erosion by improving soil’s ability to absorb water after precipitation, thus reducing runoff.

The application of gypsum also increases soil aeration and percolation of water by soil profiles. A recent research has shown the advantage of adding gypsum to enhance water movement through the profile to tile drains. This also limits the transport of phosphorus away from the ground.

Whatever approaches farmers seek to incorporate while using gypsum, there are many implementation options for them. The form of implementation method will of course be determined by the reasons for using gypsum and the test results of soil.

Finely crushed gypsum can be dissolved and placed in irrigation water. Farmers may apply gypsum before planting or right after harvest, and add it to topsoil. After hay cutting it can also be extended to hay fields. If equipment is needed (again, depending on the soil conditions), the farming equipment can be used to work gypsum into the soil.

Gypsum can not solve every agricultural problem but adding nutrients and improving soil structure will maximise your crop production. Agricultural Gypsum Suppliers – Vaalbrug Dolomite.


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