Monday, 8 April 2013

The role of gypsum in agriculture: 5 key benefits you should know

CropLife reports from the Midwest Soil Improvement Symposium where the latest research and practical insights into using gypsum was presented.

While farmers have used gypsum (calcium sulphate dihydrate) for centuries, it has received renewed attention in recent years. This resurgence is due in large part to ongoing research and practical insights from leading experts that highlight the many benefits of gypsum.

Here are five key (and overlapping) benefits of gypsum highlighted at the symposium:

1. Source of calcium and sulphur for plant nutrition.
2. Corrects soil acidity and treats aluminium toxicity.
3. Improves soil structure.
4. Improves water infiltration.
5. Helps reduce runoff and erosion.

Read the full report here.