“Keeping The Water In The Ground For Your Crops!”

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A trick that can turn a dry piece of land into some of the most fertile farmland around is using Gypsum. a trick that can turn a dry piece of dirt into some of the most fertile farmland around. this mineral isn’t solely responsible for turning the plot around. Your soil also needs to be aided by compost, cover crops, and new planting rotations. While the environmental community has focused on water, air, and plant life, for some reason, they have kind of ignored the importance of soil. Gypsum, also known as selenite or calcium sulfate, isn’t new to agriculture—records of its application date back as early as the 16th century. But with concerns over food production in the coming decades, which promise both increased populations and extreme weather, including drought, the mineral could help make things easier for farmers. gypsum has been used to increase crop yield—in some cases by as much as 66 percent—and reduce the amount of water needed for irrigation by as much as 30 percent. It also fortifies crops with extra calcium and helps remediate sodic soils—soil that contains too much sodium, which can hinder water absorption.

According to a report from the United Nations released in October, losing arable cropland to salty soils is increasingly becoming a global problem. Each week the world loses an area larger than Manhattan to salt-degradation.

Not everyone is convinced that it’s a wonder product. While gypsum is very effective at breaking up compacted soils and reducing salinity, it doesn’t make sense to use in all soil types. In sandy soil, for example, it neither improves fertility or water retention. It’s benefits are short-lived too, requiring repeat applications every couple of months. In its natural form, gypsum is found in mines mostly located across North America, but the mineral can be contaminated with other less desirable elements. In its synthetic form, it is generated as a byproduct of coal-fired power plants—not the type of thing you want to use in food production. Gypsum can come from different sources, so you have to question where the material came from and if it is clean. By clean, I’m not talking about purity of the product, but is it clean of heavy metals.

Gypsum can help soil better absorb nitrogen from fertilizers, minimizing runoff. Keeping nitrogen in the soil and out of waterways could reduce harmful algal blooms that can produce dangerous toxins in water, as was the case with the contaminated drinking water in Toledo, Ohio, last August. “For a long time putting on traditional fertilizers meant farm productivity went up. Now, it’s not the case. We need to go to the next thing to improve farm productivity, which means improving structure of soil so the materials on the farm are actually being used instead of contaminating the environment. Changing the earth doesn’t happen overnight. You need to put it in perspective and have a plan and gypsum is a highly effective tool but it’s not a silver bullet. 🙂 So add a little gypsum to your garden and crop areas and you will see the difference the first year! 🙂


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2 Responses to This Mineral Can Help Farmers Cope With the Drought?

  1. WHITECROW3 says:

    You know me I am into helping other live the way they want to in every area of life

  2. Cody black says:

    Hey pop great info keep it up. I’m looking to learning more.

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