Effects of Gypsum as a Soil Conditioner on Physical Properties of the Soil

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Effects of Gypsum as a Soil Conditioner on Physical Properties of the Soil

 

  • Improved surface crusting and prevention of pore clogging by clay
  • Increased seed germination rates due to improved soil structure
  • Enhanced rooting caused by improved soil structure
  • Reduced erosion and runoff because of greater water penetration
  • Increased volume of water available to plants due to the presence of more moisture in the lower layers of soil
  • Enhanced exchange of oxygen between the soil and the atmosphere

 

Properties of gypsum as a fertilizer

  • Gypsum is a source of calcium and sulfate
  • Gypsum is a suitable calcium source for plants such as peanuts, tomatos, wheat, corn and citrus that require considerable amounts of calcium
  • Gypsum application to rice fields has increased seed yield by up to 21 percent
  • In organic farming, gypsum application decreases plant diseases
  • Compared to organic farming without gypsum application, organic farming with gypsum application increases total nitrogen content of fruit

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