Gypsum Effects as a Soil Conditioner
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.
Gypsum fertilizer properties
- 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.