A farmer asked on AgTalk this week about GypSoil. He wondered if it was worth the money to try this product to improve his tough to manage black gumbo soil. The answer is gypsoil will help but what is the economic benefit?
My corn in the picture would benefit greatly from gypsoil, broadcast gypsum, pelleted gypsum, any kind of gypsum. All of these products are forms of calcium sulfate which occurs naturally in some formations of limestone or can be now be made synthetically by removing the sulfur from coal burning plant stacks using high calcium lime to scrub the stack walls.
"The benefits of gypsum use in agricultural production have been studied for many centuries. Recent research continues to substantiate earlier studies as well as find new benefits to gypsum use. Here is a summary of data in a concise format.
Benefits of gypsum include:
:1. Improving soil structure
2. Amend sodium affected soils
3. Improve soil infiltration
4. Decreases the swelling of clays
5. Offsets affects of aluminum toxicity in low pH soils
6. Helps curb phosphorus runoff from soils
7. Improves quality of several fruit and vegetable crops
8. Is an excellent source of plant available calcium and sulfur
9. Increases iron uptake by reducing the detrimental effects of bicarbonates
10. Serves to decrease the bulk density of soils
11. Useful tool in decreasing the negative effects of high magnesium in soils
12. Increases the efficiency of nitrogen applications
13. Increases the availability of potassium already present in the soil
14. Offsets ill effects of irrigation with poor quality water
15. Can serve as a tool to enhance iron, manganese and zinc availability
16. Aid to stop soil erosion
17. Decreases incidence of some diseases
18. This list could go on forever
Sounds like a miracle product, doesn't it? Ben Franklin painted words on the hills of Philadelphia with gypsum. The plants were so much more green where he applied the gypsum.
If I could get an affordable source I would apply a half ton per acre to all my land every year. It is that good. It increases water absorption in the soil that much.
What is affordable? That is a personal question. My budget would be $20 per acre. It might be worth $50 an acre but that is getting pricey in my budget.
You can't go to your dealer and buy it. The closest outlets here are probably Columbus, Ohio and eastern Indiana unless I am willing to pay a premium price for it. I could get it delivered next week from many sources if I am willing to pay double or triple the price at the source.
I am not willing to pay that at this time, perhaps some day I will. Everything I do today has been after years of seeing the effects of what I started. I just haven't started this one yet on a grand scale like liming or tiling or cover crops. It may be just as valuable or even more so.
That's the brief on gypsum. It works. Try some. Maybe you will want to build it into your cropping or gardening program.