Thursday, June 9, 2011
Grumpy goes with tired so I am grumpy, too. I was yesterday. I have no good reason to be but I am.
Some people never get grumpy, or at least they don't show it if they do. I get grumpy. Do you?
I probably expect too much and when it doesn't happen, grumpiness sets in. The best laid plans of mice and men, you know, well it never happened this year farming wise. We missed the planting window due to rain and now it is so hot that it is tough on the little seedlings.
A dear friend asked me about gypsum so let's take the letters out of grumpy that make gypsum. He found an affordable source of gypsum and I encouraged him to spread some. He thinks it will help his clay soils and I agree. Dr. Norton gives 30 reasons why we should spread gypsum and many websites have copied his notes.
I told him there are 2-3 parts of calcium per part of sulfur in gypsum. The higher the calcium the better it is for soil but to me it's all good. Gypsum helps air and water movement in soil so much that it alone can really improve soil texture and air content so you get healthier crops.
It is not a substitute for drainage tile but it can still increase air and water movement in soil 300% depending on soil type. Most people don't understand it so many people put it down but it is an excellent soil amendment that goes back to ancient times and was used by Ben Franklin to paint it's letters on the hills of Philadelphia about the time our country was founded.
I wish all my fields had gypsum and some poultry manure on it. It would be a world better today in our baked out soil situation but I will have to work on that.
I will work on the grumpiness and help my friend improve his soil with gypsum. Here is a picture of a handful of gypsum, looks like it is lower in calcium from the picture as it is not white. High calcium gypsum will be whiter, especially the synthetic gypsum or syn gyp that is produced as a by product of power plant scrubber stack coal burning.
I am struggling with pictures and this Google browser. I can't post replies to your great comments on recent blogs. Thanks Budde and all for the comments, they really help my blog and I would normally add a comment to yours but haven't been able to do it since the last reload of software a few weeks ago.