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Using gypsum to increase water use, yields and profits

Categories: Farm Innovation & technology, Cropping

Brett Masters, soil management consultant from Rural Solutions SA and Isaac Gill, who farms in the Cleve Hills on the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia, discuss the issues with sodic soils and how gypsum application has provided multiple benefits. High exchangeable sodium percentage in soils on Isaac's farm has resulted in winter water logging, poor trafficability and hard setting soils. Applying gypsum at five tonnes per hectare has provided immediate and long lasting responses, with less run off following rain events, being able to get on paddocks quicker to carry out cropping operations, increased yields and cleaner water flowing into farm dams.

Source: AgExcellence

 

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