Soil amendments, sometimes called soil conditioners, are materials added to the soil to enhance structure and other soil properties that contribute to plant growth and health. GYPSOIL amends soils because it improves aggregation and flocculation.
Mineral particles and organic materials combine to form aggregates - the building blocks in soil structure. The most stable structure occurs when soils particles - the aggregates - are flocculated together. This means they are clustered together without losing their individual integrity. Flocculation contributes to the soil’s ability to transport water and air and it helps soil resist erosion and compaction.
Certain soils - especially tight clay soils found in the Midwest - tend to be poorly flocculated and comprised of aggregates that are unstable and easily dispersed. These soils are easily eroded and highly compactible. Following heavy rains, they may seal or crust at the surface. Read more
In the Mid-South or Delta region, where cropland tends to be high in silt and low in organic matter, soils are also prone to erosion and crusting. In addition, Mid-South soils are often plagued with aluminum toxicity, limiting plant root growth. Read more about GYPSOIL in the Mid-South region.