This Monday, John Andersen and Katie DeMuro traveled to Bryan, Ohio to visit the Ohio gypsum project team including NesterAg, The Ohio State University, GYPSOIL and the USDA ARS.
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The webinar, “Building Profitability and Protecting Water Quality through Gypsum”, was hosted by the Partnership for Ag Resource Management on December 15, 2015. Dr. Warren Dick, professor of soil and environmental science at The Ohio State University, presented on the current state of the science on the effectiveness and applicability of gypsum as a soil amendment. Cory Schurman, National Sales Manager from Gypsoil, discussed the value gypsum offers to growers through improved productivity and sustainability.
This week 200+ of the nation’s agricultural leaders assembled in Memphis, TN at the Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters (HSHW) symposium to advance sustainable practices and supportive policies for feeding a growing world population while protecting the fertile soils and surrounding water resources we depend upon.
It takes a long time for an ecosystem to develop, as well as to decline. They lose vitality gradually, until after years of abuse the damage becomes impossible to ignore. Sustainable solutions can take a long time to develop as well.
Excess nutrients run off fields into waterways where they contribute to toxic algal blooms that threaten public health, as well as eutrophication that harms aquatic life. One best practice that improves soil conditions is the use of calcium sulfate (gypsum) as a soil amendment; it improves nutrient uptake by the plants and reduces loss from the fields into the waterways.