Gypsum fertiliser, Cobden
If you need advice on gypsum fertiliser, Cobden’s farmers turn to the specialists at Webber & Chivell Fertilisers. Our sales team is on the ground to visit your farm and identify when, where and how to apply gypsum for optimum soil health.
Soil structure is crucial to efficient and effective farm management. Over time, soil becomes compacted and loses nutrients, making it harder for plants to thrive. Gypsum fertiliser has three main applications:
- as a sulfur fertiliser – gypsum dissolves quickly in soil, making it ideal for situations where a quick response to sulfur is required to improve plant nutrition and crop yield. Gypsum is often used this way for legume-based pastures and canola crops.
- as a calcium fertiliser – in neutral and alkaline soils, gypsum fertiliser replaces sodium with calcium, essential for stimulating plant root growth and boosting absorption of vital nutrients.
- soil conditioning – gypsum is an ameliorant primarily used for magnesic and sodic (clay) soils to improve soil structure. However, gypsum has a negligible effect on soil pH – if you want to correct soil acidity you will need to apply agricultural lime.
Correct soil structure is essential for plant health and growth. Acting as a soil conditioner, gypsum delivers calcium to improve soil drainage – allowing air and water to move as needed through the soil. This prevents soil crust formation and promotes crop growth. Improved air and water flow is especially useful in drought conditions, where soil captures and directs vital water supplies as they are received.
Gypsum fertiliser also prevents phosphorous and other nutrients leaving farmland through run-off.
If you are unsure of your soil health, our fertiliser services team can visit your farm and conduct farm mapping, including soil testing and analysis. We have depots in Cobden, Allansford and Simpson servicing a wide region of south-west Victoria.