Synthetic gypsum, which is a by-product of the sulfur-scrubbing process at coal-fired power plants, has been used on fields in pockets of the eastern Corn Belt for several years. Now, farmers, ag retailers and consultants in the western Corn Belt are starting to look at the benefits that gypsum provides.
At the recent Midwest Soil Improvement Symposium in Manhattan, Kansas, we visited with independent ag consultant Joe Nester of Bryan, Ohio about gypsum’s role in agronomic best management practices. Nester, who has been working with gypsum for over ten years, says it’s about “creating a soil quality and structure situation that we can move water and air through—and then we can raise better crops.”
(The Midwest Soil Improvement Symposium was sponsored by GYPSOIL and the Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association.)