What is Gypsum & What does it do?
Gypsum is a naturally occurring calcium sulphate dehydrate (CaSO42H2O), when applied to soil dissolves in rain or irrigation water to interact with the fine clay particles. As the Gypsum dissolves it acts as a flocculating agent on finer soil particles forming crumbs so that the soil becomes better aerated and gives a greater water holding capacity. This improves soil structure making the clay more stable when wet and reducing the tendency of soil surfaces to set hard when dry.
Some of the benefits of Gypsum use include;
- Soil becomes better aerated making cultivation easier and cost effective improving germination and reducing erosion.
- Gypsum will maintain soil structure by inhibiting dispersion. It is the calcium in Gypsum which replace sodium in the soil, consequently crusting is reduced.
- Calcium added in the form of Gypsum replaces the sodium in the soil by ion exchange, allowing the sodium to be leached or washed out of the soil without altering the PH level.
- Aids with water drainage to increase water storage by causing swelling in the soil and dispersion of clay.
Cooke Plains Gypsum is screened onsite before purchase and can be supplied in either bulk form or alternatively, pre-bagged Gypsum is also available in 1 tonne Bulka bags or 20kg bags by pallets of 50. Our Gypsum is also available directly from our customers in either a bagged or bulk form. These customers are located throughout Metropolitan Adelaide and districts, the regional areas of Mount Barker, the Fleurieu Peninsula, Yankalilla, Tailem Bend and Murray Bridge.
Paterson Bulk Transport Fertiliser Blends
Cooke Plains Gypsum may also be blended with trace elements such as S90, Zinc, Copper, Molybdate and Boron to create custom blends. We also store and supply AgLime, AgDolomite and BioAgPhosphate (Rock Phosphate) which can be blended to the recommendations of your agronomist and supplied by Paterson Bulk Transport in bulk or bagged form.