Gypsum amendment influences soil and plant chemical composition temporarily


  • Markku Yli-Halla University of Helsinki
  • Antti Taskinen Finnish Environment Institute (Syke)
  • Petri Ekholm Finnish Environment Institute (Syke)


electrical conductivity, leaching, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur


Field application of gypsum (CaSO4 × 2H2O) is a tool to decrease phosphorus (P) load to watercourses. Effects of gypsum application (4 tons ha-1) on soil and crop composition were monitored up to four years after the treatment in the Savijoki catchment, southwestern Finland. Eleven amended fields and 17 control fields were analyzed for easily soluble P, Ca, Mg, K, S, pH(H2O), electrical conductivity (EC)  and loss-on-ignition. Plant samples were analyzed for most nutrients and Se. Downward S transport was monitored in two fields. In the first spring after gypsum application, but not later, S concentrations and EC were substantially but not harmfully elevated in the plough layer, with no other significant effects on soil composition. Sulfur leached out slightly less rapidly from clay than from the coarse mineral soil. Plant S concentration increased for the first and the second year. In conclusion, gypsum application did not have adverse effects on soil or crop chemical composition in this survey of predominantly clay soils.   


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2023-11-01 — Updated on 2023-12-31


How to Cite

Yli-Halla, M., Taskinen, A., & Ekholm, P. (2023). Gypsum amendment influences soil and plant chemical composition temporarily. Agricultural and Food Science, 32(4), 195–206. (Original work published November 1, 2023)
Received 2023-07-14
Accepted 2023-10-21
Published 2023-12-31