Water Penetration and Holding Capacity for Alfalfa
Water penetration and holding capacity are dependent on soil structure including aggregate stability which allows for water to enter the soil and for the pores of the soil to retain that water.
Alfalfa benefits from added access to water and nutrients to mitigate stresses of environmental conditions and multiple harvests per season. This added access keeps the productivity and quality of the crop from decreasing over time.
The four-species consortium of symbiotic, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in MycoApply® aids the columnal (vertical) formation of the soil structure which allows water to penetrate deeper into the soil profile as well as promoting pore development that helps retain water until it is absorbed by the plant. Studies also show that mycorrhizae expand root absorption area by up to 50x, dramatically expanding the active root zone and allowing the hyphae to absorb water and nutrients the plant root would not otherwise access.