Water Penetration and Holding Capacity for Corn

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.

This is especially important for corn due to its high nutrient and water requirements to achieve productivity in unforgiving growing systems. Water penetration and retention will better prepare the corn crop to reach a higher, more quality yield.

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. In a poorly structured soil, the soil’s platelets lay horizontal instead of vertical which results in the development of hard pans which prevent water to penetrate beyond the hard pan. When a rain event occurs, poorly structured soil becomes water-logged from these pools of water instead of water penetrating into the root zone as in healthy soils.