Water Penetration and Holding Capacity for Cucurbit Vegetables

Water penetration and holding capacity are dependent on soil structure and aggregate stability which allows for water to enter the soil and for the pores of the soil to retain that water.

Cucurbit vegetables rely heavily on water for fruit biomass and fruit quality. If the crop is stressed early on, productivity will likely be impacted which will greatly affect the resulting yield and quality.

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 and/or AMF. In a poorly structured soil, the soil’s platelets lay horizontal instead of vertical which results in the development of hard pans that prevent water to penetrate beyond the hard pan. When a rain event occurs, poorly structured soil will develop water-logged areas from shallow pools of water instead of water penetration throughout the soil profile.