Water Penetration and Holding Capacity for Forage Crops

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.

Forage Crops rely heavily on water access because of the growing cycle of constant growing, multiple harvests per season, and being grazed. Access to sufficient water allows forage crops to better deal with the stresses brought on by this growing systems.

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 will become water-logged from these pools of water instead of water penetrating into the root zone as with healthy soils.