Water Penetration and Holding Capacity for Peanut

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

Soil structure is important for peanut production as water and nutrient availability are important for pod setting, pod uniformity and peanut development.  Water penetration and retention will better prepare the peanut 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 and roots to penetrate beyond the hard pan. When a rain event occurs, poorly structured soil will become water-logged from pools of  water that do not penetrate into the root zone as with healthy soils.