Most farmers probably aren’t aware how today’s state-of-the-art wet scrubbers are used as a first step to produce high-purity gypsum from flue gas being cleaned for reduced air emissions. Desulfurization gypsum is produced in this process.

Tour participants saw firsthand the wet scrubber step during a sponsored tour at the City Water, Light & Power (CWLP) Dallman Power Station at Springfield, Ill.  Gypsoil Division (www.gypsoil.com) of Beneficial Reuse Management LLC sponsored the tour in conjunction with the National No-Tillage Conference held at Springfield in January. Approximately 90 farmers and agricultural leaders participated in the tour.

Gypsoil is the distributor of agricultural gypsum produced at the CWLP facility. The Gypsoil Division reports a growing number of crop farmers using Gypsoil to amend soils and add nutrients, resulting in enhanced soil quality and crop performance. Gypsoil is 13 to16 percent sulfate sulfur and 17 to 20 percent calcium on a dry weight basis. The branded product is now available through distributors in 21 states in the Midwest, Plains and South.

Gypsoil management promotes that it diverts valuable co-products from landfill disposal to produce agricultural inputs by working in partnership with utilities and manufacturing companies.