CEC, is it all it’s cracked up to be?
Let`s be clear right from the start, CEC does not stand for the Commonwealth electoral commission, or the Coolangatta embroidery club. It is of course Cation Exchange Capacity and if you have soil you have a CEC. But what is it?
Well these people describe it as the following:
‘Cation exchange capacity (CEC) is a measure of the soil’s ability to hold positively charged ions. It is a very important soil property influencing soil structure stability, nutrient availability, soil pH and the soil’s reaction to fertilisers and other ameliorants (Hazleton and Murphy 2007).’
In other words, it is a loose measure of your soils ability to hold nutrients and because clay particles make up a large portion of the places that nutrients cling to it gives us an instant view of how much clay is likely to be present in that soil.
Soils with a low CEC will generally be sands or sandy loams, while those with a high CEC will usually be heavy clays but as I hinted earlier it`s not just clay that has this nutrient holding ability.
Organic matter typically has a high CEC of it`s own and light sandy soils can have excellent nutrient holding capabilities if there is enough organic material present (Think rainforest soil). Organic matter also comes with the added bonus of improving overall soil structure and water retention.
Farming next door to the GBR lagoon is not going to get any easier as time goes on Governments are only going to make nutrient management rules tighter and more complex.
So maybe the addition of some Organic NPK into your program will not only offer the already accepted soil health benefits but also go at least some of the way to reducing nutrient losses to the environment.
So take notice of your soils CEC, it may well help you decide on the best approach to fertiliser application.
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