Hello, I love this forum!
I'm new to farming -- having gardened organically in Florida sand (making my own dirt) for many years. Our small farm is in Alabama's Black Belt, so named for the heavy, rich black clay (called prairie clay and Vaiden clay). What grows best there is grass and therefore cattle, deer, other grass-eaters. We plan eventually to have a few animals but are for now working on lightening the soil for vegetables.
I came across information online and also called one vendor to get more -- about expanded shale plus compost as the best short and longterm amendment to improve heavy clay soils. Have not been able to find anyone in our area with experience in this, so I thought I'd ask here.
I'd love to know if you've used it, on what kind of soil, how much compost, how much shale, how incorporated, etc. Much thanks for any guidance.