How often do you lime?

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How often do you lime?

Unread postby Elite » Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:53 am

I spread 800# of lime last spring per soil test recommendations. Do I add additional lime this year or wait another year or two and then do another soil test to determine the lime amount to spread? The brassica and chicory plot turned out to be a great transition plot last year!
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Re: How often do you lime?

Unread postby DEERSLAYER » Thu Mar 18, 2021 7:32 am

If you did what the soil test said to do then you don't have to lime again this year. Probably not for a couple years. If the test didn't say how often to test then a call to the soil lab wouldn't hurt. Ask them when you should test again. You can usually go at least 3 years. Maybe 5 or 6. Different soil types lose their pH faster than others so the lab can look at soil type and give you a good idea.
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Re: How often do you lime?

Unread postby EarlyBird » Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:21 am

I soil test every year and add lime according to my soil test and target PH. Different types of soil, clay or sandy utilize lime at a much different rate. It may be a bit of overkill to do it every year but my plots are very productive. Just my 2 cents. Good luck.

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Re: How often do you lime?

Unread postby cspot » Sun Apr 04, 2021 2:15 pm

DEERSLAYER wrote:If you did what the soil test said to do then you don't have to lime again this year. Probably not for a couple years. If the test didn't say how often to test then a call to the soil lab wouldn't hurt. Ask them when you should test again. You can usually go at least 3 years. Maybe 5 or 6. Different soil types lose their pH faster than others so the lab can look at soil type and give you a good idea.


What he said. Also different lime has different release rates and longevity. If the soil is pretty acidic then you may need to do it every year till you get it right. Once you do like Deerslayer said you can usually go several years in between. Soil test is really the only way to know for sure.
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Re: How often do you lime?

Unread postby Elite » Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:18 am

I talked to the manager at the soil testing company. He said the lime application isn’t necessary until year 2/3. I’ll skip this spring and wait until spring 2022.
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Re: How often do you lime?

Unread postby Pudster » Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:02 pm

Also, lime takes a while (1yr+) so if you test this spring it wont be broken down yet, and I feel like some of that lime gets in your sample a skews your test results. Wait at least 2 years, probably 3 before testing again.


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