The purchase of lime is a large upfront cost for growers and understandably they want to feel confident that their choice of lime is a good one and will ameliorate any acidity. Lime quality is a major factor that affects the extent of pH change and the time frame in which pH is changed.
Southern Farming Systems (SFS)
- Lime quality is affected mainly by its neutralising value and particle size and solubility plays a minor
- role affecting performance in the first 6 to 12 months
- A high quality lime has a NV above 90% and contains a high proportion of particle sizes less than 0.1mm
- There are calculators available that can help growers compare the cost effectiveness of limes
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