Agricultural lime, also called aglime, Biolime, agricultural limestone, garden lime or liming, is a soil additive made from pulverized limestone or chalk. The primary active component is calcium carbonate. Additional chemicals vary depending on the mineral source and may include calcium oxide, magnesium oxide and magnesium carbonate.
The effects of agricultural lime on soil are:
1. It increases the pH of acidic soil (the lower the pH the more acidic the soil); in other words, soil acidity is reduced and alkalinity increased.
2. It provides a source of calcium and magnesium for plants.
3. It permits improved water penetration for acidic soils.
4. It improves the uptake of major plant nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) of plants growing on acid soils.
Lime may occur naturally in some soils, but may require addition of sulfuric acid for its agricultural benefits to be realized. Gypsum is also used to supply calcium for plant nutrition. Other forms of lime have common applications in agriculture and gardening, including dolomitic lime and hydrated lime. Dolomitic lime may be used as a soil input to provide similar effects as agricultural lime, while supplying magnesium in addition to calcium.
Benefits Of Agriculture Lime:
Liming soils to prevent excess soil acidity (where it limits yields) is a best management practice. The proper use of lime is one of the most crucial components to a successful crop management program because excess acidity can severely limit both short-term and long-term soil productivity.
The benefits of ag lime include:
1. Improving the physical, chemical and biological properties of the soil.
2. Promoting better nitrogen fixation by legumes.
3. Increasing the availability of nutrients to plants.
4. Reducing toxicities in the soil.
5. Enhancing the effectiveness of some herbicides.
6. Supplying calcium, magnesium and other minerals to crops.
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