Importance of Liming for High Soil Fertility

Tanja Folnovic

Agronomy Expert

Liming is a traditional procedure in preparing soil for planting. It is the application of calcium- and magnesium-rich materials to soil in various forms, including marl, chalk, limestone, or hydrated lime. Lime used on farm land is also called agricultural lime. The primary reason to apply agricultural lime is to correct the high levels of acidity in the soil. Acid soils reduces plant growth by inhibiting the intake of major plant nutrients -nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Some plants, for example legumes, will not grow in highly acidic soils.

Soils become acidic in a number of ways:
  • Leaching of land caused by high rainfall levels
  • Minerals loss over time caused by crop removal
  • Application of modern chemical fertilizers, which are the major contributors of acidified soil

Soil with pH below 5.5 and below 70% of saturation requires liming. The best time is when plowing stubble, when there are no crops in the field. Effect of liming takes on average 6-7 years.

Agricultural lime have good effects on soil:
  • Increases the pH of acidic soil
  • Provides a source of calcium and magnesium for plants
  • Permits improved water penetration for acidic soils
  • Improves the uptake of major plant nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) of plants growing on acid soils

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