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#341711 - 08/14/07 02:01 PM Re: Lime, can it be "watered" in. [Re: BSK]
Trapper John
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: Trapper John
We still use that Biologic pHFertilizer on some of our fields that are impossible to get a lime truck to. If the plot is small that might help you out. The stuff activates within weeks.


Where are you getting it Trapper?


I order it from the Decatur County Co-Op each year. It ships from the warehouse here in La Vergne. They won't let me pick it up direct from the warehouse.

It's getting expensive even for a small plot. Next season I might switch to regular pellet lime and bagged fertilizer.

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#344984 - 08/15/07 10:00 PM Re: Lime, can it be "watered" in. [Re: Trapper John]
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I only have two 1/2 acre plots that I lime myself the rest I plant in ag fields in oct after crops are harvested and granted they give me permission. I just put about 240lbs of lime out on one plot today . I lime it every year about this time .cost about 20$ per plot per year to just buy it at lowes . 40$ a year I can live with.If I had alot to do I would hire a truck to come in and spread .
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#350315 - 08/18/07 09:00 AM Re: Lime, can it be "watered" in. [Re: tnclayboy]
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The quickest acting lime is crushed down to 100 mesh. Mesh is related to the screen size the lime will pass through. If you are using bagged lime, the mesh size will be on the bag. Other than using it on my garden, I have no experience with it but I have read that it will react with the soil in 2-3 weeks.

Last time I looked, Rural King and Tractor Supply had it. If the Co-Op doesn't have it in stock they can get it.

*If you haven't done a soil test and know that your plot hasn't been limed in a few years, applying 1.5 tons/acre (75#/1000 sq. ft.) should come real close to equaling 2 tons of regular lime.*

Two years is probably the max time 100 mesh will keep your soil's ph balanced. Regular lime isn't screened to one particle size and if I remember correctly, it varies from 30-100 mesh with the average being 40-50.

*This is only a general recommendation. The only way to know for sure how much your plot needs is with a soil test.

EDIT: I should have stated that fine lime like 100 mesh starts acting within 2-3 weeks. That doesn't necessarily mean the ph would be fully corrected in 2-3 weeks.
Also see mention of an even finer lime below.


Edited by farmin68 (08/18/07 11:09 AM)
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#350476 - 08/18/07 10:47 AM Re: Lime, can it be "watered" in. [Re: farmin68]
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farmin68,

The lime used in BioLogic's pHertilizer is ground to 200 mesh. That is why it acts so fast (within a month). But it is also "used up" in a single season as well. Very fast acting but is not long-lived.
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#350503 - 08/18/07 11:05 AM Re: Lime, can it be "watered" in. [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
farmin68,

The lime used in BioLogic's pHertilizer is ground to 200 mesh. That is why it acts so fast (within a month). But it is also "used up" in a single season as well. Very fast acting but is not long-lived.


Wow. I didn't know there was such a thing as 200 mesh. I'll have to ask the Co-op if they have a source for it (not the PHertilizer, just the lime). There are times when I could use it on my garden.
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#350544 - 08/18/07 11:47 AM Re: Lime, can it be "watered" in. [Re: farmin68]
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When developing pHfertilizer, we had a hard time finding a source. I believe only one mill in the Southeast produced it (I believe it was in Arkansas).
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#351629 - 08/18/07 10:20 PM Re: Lime, can it be "watered" in. [Re: ]
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I was very pleased with the Pulverized I got from Home Depot. It was $5/50lb and was like fine fertilizer. For a small plot the cost was ok and it worked very well in a walk behind spredder.
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#352407 - 08/19/07 03:35 PM Re: Lime, can it be "watered" in. [Re: 1Roscoe]
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Good thread guys. Lots of useful information!
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#356311 - 08/21/07 11:28 AM Re: Lime, can it be "watered" in. [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
I have 8 acres of food plots that have never had the soil turned.

What's the main advantage of tilling the soil in the first place?

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#356401 - 08/21/07 12:34 PM Re: Lime, can it be "watered" in. [Re: grundsow]
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 Originally Posted By: grundsow
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I have 8 acres of food plots that have never had the soil turned.

What's the main advantage of tilling the soil in the first place?


To increase soil moisture retention, break up the ground to allow easier root penetration to depth, and to incorporate lime/fertilizer into the root zone of the plants.
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