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#377170 - 09/02/07 09:57 AM Pellet lime
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Just how long on average (with adequate rainfall of course) does it take pellet lime to begin working with the soil?

Reason I ask, I have a new road to plant that we just broke. It isn't much I don't guess but probably 1/4 acre total if that.

Gonna plant wheat/rape on this road.
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#377188 - 09/02/07 10:12 AM Re: Pellet lime [Re: AlabamaSwamper]
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It will take 6 months or more to get the full effect. If you did not do a soil sample I would start with a least 2 tons per arce.
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#377229 - 09/02/07 10:52 AM Re: Pellet lime [Re: 8 POINTS OR BETTER]
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I haven't used any in a few years and haven't thought about it. Seems by reading studies done that pellets may react even slower than bulk lime does.
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#377241 - 09/02/07 11:14 AM Re: Pellet lime [Re: AlabamaSwamper]
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pellets take longer, but with any lime, its best to put out several months before any type of planting and such takes place..

I would put out right after deer season ends, that way it has adequate time to break down into the soil and be ready for spring and summer plots. JMHO


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#377243 - 09/02/07 11:28 AM Re: Pellet lime [Re: psycho]
AlabamaSwamper
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I'll probably just throw the wheat and rape and fertilize. I do have a soil sample for this road. In all, that ridge will have about 400-500 yards of grass sowed on it on the road.

I hope the 22 other plots do their thing. LOL
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#377255 - 09/02/07 11:45 AM Re: Pellet lime [Re: AlabamaSwamper]
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I always thought pelletized lime was 'faster' than regular ag lime. Would depend exactly what it was compared to. the pelletized stuff is ground extremely fine before pelleting.
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#377259 - 09/02/07 11:47 AM Re: Pellet lime [Re: Anderson]
AlabamaSwamper
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I always thought the same. However, after reading on the net about some studies done with it, it seems it isn't as fast and may be slower in some instances.

If I read that wrong, someone correct me.
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#377266 - 09/02/07 11:55 AM Re: Pellet lime [Re: AlabamaSwamper]
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Nope, you're not reading them wrong. The latest research indicates pelletized lime does NOT react faster than standard ag lime, and may take longer due to pellet break-down requirements.

A standard rule of thumb is to apply lime one "season" before it is needed. In essence, to get the most out of a fall planting, lime in spring. To get the most out of a spring/summer planting, lime in fall.
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#377307 - 09/02/07 12:51 PM Re: Pellet lime [Re: BSK]
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That's why I won't waste a lot of money there this year. Hopefully the wheat and rape will come up some. This was a spur of the moment decision as that road was growing up. So, we tore it up last week with the ATV disk and tractor disk and I figured I can spend $20 on it this year and as you said, lime this spring.
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#377453 - 09/02/07 05:30 PM Re: Pellet lime [Re: AlabamaSwamper]
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I'm proud my results didn't end up like that research. This is something that will never be settled. Lime it with what you can,.. and watch it grow.
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