Lifting pH without lime?

Long term,it makes you wonder where the lime will come from,though. It's not as if someone is making it from scratch and our local lime quarry has exhausted all the limestone in the seam so cotswold lime is being hauled at far greater expense
 

Treg

Member
Location
Cornwall
Can soil pH be lifted by cultural methods, without the addition of lime or the likes?

Drainage? Cultivation?...
Depends on your soil & what it's natural ph should be , most Intensive farming methods lower ph , artificial fertilisers, chemicals etc.
Composting your manure , diversity of plants & longer breaks between grazing should help over long term to restore it's natural balance.
 

Bogweevil

Member
Can soil pH be lifted by cultural methods, without the addition of lime or the likes?

Drainage? Cultivation?...
Yes, great granfer dug marl subsoil (calcareous clay) from pits around the field and spread that - killed him in end but transformed the fields forever. Should be easier with mechanical excavators - I wonder it is not widely done.
 

Macsky

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Highland
Lime is the best investment you will ever make
Its the keystone to all you do
I fully believe this and don’t dispute it, love a good calcium lime, just curious really. There’s not an acre here that wouldn’t benefit tremendously from 2t+, but it’s just so expensive getting good stuff here, so just exploring every option really.
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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