Frequent Testing Ensures Accurate Understanding of pH
Soil scientists have known for years that soil pH and the relationship of elements in the clay have a significant impact on the integrity of the soil as a crop producing tool. Farmers have conducted soil tests to learn more about their soil quality and have subsequently made decisions to apply materials, such as lime, that will enhance their soils. In order to optimize this environment, it is imperative to understand and manage the inputs recommended for this environment.
Lime is a generic term that describes any material that provides the counter ion to H+ (-OH) that ultimately results in the formation of water (H20) and neutralizes acidity. Therefore, many materials qualify as a liming material.
Historically, farmers understood that lime was the by-product that resulted from...