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    I recently had a soil sample done on my durano plot the ph is 6.0 and I need it 6.5. How much lime do I need to apply to get it to 6.5?

  • #2
    Hard to say. How big is the area?
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    • #3
      About an acre. 8 tenth to be exact.

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      • #4
        I sent a soil sample to the whitetail institute. It cost me like $12 and they gave me the exact amounts I needed of lime/nitrogen/potash, etc for a 1 acre plot, then I just had to multiply by my size and it gave me what I needed for the size of my plot.

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        • #5
          minimum - 250 Lbs. pr acre / maximum - 500 Lbs. per acre - not text book ... just what I do on the farm

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          • #6
            Ok thanks Bay Beagle! Extension agent recommended 3.2 ton an acre! I almost fell off my rocker!! I'm not feeding cows or baling it for hay.... Just a clover patch for the deer!!!

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            • #7
              Mine needed 250lbs for .6 acre, so Beagle was about spot on. Be advised, at some point 31Airborne will be on here to make fun of you for making a food plot.

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              • #8
                Anything is better than nothing. It takes years to go through the complete cycle to fully work. Better to start low. You can always add more
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                • #9
                  And there is a difference in pelletized lime and powdered in terms of how quickly it breaks down etc.

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                  • #10
                    It takes 7 months for lime to completely change the PH of the soil - Best time to plant in Virginia?????????

                    week of the state fair

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                    • #11
                      I bet ive done 10000 soil tests. It takes longer than 7 months. As long as you do everything around the application correct you can apply it anytime.
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                      • #12
                        Ideal PH level in soil is 6-6.5. Thats ideal for just about any crop/plant.It could take up to 2 years for the PH level to get right after applying lime/nutrients. Fall is the best time to lime. If your soil test shows that your soil is high in magnesium, you will want to use Calcite. Changing the soil PH is a slow process.
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                        • #13
                          I laid the lime to mine last month. My stuff seems to be growing OK, I think I'll wait about a year and test it again. Will probably add more fertilizer next spring. I'm a babe in the woods when it comes to plots, so I'm bumbling along and figuring it out as I go.

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                          • #14
                            Samples once a year is perfect. .just stick to the basics. This is dirt 101 stuff. Dont over think it.
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                            • #15
                              One last question... what kinda lime did you put out.
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