Adding agricultural lime to the soil reduces its acidity, thus allowing nutrients to be taken up by the growing plants.
The application of agricultural lime, a calcium- containing product processed from limestone, gypsum or dolomite increases the soil pH, increases availability of nutrients to plant roots.
The primary active component is calcium carbonate.One can use it to add calcium to soil with a high acidic level.
Agricultural lime also contains a little magnesium, another nutrient that is essential for crop production.
It can also helps improve on soil texture by allowing water to seep into the soil rather than puddling on top of it, thus also bringing water to the roots of the plants.
This will also help bind sandy soil and loosen clay soil, allowing it to drain more easily and better aeration.
Powdered lime is very dusty. As a result, certain insects are not able to breathe properly when it’s dusted on them. It also makes it difficult for them to crawl through.
A Soil Test should be done to determine how much Lime and other additives(e.g fertilizer) is required.
Application of lime is done by sprinkling it on the soil and mixing it with the soil.
Apply small quantities of lime more often to avoid over liming in sandy soil.
Lime can be applied every time of the year, but better before ploughing.
Apply lime at least 4-8 weeks before planting or sowing as it reacts slowly in the soil.
Applying too much lime - If soils are too alkaline, nutrients such as iron, manganese, zinc and phosphorus become inaccessible to crops.