Soil pH has such a fundamental effect on crop and grassland production, that it is the platform to base most decisions on.
Regular pH testing should be carried out to ensure your soil is working at its optimum for you. Soil pH is a measure of soil acidity or alkalinity. The pH measures available Hydrogen ions within the soil. If the soil environment is to acidic the crop will not be able to take in other nutrients.
With intense arable and livestock rotations, there is often a natural reduction in the pH and lime status of the soil, with lime losses occurring from leaching, fertilisation, cropping and pollution.
The correct application of lime can raise the pH to allow the crop to utilise other key nutrients and therefore ensuring that all of your inputs work hard for you.
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