There’s No Trick to Applying Lime in the Fall

Sep 27, 2022

Applying ag lime in the fall sets the stage for proper pH in spring soils.
“Corn, beans, and alfalfa prefer soil pH to be 6.5-7.0 [that is, neutral],” said Brad Hipsag, agronomy sales rep at Federated’s Ogilvie location.
“Most plant nutrients are more plant available in neutral soil,” he said, and proper pH also improves herbicide performance. Simply put, lime corrects acidic soils and fall is a great time to apply it.
“Spring applications can be tricky,” said Hipsag (think: freeze, thaw, wet, muddy – plus road restrictions!). “Fall application gives you time to work the lime into the top 6 inches of the soil with tillage.” Once worked in, the lime has time to react and set the stage for spring planting.
Be sure you have up-to-date soil test results on which to base your lime applications. Give your Federated Agronomist a call for assistance with soil samples or to interpret test results.

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