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How Much Lime Are You Spreading?

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  • How Much Lime Are You Spreading?

    I know you are supposed to test, but it was so nice the other weekend I just went and bought some and spread it in the front 2 paddocks that I want to graze first. I plan on testing the remaining paddocks.
    Man plans. God laughs.

  • #2
    2 tons an acre. Every year.


    • #3
      Spread lime according to soil tests for the most effective and economical results.

      Around here, 1.5 to 2.5 tons per acre seems to be the norm for soils that haven't been limed recently.

      Recommended rates can vary greatly depending on soil type and previous year's treatments, so applying lime without a test is kinda' like driving with your eyes closed.....getting the desired result is unlikely.
      "It’s a well-documented fact that of all the animals in the realm of agriculture, Bulls have the highest job satisfaction rate."~~Ree Drummond, AKA the Pioneer Woman


      • #4
        2 tons per acre
        "are you yawning? You don't ride well enough to yawn...I can yawn, because I ride better than you, Meredith Michael Beerbaum can yawn, you, not so much..." George Morris in Camden, SC


        • Original Poster

          Back to get more lime...
          Man plans. God laughs.


          • #6
            LOL, yeah, it takes a LOT of lime to raise pH a little.

            But really, you should have the soil tested. While it's never a waste of money to put down too little, as it will continue to work for a while, it may never be enough.

            But if the soil doesn't need any, then you can lower (raise? I can never remember which way that goes!) the pH too much and cause grass growth issues.
            The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


            • #7
              Originally posted by Flash44 View Post
              Back to get more lime...
              Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
              Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
              -Rudyard Kipling


              • #8
                Usually we test at 2 tons/acre, too. That's a boatload of lime.
                Click here before you buy.


                • #9
                  What is the rate for lime?

                  What is the going rate for lime a ton?
                  Maria Hayes-Frosty Oak Stables
                  Home to All Eyez On Me, 1998 16.2 Cleveland Bay Sporthorse Stallion
                  & FrostyOak Hampton 2008 Pure Cleveland Bay Colt


                  • #10
                    $30 per ton


                    • #11
                      Here it's $40 per ton, delivered in bulk and spread. If you buy it bagged at the feed store and spread it yourself, it runs over $200 per ton.

                      You really do need to test. If I put down 2 tons per acre every year like some of you do, my pastures would be ruined after a couple of years by being too alkaline. Others do need two tons every year, while I need 1.5 tons every third or fourth year.

                      There are alkaline soils in Alabama and Mississippi that never need any lime, and in fact lime would be very damaging if applied to them. There's no way to get it right without soil testing.
                      "It’s a well-documented fact that of all the animals in the realm of agriculture, Bulls have the highest job satisfaction rate."~~Ree Drummond, AKA the Pioneer Woman


                      • #12
                        Here in Mn. I pay $13 a ton I spread it myself though. And most ground here doesn't require near the lime other parts of the country do I put 3 ton an acre on but that lasts 5 to 7 years.
                        Quality doesn\'t cost it pays.


                        • #13
                          It's sooooo not economical to buy a million 40lb bags of lime LOL
                          The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


                          • #14
                            I do most things myself, but handling and spreading multi tons of lime is not one of them. I make a phone call, put the horses in the barn, open all the gates, and hand the driver a check as he is pulling out. Same goes for fertilizer. Of course it helps to be fairly close to big farming country to have these services at a reasonable cost. I don't think I could save one dollar if I did it myself.


                            • #15
                              Tom - I don't think you can either - at least not according to my bank account.

                              I spread pelleted lime on one of my pastures in an attempt to be a good neighbor - a fenceline is shared by a lovely couple who have fabulous gardens and...well.... good fences make good neighbors and all that. Last year he hinted that I killed his potatoes when I sprayed my pastures for weeds.... except that I don't spray for weeds. That's what my goats are for.

                              Anyhoo.... pelleted lime is expensive. Lordy. I got real cheap real fast and of course.. there is broom sedge growing out there as a result.
                              Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                              Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                              -Rudyard Kipling