AG Lime: Effective Transporting and Spreading on Farmlands

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farmlandsOne of the most frustrating things a farmer may face is finding out that their soil is high in acidity. Plants grown in acidic soil have a more difficult time growing since the acid levels hinder their ability to take in the nutrients they need.

The answer to this is AG lime, which is one of the most important soil additives used in most farmlands. Also known as agricultural lime, it naturally lowers the acidity of the soil since it is alkaline, increasing potential crop yield and quality.

While there’s no doubting the benefits of agricultural lime, transporting it is a different story altogether. If you own a larger property with big plots of land, carrying each sack of AG lime isn’t just difficult, but it also wastes a lot of time.

Transporting

For larger plots of lands, sacks of agricultural lime bought at stores usually aren’t enough to cover considerably wider tracks of land. It’s necessary to transport agricultural cartage in bulk, such as lime and fertilizer, to correctly and effectively spread the additive onto the soil itself, especially when planting crops like legumes as they are more sensitive to the soil’s acidity than other plants.

If you have a large truck or transporter, it would be better if you carry the lime to your fields yourself as you can then better gauge the amount of additive you need to apply on the soil. You may also enlist the aid of a transporting service as there’s a guarantee that they have a strong enough vehicle to transport the material, especially if you need to cover entire acres of land with the soil additive.

Proper Application

Using specialised equipment such as a tractor and a spreader is the best way to correctly apply agricultural lime throughout the field. The layer of lime should cover the field evenly and uniformly, and this includes the corners of the plot of land. As AG lime is crushed and powdery, it is important to avoid applying it when it’s windy as it may cause uneven patches on the soil, minimizing the effectiveness of the soil additive.

When you’re about to actually till the soil with the lime, it is important to disk it properly so that it is distributed evenly within the soil. You may have to disk the soil twice though, particularly if the plot of land is larger and naturally uneven. This guarantees that the soil is fed with lime properly and efficiently neutralizes the soil’s acidity levels.

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