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Just got a soil test back advising to apply two tons of lime per acre. I’ve got a half acre of brassicas growing that are about 4-6 inches high with clover and rye over seeded last week. When should I spread the lime (I know I should have done it 6 momths ago)? Also can it be top dressed or should I wait and spread and till it in next year? Ph is 5.6 now
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Lime works best when incorporated into the soil. If you can get it spread this year it will well on its way to neutralizing the acid in the soil by this time next year. It pretty well stays where is is spread so it will be there in the spring when you can till it in.
 
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Spread it after the brassicas die
 
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I've been using Foliar Lime or Liquid Calcium on my plots. Deergro makes a good product.
 

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Just got a soil test back advising to apply two tons of lime per acre. I’ve got a half acre of brassicas growing that are about 4-6 inches high with clover and rye over seeded last week. When should I spread the lime (I know I should have done it 6 momths ago)? Also can it be top dressed or should I wait and spread and till it in next year? Ph is 5.6 now
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Yup - 6 months ago would have been about right but at this point you don't want to ruin your brassicas so apply it as soon as you can after the deer consume the brassicas. Till it in for best (faster) results. Brassicas probably won't realize their full potential with pH being only 5.6 but will do better in the future after you raise the pH.
 

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I've been using Foliar Lime or Liquid Calcium on my plots. Deergro makes a good product.
I am very interested in hearing more about your system of doing this including pictures of your equipment. Might go this way next year and try to mix my lime, fertilizer, etc in one batch.
 

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I was told by an old timer once at a local elevator that if going pelletized lime, use 10-20% of the recommended AG lime on soil test.
 

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I was told by an old timer once at a local elevator that if going pelletized lime, use 10-20% of the recommended AG lime on soil test.
Hmmm. I would like to hear what the reasoning is behind that line of thinking.

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I was told by an old timer once at a local elevator that if going pelletized lime, use 10-20% of the recommended AG lime on soil test.
Agree with L & O. Sounds like a fairy tale to me jfishbones. Cant believe everything we hear from strangers….especially “Old Timers” :D.
 

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There's been conflicting info about how long pellet takes to react. I believe both sides were from results of MSU experiments
 

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Mis-type maybe or alcohol was being consumed;) ....I go125% with pelletized because of delayed reaction time and the dreaded sand factor on my property. Ferns are a pain to beat but sweet fern is a beast and my only success was uping the lime after nuking to keep it gone. 3 years on that spot..... knock on wood. I'll find some pics but i don't have the picture library WT has lol.
 

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Disney doesn't have the picture library that WT has.

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Or Natural Geographic
LOL - I do need to thin them out some. A year or so ago I was approaching 200,000 photos on my Mac... a lot of them are trail cam photos, but they all take up space and slow down my computer. Trying to greatly reduce the numbers but that takes time too. :D
 
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LOL - I do need to thin them out some. A year or so ago I was approaching 200,000 photos on my Mac... a lot of them are trail cam photos, but they all take up space and slow down my computer. Trying to greatly reduce the numbers but that takes time too. :D
I applaud your filing system. It's impressive how you can come up with pictures so quickly.
 

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I applaud your filing system. It's impressive how you can come up with pictures so quickly.
Lots of albums sorted alphabetically helps me locate what I am looking for.(y)
 

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I thought it sounded strange also so at the time I did some research and found collaborating information.
Here is a study from University of Missouri.
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Interesting J - thanks for posting. It sounds like the reduced amount of pell lime would have to be added annually but it may get you where you want to go for a current year planting. It would be interesting to see the soil pH readings from shortly after application compared with a year or two later just to see what the trend looks like.
 
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