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We all know we have to apply lime as part of our farming systems. This means that a huge amount of lime will be applied to soils which have never had lime applied before.
One of the effects of this is that we can now consider thinking about introducing acid-sensitive systems to soils, which previously would have been considered too acid.
The other side of liming is that the pH changes affect many soil properties. There is an element of uncertainty about whether unforeseen side effects will emerge on our fragile soils as a result of this new practice.
The research being conducted by Chris Gazey, some of which is reported in this update, is an essential activity to ensure that we identify opportunities which may come from liming, and that we keep ahead of any issue which might result in “the wheels falling off” the system.
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Fertilizers, Trace elements, Soil pH, Acid soils, Soil acidity, Soil management, Legumes, Acidification, Lupins, Leaching, Liming, Rotations, Cereals, Soil types, Western Australia
Food Science | Soil Science
Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia. (1999), Western Australia soil acidity research and development update 1999 : time to lime. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Bulletin 4507.