Understanding Ag Lime
Liming materials are typically oxides, hydroxides, or carbonates of calcium or magnesium
How does granular Ag Lime work?
The most widely used Ag lime is primarily in the form of calcium carbonate.
Once the granular lime is applied, the acid in the soil attacks the lime and slowly dissolves the lime particle allowing it to release the carbonate and calcium into the soil.
The carbonate then binds with hydrogen in the soil which in turn neutralizes the acid and buffers the soil pH.
Calcium in lime does not have a role in the neutralizing process.
How quickly the lime particles break down depends on the type of soil and the amount of acid in the soil.
If our soil is only slightly acidic, very little if any calcium will be delivered to the plant.
This means we sometimes see little to no
substantial return on investment.
Did you know?
Once acid in the soil has been neutralized,
the lime stops working until more acid is formed
THE PROCESS STOPS
With the lack of acid needed for the particle breakdown process to happen, the lime will not deliver any more calcium.
Calcium is needed throughout the growing season for nutrient mobility.
Calcium helps to bring other nutrients into the plant as well. If not enough calcium has been released, it eventually will get depleted or locked up again.
Lack of ORGANIC MATTER is the number one reason our soil loses it's balance.
* IMPORTANT *
Vital nutrients like calcium get depleted or locked up
in the soil Again.
Most soils that have these common pH issues are almost always low in organic matter.
A soil low in organic matter loses its ability to freely exchange nutrients to the plant and maintain pH balance. This means the soils' ability to help feed nutrients like NITROGEN & CALCIUM to the plant is weak to none at all.
Agricultural lime materials release calcium and carbonate however, they do not support the formation of (Organic Matter) directly.
In order to get good plant growth, heavy amounts of fertilizer will often be needed to make up
the difference, and so the cycle of using lime and more fertilizer will continue.
BETTER WAYS OF RESTORING THE SOIL
Super Lime Plus
Directly supports the microbial activity and ORGANIC MATTER formation process by also providing SUGAR energy to the soil microbes. This helps to ensure constant organic matter formation all season long.
The soil-bound nutrients can mobilize freely.
Why Super Lime Plus liquid outperforms
QUALITY INGREDIENTS: ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY + SCIENTIFIC FORMULATION
The calcium found in our formula is clean and of the highest quality, This means It's readily available to the plant and there is no waiting for it to be released like with Ag Lime. It begins to work immediately! As mentioned above, When calcium is moved into the plant, it brings other nutrients along with it.
Giving your crop a clean source of calcium sets the stage for tremendous plant production!
Nitrate Nitrogen is the only form of nitrogen a plant can use. For a plant to use nitrogen, it must be converted into Nitrate (NO3-N). We provide a pure source of readily available nitrate so it too works immediately!
Calcium combined with Nitrate leads to better nutrient mobility, better plant growth, better cell formation-function, better photosynthesis, and better carbohydrate production by the plant.
Soil microbes are dependent on carbohydrates for food and energy to build organic matter and process nutrients to feed the plant! To ensure that the microbes have all the energy they need to help the plants use the soil-bound nutrients along with the calcium nitrate that's provided in our formula.
We have fortified Super Lime Plus with an abundance of carbohydrates!
When you add SUPER LIME PLUS to your field both plant and soil microbes feed aggressively all season with no energy loss!
Granular Lime cannot do what Super Lime plus can!
Granular lime doesn't provide nitrate-nitrogen nor carbohydrate energy directly, and once the soil is neutral pH, the Ag lime particles stop dissolving. This causes the calcium to become unavailable and lock up in the soil.
IMPORTANT: Just as calcium acts like a claw by pulling other nutrients with it into the plant, the same applies when it is locked in the soil. It will grab other nutrients in the soil and hold them there.
So if someone tells you, “There is no way a gallon of that Super Lime Plus
is equal to one ton of granular Ag lime” you can say you're right, One ton of granular Ag lime cannot do what one gallon of Super Lime Plus can!!