ABLime Southern Field Day Waimumu 10th - 12th Feb
Come join us at our site 162 at the Southern field days Waimumu from the 10th to 12th of Feb 2016 to discuss your Autumn fertiliser requirements and meet Professor Leo Condron BSc (Hons), PhD of Biogeochemistry, Lincoln University.
Professor Condron http://bioprotection.org.nz/users/leo-condron will be able to answer and discuss any questions on soils and soil fertility that you may have. While we can (and do) answer most of your questions around lime, fertiliser and soil science; we are really no match for this guy. He is one of the world’s experts on soil, and has been researching, lecturing and educating us all on this stuff for over 30 years. I am sure he can answer your questions in a concise and direct manner.
On another point; recently we have had a number of customers that have had soil test results come back with an extremely low soil pH. In the range of 5.4 – 5.6. I know for many, that times are tough financially at the moment, but I get very frustrated with seeing these very low soil pH’s. This is because these same farmers are putting on a reasonable quantity of fertiliser products to ensure that their soil has “good fertility”. While lime may be seen as the “poor cousin” to the flashier fertiliser products, the effect of a poor soil pH, has the same effect as poor fertiliser applications on your soil. Poor grass growth.
Many soil fertility advisers might tell you that you do not really need lime when your soil is in the pH range of 5.8-6.0, but please ensure that you are on the top side of this scale as dropping below 5.8 will definitely not be beneficial. So seeing a soil test result of 5.8, then deciding that is OK, and subsequently leaving a lime application for a couple of years is certainly not a good farming practice, and will potentially get you into a nasty position to rectify things.
You will see at Waimumu that we are asking you to target a soil pH of 6.2. This is because it is the sweet spot for nutrient availability and soil health. It is also not far from the required pH of 6.5 required for Fodder Beet and Lucerne crops. It is also a hell of a lot better than setting your target at pH of 5.8 and missing the bulls-eye and hitting a 5.4.
We can talk more at the field days. See you there.
ABLime - General Manager