Spreading lime on an Dales dillower meadow to increase the soils fertility. Yorkshire Dales, UK. 2017© FLPA/REX/Shutterstock
Soil acidity is one of the most influential factors in forage production, yet many grassland farms are losing grass yield and quality because they are failing to apply lime. David Wall, a soil scientist at the Irish agriculture body, Teagasc, says it is good practice for grassland farmers to lime up to 20% of their land annually to achieve a target pH of 6.3 and redress lime losses and acid build-up, which mainly occur through drainage water.  But many farmers […]