When soil becomes too acidic, it creates a poor growing environment for plants and crops. Soil can become acidic through rainfall and leaching, acidic parent material in the soil, fertilizer application, and the harvesting of crops. Over time, the acidic soil will produce lower yielding crops, which will decrease the profits of farmers.
Soil acidity can effectively and economically be corrected by liming the soil with agricultural limestone. The calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in the lime reacts with the acidic soil, sequentially raising the pH of the soil. This process happens as the calcium (Ca) in the CaCO3 moves to the surface of the soil particles, replacing the acidity. The acidity then reacts with the CO3 to form carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O). The result is then a less acidic and more productive soil.
Agricultural lime is not only used on production crops. It can also be applied to residential lawns, home gardens, and food plots for wildlife. Anywhere that acidic soil is hindering the growth of plants and flora, Ag-lime can be beneficial.