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Author(s):Park, Brad
Author Affiliation:Sports Turf Research and Education Coordinator, Department of Bio/Pathology, Rutgers University
Title:Soil pH and use of lime
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Source:Update [New Jersey]. Vol. 4, No. 4, July/August 2004, p. 4-5, 12-13.
# of Pages:4
Publishing Information:Pennsville, NJ: Sports Field Managers Association of New Jersey
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Acidic soils; Alkaline soils; Application rates; Calcium carbonate equivalent; Liming; Liming materials; Particle size; Recommendations; Soil pH; Soil testing
Abstract/Contents:Discusses soil pH (potential Hydrogen) and describes how to utilize liming materials to correct soils that have low pH levels. States that "acidity and alkalinity are defined in terms of the hydrogen ion (H+) concentration found in pure water. If the soil solution contains more hydrogen ions than are found in pure water, the soil is considered acidic." Suggests that soil pH affects turfgrass health by "influencing the availability of plant nutrients as well as elements that can be detrimental to turfgrass vigor." Suggests potential ways to determine whether sports field lime applications are necessary, noting that "fertilizer and lime requirements recommended by the Rutgers Soil Testing Laboratory are based on soil nutrient levels, pH, and in some cases, crop management and site conditions." Details possible effects of liming on soil, reporting that it might "[neutralize] soil acidity." Advises that "while all liming materials are relatively insoluble, materials with finer particle sizes (greater surface area) have an increased dissolution rate in soils, and therefore will have the effect of neutralizing acidity more quickly than a coarser grade lime source." Explains the concept of a "relative neutralizing value," mentioning that calcium carbonate equivalents have values of 100 percent. Provides an example of a soil test recommendation for the establishment of a sports field based on a soil pH of 5.35. Concludes that "lime requirements are often specified such that the amount of lime required is applied over multiple applications."
Note:Reprint appears in Update [New Jersey] 13(4) Winter 2013, p. 5, 8, 14, 17, with additional picture, b/w
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Park, B. 2004. Soil pH and use of lime. Update [New Jersey]. 4(4):p. 4-5, 12-13.
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