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Crop Fertilization Based on North Carolina Soil Tests
Table 2.1  Factors for calculating lime rates *
Current
Soil
pH
Target pH
6.5 6.2 6.0 5.7 5.5 5.0
3.2 0.971 0.882 0.824 0.735 0.676 0.529
3.3 0.970 0.879 0.818 0.727 0.667 0.515
3.4 0.969 0.875 0.813 0.719 0.656 0.500
3.5 0.968 0.871 0.806 0.710 0.645 0.484
3.6 0.967 0.867 0.800 0.700 0.633 0.467
3.7 0.966 0.862 0.793 0.690 0.621 0.448
3.8 0.964 0.857 0.786 0.679 0.607 0.429
3.9 0.963 0.852 0.778 0.667 0.593 0.401
4.0 0.962 0.846 0.769 0.654 0.577 0.385
4.1 0.960 0.840 0.760 0.640 0.560 0.360
4.2 0.958 0.833 0.750 0.625 0.542 0.333
4.3 0.957 0.826 0.739 0.609 0.522 0.304
4.4 0.955 0.818 0.727 0.591 0.500 0.273
4.5 0.952 0.810 0.714 0.571 0.476 0.238
4.6 0.950 0.800 0.700 0.550 0.450 0.200
4.7 0.947 0.789 0.684 0.526 0.421 0.158
4.8 0.944 0.778 0.667 0.500 0.389 0.111
4.9 0.941 0.765 0.647 0.471 0.353 0.059
5.0 0.936 0.750 0.625 0.438 0.313 0
5.1 0.933 0.733 0.600 0.400 0.267  
5.2 0.929 0.714 0.571 0.357 0.214  
5.3 0.923 0.692 0.538 0.308 0.154  
5.4 0.917 0.667 0.500 0.250 0.083  
5.5 0.909 0.636 0.455 0.182 0  
5.6 0.900 0.600 0.400 0.100    
5.7 0.889 0.555 0.333 0    
5.8 0.875 0.500 0.250      
5.9 0.857 0.428 0.143      
6.0 0.833 0.333 0      
6.1 0.800 0.200        
6.2 0.750 0        
6.3 0.667          
6.4 0.500          
6.5 0          

* The factors in this table are derived from this formula:
FACTOR = [(target pH current pH) ÷ (6.6 – current pH)].

The lime requirement (LR) in U.S. tons per acre = (acidity × FACTOR) residual credit. Residual credit = 8% per month for MIN soils and 16% per month for M-O and ORG soils. Example: If soil pH = 5.0; desired pH = 6.0; acidity = 1.2; and residual credit = 0, then LR = (1.2 × 0.625) – 0 = 0.76 tons/acre. Acidity is calculated from the formula: (6.6 BpH) × 4 = meq Ac/100 cm³, where BpH = the buffer pH reading determined in the lab.

return icon.Hardy DH, Tucker MR, Stokes CE. 2014. Crop fertilization based on North Carolina soil tests. Raleigh (NC): North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Agronomic Division. Circular No. 1.

Last Update January 10, 2014

 

 

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