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There is a lot of lime being spread in Western Australia – or is there?
In fact, the Australian Bureau of Statistics agricultural census paints a picture showing that we are still far short of the amount of lime that should be getting on to the ground.
For many years Western Australian soils acidified without significant production penalties. The soil pH was at values that were not affecting plant growth. However, over the last decade or so, large areas of soils have reached the point where production is being affected. In addition, we are now introducing plant species such as canola and the new pulse crops which are much more sensitive to acid soils.
There are still very large areas of soils that need lime applications to remain at, or return to, full production. The papers in this publication deal with some of the technical information, which allows us to be confident in the decisions being made on managing soil acidity.
The implementation of adequate soil acidity management in Western Australia relies on clear communication between many sectors in the agricultural industries, particularly between land managers, consultants, the lime industry and the Western Australian soil acidity team.
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Fertilizers, Trace elements, Soil pH, Acid soils, Soil acidity, Soil management, Legumes, Acidification, Lupins, Leaching, Liming, Rotations, Cereals, Soil types, Western Australia
Food Science | Soil Science
Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia. (1997), Western Australia soil acidity research and development update 1997 : time to lime. Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia, Perth. Bulletin 4505.