When it comes to AgLime test data you need to consider the following points:
Purity (Wet LE = 86.6%)
Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3) is the key effective ingredient in AgLime and its presence is the driver in the reduction of soil acidity and the replacement of Calcium lost through leaching. AgLime purity (CaCO3 content) is represented by its Lime Equivalence (LE).
When choosing your AgLime supplier you need to factor the LE into account as this example outlines: Providing all other variables are the same and Supplier 1 Aglime has a LE of 85% and Supplier 2 an LE of 70%, to get the same result you would need to apply 17% more of Supplier 2s AgLime than that of Supplier 1.
Particle Size (>.5mm = 50.2%) and (>2mm = 87.4%)
The particle size of AgLime is extremely important, as this factor determines how available the CaCO3 is to your soil and how quickly results will be achieved. In simple terms, the smaller the particle size the quicker and more effective the CaCO3 will be. We believe the ideal balance of reactive time vs. effective spreading is 50% of product smaller than .5mm and no more than 13% over 2mm.
Moisture (H2O = 2.9)
The biggest issue with the moisture level of AgLime is the dilution of the CaCO3 content. The best way to insure you’re getting what you paid for is to ask your AgLime supplier to provide you Lime Equivalence data measured on wet or as supplied ™ product. For example, a dry LE of 90% on lime supplied with 20% moisture would mean the product delivered to your farm would have an actual (wet) LE of only 70%!
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