If you happened to drive by our Wildwood farm several weeks ago you may have seen a big truck driving up and down our field in a very methodical way with a cloud of white dust behind him.
What was he doing? He was “liming” our field.
What is lime?
The lime we put on our fields is made from all-natural, crushed limestone. It is a fine white powder that we spread on the ground and it dissolves into the soil when it rains. Limestone naturally has a high amount of calcium, and we add it to the soil to help lower the acidity of the soil.
Why would you put limestone (lime) on your fields?
Without getting too deep into science talk, think back to your high school chemistry class. You may remember learning about the pH scale. Soil pH tells you soil acidity, and nearly all Missouri soil is acidic.