The British Survey of Fertiliser Practice* suggests that the steady decline in agricultural land area receiving lime in Britain appears to be reversing slowly for arable agriculture, but for grassland agriculture it is a differerent and more worrying story – see ‘News and Events’ for more information.
The survey also concludes that this area is still considerably less than that calculated to require liming. In addition, it states the principle causes of acidification have not lessened, and it is reasonable to believe that significant areas of arable land, and more particularly grassland, are at a pH level which could limit productivity.
*Organised and jointly funded by the Fertiliser Manufacturers' Association (FMA), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Scottish Executive Rural Affairs.
The following is our guidance on environmentally compliant on-farm application of LimeX:
Avoid field applications under the following conditions:
In addition, spreading should be as accurate as possible and not within 2 metres of any surface water.
Remember: It is the responsibility of the occupier of the land to consider making a pre-application field inspection to assess risk of run-off to surface water; and to record all field applications and nutrient contribution within the nutrient management plan.