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Old 08-20-2007, 04:13 PM
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I just got my soil test back from the white tail institute. I am somewhat confused. There are to boxes at the top, one says what is in the soil, one says lime requirements - see table 3 for recommended lime requirements.

Ok all is good.

Then I read the paragraph "If your wildlife plot is over one acre you may want to purhase fertilizer from your local farm center. Refer to table 1 for recommendations for each nutrient of pure products. IF jusing bagged fertilizer refer to table 2 for application ammounts.

I'm not sure which I will use so I first look at table 1: Fertilizer to aplpy for bulk application
lb/acre lime 3000, nitrogen 30, phosphate 60, potash 120, magnesium 0

I then look at table 2: NPK Fertilizer to apply when using bagged fertilizer
3-9-9 lbs/acre 1000
8-24-24 lbs/acre 380

Now table 3: Lime to apply
Apply 3750 lbs of lime per acre

So now seeing the quantities I suspect I will have the coop come spread this stuff, so I'll use the bulk application, very good. But my quesiton is, how much lime do I need? table 1 says 3000 lbs/acre for bulk application, but the thing at the top says to see table 3 for recommended lime requirements and table 3 states 3750 lbs/acre. So do I need 3000, 3750, or 3000+3750=6750?

Also, any idea on how much all this is going to cost me?

Thanks for the help.
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Old 08-20-2007, 04:18 PM
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How big is your plot Acres X cost per acre = total
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Old 08-20-2007, 04:23 PM
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Good question. 1 acre
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Old 08-20-2007, 04:30 PM
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Basically they are telling you that you need allot of lime. If you have a truck just go get a ton and spread it your self. then around the first of the year do it again ,then by spring you should be in good shape to plant.

What are you thinking about planting?
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Old 08-20-2007, 04:33 PM
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I'm actually planning to plant this fall. I am planting whitetail insitutes chicory plus, it has a planting date through the end of august.
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Old 08-20-2007, 04:52 PM
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Well get as much lime on before hand as possible and add more thru the winter.

Lime is far more important than fertilizer.
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Old 08-20-2007, 07:25 PM
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If you don't put down the recommended lime the fertilizer will go to waste since the plants can't take it up. There are two different tables because when you buy fertilizer there is only a small amount of it in the bag, the rest is just filler. For example a bag of 10-10-10 is only ten percent of each nutrient.
Didn't know if you knew that so just thought I would add it in there.
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