Before you plant your fields, consider IMI Aglime  ( 3/6/2015 )
By  Mike Gross , IMI Aglime Sales, Swayzee, Indiana

A common misconception in farming is that the fall of the year following harvest is the only time to apply aglime. In fact IMI Aglime can effectively be applied to fields before tilling and planting in the spring.

Aglime applied in the spring is particularly effective on corn planted fields. If you were to apply IMI Aglime prior to planting a corn field in the spring, it would be a minimum of 20-30% activated by the time the plant starts taking up nutrients around seven days post-emergence. This is particularly important because when a field's pH is low acidic, bacteria in the field that break down fertilizers are reduced or not present. Without a "live" soil, the breakdown of key nutrients in particular, nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus will be greatly reduced. Root systems are unable to uptake these elements and your fertilizer is "tied up" and unavailable and/or leached lower in the soil beyond the reach of the plant root. If you want your fertilizers to be 100% effective, your soils should be near a balanced pH of 7.0.

Aglime also helps release fertilizers already in the soil that would otherwise be unavailable to the plant. Microbial breakdown of organic matter and applied fertilizers is most efficient in balanced soils. In addition, the presence of magnesium in IMI Aglime will increase the chlorophyll molecule present in the plant tissue resulting in healthier stalks and root systems. Strong root systems, stock and leaf development, plant height and grain production are all positively impacted by fields balanced with IMI Aglime.

Another important reason to apply aglime in the spring is to control your herbicide costs. Unlike your crops, many weeds thrive in acidic soils. Balancing your soil help keep these weeds in check and boosts herbicide effectiveness.

In today's farming economy, every dollar spent on herbicides and fertilizers has to be effective. Applying aglime before you plant is assurance that your fields will be ready for new crops this year.

Before you apply aglime, a soil analysis should be conducted to determine the type and amount of aglime needed. If you have questions, contact Mike Gross, click here.

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