The effectiveness of a low rate of lime slurry for peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) production was evaluated on four Coastal Plain soils of southeastern Alabama. The four experimental sites were selected on farmers' fields because of their low soil pH and low exchangeable Ca. Lime was applied just prior to planting at a 560-kg/ha rate and at the recommended rate; lime sources included a slurry, an equally-fine dry limestone, and an agricultural-grade limestone. Soil pH and exchangeable Ca of the Ap horizon were measured by depth increments when crop was harvested. Lime slurry and dry lime at equivalent rates had identical effects on soil pH and peanut yields. The 560-kg/ha rate was inadequate for maximum peanut yields on Ca-deficient soils. The recommended rate of agricultural-grade limestone was more reactive than the low rate of lime slurry, and it also produced higher peanut yields.
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Keywords: peanut, lime, lime slurry, soil pH, exchangeable calcium
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Adams, F. & Hartzog, D., (1979) “Effects of a Lime Slurry on Soil pH, Exchangeable Calcium, and Peanut Yields”, Peanut Science 6(2), p.73-76. doi: https://doi.org/10.3146/i0095-3679-6-2-2