There are various grades of agricultural lime and the fineness of the product is considered one of the most important factors as a finer product is more reactive and therefore more effective at correcting soil pH. Optimum soil pH is one of the most important factors in maximising yields by ensuring effective nutrient uptake in crops and pasture.
Our finest grade is ‘Neutra-Agg Ultra’ and previously it has been accredited as a ‘ground limestone’ to the 1991 UK Fertiliser Regs. This time the ALA has confirmed that the material also meets the more stringent EU 2003 Regs and is therefore also accredited as ‘fine quality limestone’ to that standard. Agricultural lime can be supplied to either standard in the UK, so it's great news that we have a material that is compliant with both.
It is likely that in future the UK Regs will be reviewed and updated to bring the specification requirements more in line with the EU Regs. If this happens then it is reassuring to know that we will still have a compliant product for continued supply to the agricultural sector enabling us to carry on supporting those essential first stages of food production.