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Soil pH and plant nutrients

Description

Soil pH does play a role in nutrient availability. Should you be concerned on your farm? Be more aware than concerned. Keep the pH factor in mind when planning nutrient management programs. Also, keep historical records of soil pH in your fields. Soils tend to acidify over time, particularly when large applications of NH4+ based fertilizers are used or there is a high proportion of legumes in the rotation. Recent years have shown the pH decline occurring more rapidly in continuously cropped, direct-seeded land. On the other hand, seepage of alkaline salts can raise the pH above the optimum range. So, a soil with an optimum pH today may be too acid or alkaline a decade from now, depending on producer land management.

Updated

May 1, 2003

Tags
soil condition soil fertility soil nutrients soil ph soils

Title and publication information

Type
Fact Sheet
Series Title

Agri-facts

Extent

2 pages

Frequency

Once

Publisher / Creator Information

Publisher

Agriculture, Food, and Rural Development (1992-2006)

Contributor

McKenzie, Ross

Place of Publication

Edmonton

Subject Information

Topic
Agriculture

Resource Dates

Date Created

2003-05-01

Date Added

2016-01-13T18:17:37.725514

Date Modified

2003-05-01

Date Issued

2003-05-01

Audience information

Identifiers

AGDEX number

531-4

NEOS catalogue key

2818770

Usage / Licence

Contact

Contact Name

Agriculture and Forestry

Contact Email

duke@gov.ab.ca