Can you afford to lime?


Research organisaton
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Lyn Dohle
Year(s) 2012
Contributor Agriculture Kangaroo Island Incorporated
Trial location(s) Kangaroo Island, SA
Can you afford to lime? locations

To answer the question: can you affod to lime?

Key messages

Long term trial work on KI, backed up by work inter and intra state has shown that as soils acidify the portion of acid tolerant weeds increases, growth of sub clover and perennial grasses decreases and crop yields decline. In addition many nutrients eg phosphorus, moly, magnesium and calcium become deficient but some like Aluminium can become toxic.

Lead research organisation Agriculture Kangaroo Island Incorporated
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source Caring for our Country
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments N/A
Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type None: No crop specified
Treatment type(s)
  • Farm operations: Economics
  • Soil Improvement
Trial type Article/commentary
Trial design Not applicable

Kangaroo Island 2012

Sow date Not applicable
Harvest date Not applicable
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
Psuedoreplication Not specified
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Trial source data and summary not available
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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Kangaroo Island, SA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Soil Moisture Source: BOM/ANU
Average amount of water stored in the soil profile during the year, estimated by the OzWALD model-data fusion system.
Year Kangaroo Island SA
2012 519.8mm
2011 514.9mm
2010 515.4mm
2009 513.6mm
2008 471.8mm
2007 460.6mm
2006 505.5mm
2005 500.0mm
2004 513.6mm
2003 541.7mm
2002 507.7mm
2001 516.7mm
2000 508.2mm
National soil grid Source: CSIRO/TERN
NOTE: National Soil Grid data is aggregated information for background information on the wider area
Actual soil values can vary significantly in a small area and the trial soil tests are the most relevant data where available

Soil properties



Derived climate information

No observed climate data available for this trial.
Derived climate data is determined from trial site location and national weather sources.

Kangaroo Island SA


Some data on this site is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology

SILO weather estimates sourced from
Jeffrey, S.J., Carter, J.O., Moodie, K.B. and Beswick, A.R. (2001). Using spatial interpolation to construct a comprehensive archive of Australian climate data , Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol 16/4, pp 309-330. DOI: 10.1016/S1364-8152(01)00008-1.

Trial report and links

2012 trial report

Trial last modified: 16-01-2023 08:53am AEST