Agricultural lime analysis is commonly conducted for producers and lime quarries. Samples are oven dried before analysis, which can cause the analytical time to vary depending on the moisture content of the sample that is submitted.
Reported data includes the results of the chemical and mechanical analysis (fineness factor, calcium carbonate equivalent, effective calcium carbonate, weight on 8-mesh sieve, weight on 60-mesh sieve, and weight through 60-mesh sieve).
The KSU Soil Testing Lab only offers one test package for agricultural lime analysis, which includes fineness factor, calcium carbonate (CaCO3) equivalent, effective calcium carbonate, weight on 8-mesh sieve, weight on 60-mesh sieve, and weight through 60-mesh sieve. When the analyses are complete, a report will be mailed including data for the above parameters and will be signed by the analyst completing the report.
When collecting samples for lime analysis, remove the top 12 inches of the each sample area to remove eroded material before collecting the sample. Approximately 10 profile samples should be taken to a depth of 5 feet (if possible). The samples can be combined and submitted to the KSU Soil Testing Lab in a water-tight container.