Teagasc Research Shows Environmental Benefits of Lime

A new scientific paper from Teagasc has shown that getting soil pH right through a liming programme can significantly reduce emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), a potent greenhouse gas. The paper from researchers at the Teagasc Environment, Soils and Land-Use Department in Johnstown Castle, County Wexford has just been published in the scientific journal, Agriculture, [...]

February 4th, 2021|Uncategorised|

Liming plans compulsory for farmers in derogation

The nitrates derogation provides farmers with an opportunity to farm at a high stocking rate. Farmers must not exceed stocking rates of 2 dairy cows per hectare (ha) without a derogation but can farm at almost 3 cows per ha if approved for derogation. Over 7,000 farmers, farming nearly 500,000 hectares in Ireland have availed [...]

April 21st, 2020|Uncategorised|


Farmers within Nitrates Derogation that are under the compulsory adoption of a farm scale liming programme, are being assured that there is presently no disruption to the supply of ground agricultural limestone in light of the current Covid-19 restrictions. This is the message from The Ground Limestone Producers Association of Ireland (GLPAI). The most recent [...]

April 6th, 2020|News|

Lime Application During the Winter Months

Although the period for the application of both chemical and organic fertilisers is now closed, farmers can continue to apply ground limestone all year round. Winter is an ideal opportunity for lime application. Periods of hard frost are perfect for liming as the ground can cope with heavy machinery. For example, over one-third of all [...]

December 18th, 2019|News|

Grolime Members Attend Teagasc Lime Technical Training Seminar

There was a full house in Portlaoise on September 4th when Grolime members participated in a lime technical training seminar, which was delivered by Teagasc experts Mark Plunkett and Dr David Wall. The topics discussed at the seminar included lectures on national soil fertility levels, the return on investment from lime, soil testing, the soil [...]

October 25th, 2019|News|

Lime – the Facts

Irish soils have a natural requirement for lime to control soil acidity, due to our high levels of rainfall. Lime will neutralise this acidity and restore a more favourable soil pH for crop growth, nutrient release and soil quality. Over 1 million tonnes of ground limestone were spread on Irish farms in 2018, an increase [...]

October 24th, 2019|News|

Is your farm one of the 65% deficient in lime?

Soil pH has a major influence on the availability of nutrients in the soil which promote crop production. In 2016, two thirds of all Irish soils tested had suboptimal pH levels. According to Teagasc, in some counties this figure was as high as 80%. When lime is added to soil, it increases the soil's pH, [...]

August 15th, 2019|News|

Irish farmers need lime to unlock soil fertility

2018 saw over 1 million tonnes of ground limestone spread on Irish farms, an increase of 38% on 2017 levels. While weather conditions obviously played their part in this increase, it is clear that Irish famers, acting on strong advice from Teagasc, are increasingly utilising the benefits of lime to unlock soil fertility on their [...]

April 24th, 2019|News|

Planning your lime spreading campaign

When planning the farm’s annual fertiliser programme, it is essential to factor in the land’s lime requirements. Correcting soil acidity is the first step in fertiliser planning and goes hand in hand with efficient management of fertiliser and manure applications. In order to put together a fertiliser plan, farmers should first soil sample the farm [...]

April 4th, 2019|News|

New Booklet “Soil pH and Lime” Produced by The Fertilizer Association of Ireland and Teagasc

The Fertilizer Association of Ireland in association with Teagasc launched a Technical Bulletin booklet entitled “Soil pH and Lime” on the 19th October 2016. The booklet highlights the importance of adopting and putting in place a liming plan for grassland and tillage farms and presents the latest research findings on the agronomic and economic benefits [...]

November 29th, 2016|News|


The COVID-19 public health measures announced by the Irish Government on 28th March 2020 facilitate the continuation of farming and agricultural operations. These measures allow for the manufacture, transport, distribution and sale of lime and fertiliser products which are considered an essential part of the food supply chain.

Farmers should contact their local Grolime supplier for further information. click here to find your local supplier