Forestry and Agrifoods
The soils of Newfoundland and Labrador are naturally acidic and require the addition of agricultural limestone to neutralize soil acid, which can improve the efficiency of fertilizers needed for plant growth and enhance soil productivity. The increased efficiency of fertilizer through the application of limestone reduces the amount of fertilizers applied to agricultural land, thereby resulting in increased production, financial savings to farmers and reduced risk of agricultural non-point source pollution to surface and ground water. Limestone is used by most agricultural commodities in the province.
Soil samples are required and should be submitted to the Soil, Plant and Feed Laboratory after October 1 annually to qualify for the limestone program in corresponding year. The applicant must submit soil sample results and an application form to the Agricultural Development Officer (ADO) who will verify the application and forward to Soil Fertility Specialists for approval.
Please contact your local Agricultural Development Officer to apply.
Soil Sample Submission Form (142 KB)
Cost to farmers: $25/tonne for bulk (plus HST) with a minimum of 32 tonnes per purchase.
Payment is due upon approval notification.
If paying by credit card and payment is more than $150, please complete the Pre-authorized Payment Form available here (138 KB) and send to the Department of Finance, Central Cashiers Office by fax or mail (emails are not received).
If paying by cheque, please give the cheque to your ADO who will then forward it to Department of Fisheries and Land Resources, Agriculture and Lands Branch who will issue a receipt and arrange delivery of the limestone.
Fee is payable by credit card, cheque or money order to "Newfoundland
Exchequer Account" and sent to the Agriculture and Lands Branch, Financial
How do I get limestone?
Contact your local Agricultural Development Officer. They will advise you on completing the process.
What are the benefits of using limestone?
The increased efficiency of fertilizer through the application of limestone reduces the amount of fertilizers which need to be applied to the land, thereby resulting in increased production, financial savings to farmers and reduced risk of contamination to surface and ground water.
How much does it cost?
$25/tonne for bulk (plus HST) with a minimum of 32 tonnes per purchase.
How much limestone will I need for my land?
Lime is recommended based on soil analysis which is conducted by the Soil and Feed Laboratory operated by the Agriculture Production and Research Division of the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources.
Who supplies the limestone?
Bulk limestone is currently being produced at a quarry in Cormack, NL.
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