The soil is sandy upland mountain type. This plot has a very slight grade so runoff will be minimalWhat's your soil type like? Sandy, good infiltration, or steeper soil with some runoff? Rule of thumb, the sooner you spread lime the better, if runoff isn't an issue. Because lime takes a while to break down and start working. A lot of farmers have their lime spread in the fall to get better results.
I wonder if I would see better results broadcasting lime now or waiting and discing in lime in a couple months. Any thoughts?
The other nice thing about dolomitic lime is the higher neutralizing power. Pound for pound, dolomitic can do 165% of what a calcitic lime can do. Another nice bonus of lighter sandy soil. Not only is dolomitic lime cheaper in the midwest, it also doesn't take quite as much to get the job done.
Have you tried solution-cal?Are your plots small enough that you can spread w/ a broadcast (push) spreader? If so, look into Solu-Cal if you can find it near you. Easy to spread, takes way less, & is super fast acting. Only drawback is it's expensive.
I bought a bag of solu cal today for about a .25 to .3 acre plot. The soil is former standing timber about 10 years ago and been weeds since.Yes we've been using it for 3-4 years on clients lawns & it's good stuff. Used it on 2 small food plots last year & it brought soil pH up quickly. Def. good for smaller plots that you have to apply via broadcast spreader.