Lime, Hi-Cal

Lime, Hi-Cal

(95% CaCO3) The most common and most frequently used soil conditioner. Hi-Cal lime has less than 5% magnesium oxide: recommended for soils with excess magnesium.

Looking for Aragonite? The price of aragonite jumped 50% last year; we recommend Hi-Cal Lime instead. Aragonite and Hi-Cal are both calcium carbonate, just with a different crystalline structure. Bruce Hoskins at the Maine State Soil lab says, “I see no reason not to steer growers to calcitic limestone as a substitute for aragonite”; the two products have similar calcium content, neutralizing power, and reaction time. Hi-Cal may contain marginally more magnesium than aragonite.

Prilled with 2% sodium salt lignin, an NOP-allowed synthetic, as a binding agent.

8198 Lime, Hi-Cal
Item Discounted
A: (5#) $7.00
  MOFGA Approved
B: (50#) $11.00
  OMRI Certificate
C: pallet 40 bags (2000#) $380.00
  OMRI Certificate
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Additional Information


Pounds of limestone (calcitic or dolomitic) needed to raise the pH of 1000 sq ft to 6.5.

Current pHSandy SoilLoam SoilClay Soil

Source: L.B. McCarty, Best Golf Course Management Practices, 2001
1 acre = 43,560 sq ft

Click here for more info about calcium and pH.

Rock Powders and Soil Amendments

Thriving sustainable agriculture is built on the ground of a healthy soil. In fact, organic certification requires a soil management plan. Do a soil test to determine your soil’s needs before embarking on a program of soil improvement.

Rock powders and soil amendments used with a program of crop rotation, composting and cover cropping will enhance fertility, improve soil tilth, promote disease resistance, support beneficial soil microorganisms, and even help restore balance to the garden and the world around it. Application rates vary depending on soil type and results of soil tests. Used with organic fertilizers, rock powders and soil amendments will help address immediate fertility needs as well as long-term requirements of sustainable growth. Rock powders can be applied directly to soil but their nutrients will be more readily available to plants if incorporated into compost.

Organic Certification

Inoculants, soil amendments, fertilizers, livestock supplies and pesticides are labeled as:
OMRI: Organic Materials Review Institute. Most state certifying agencies, including MOFGA, accept OMRI approval.
MOFGA: Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association. Reviewed by MOFGA and allowed for use on MOFGA-certified farms. Check with your certifier.
WSDA: The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Organic Certifying division has approved these products for use in organic agriculture in Washington State. MOFGA has indicated that they will accept products on this list for their certification program. Check with your certifier.
Nat’l List: One-ingredient products on the NOP* List of Allowed Substances (subpart G of the Organic Foods Production Act, sections 205.601-606). Check with your certifier.
AYC: Products whose active ingredient is on the list of allowed substances, but which are not on the OMRI or WSDA list. Ask your certifier.
Not Allowed: A few of the products we list are not allowed for organic production but we think they have a place in sensible agriculture and can be used when certification is not an issue.

Click here for our list of soil amendments, fertilizers, and disease and insect controls along with their certification status and manufacturers.