Fisheries and Land Resources

Forestry and Agrifoods

Limestone Program

The soils of Newfoundland and Labrador are naturally acidic and require the addition of agricultural limestone to enhance soil productivity and to improve the efficiency of fertilizers to promote plant growth. 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. Limestone is used by most agricultural commodities in the Province.

Eligibility Requirements

  • A farmer must have $5,000.00 agricultural sales and 5 acres of productive land.
  • Landscapers who are eligible for aglime for the sole purpose of sod production.
  • A valid institution- Agricultural societies with farmers who meet the above definition of a farmer, co-op's same as above.
  • Pastures with acceptable farm plans which are recognized by the Agrifoods Branch.

Fees

Cost to farmers:
$25/tonne for bulk (plus HST)
$50/tonne for bagged (plus HST)

Application Process

Soil sample results and the recommendations of the Agricultural Representative must accompany all applications for limestone.

Please contact your Agricultural Representative to apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get limestone?

Contact your local Agricultural Representative. 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)
$50/tonne for bagged (plus HST)

How much limestone will I need for my land?

The application rates for limestone are based on the recommendations of the Soil, Plant and Feed Analytical Laboratory operated by the Agrifoods Branch, Forestry and Agrifoods Agency.

Who supplies the limestone?

Bulk limestone is currently being produced at a quarry in Cormack, NL. Bagged limestone is imported from Nova Scotia.

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