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 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • A farmer must have $5,000 in agricultural sales and a minimum of five acres of productive land.
  • Landscapers who require lime for the sole purpose of sod production.
  • Valid institutions or agricultural societies consisting of farmers who meet the above definition of a farmer.
  • Pastures with acceptable farm plans and are recognized by the Agriculture and Lands Branch.

Application Process

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 PDF (224 KB)

Application for Bulk Agricultural Limestone PDF  (97 KB)

Fees

Cost to farmers: $25/tonne for bulk (plus HST) with a minimum of 32 tonnes per purchase.

Fee is payable by credit card, cheque or money order to "Newfoundland Exchequer Account" and sent to the Agriculture and Lands Branch, Financial Officer.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

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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