The long-term effects of liming on the dry matter production and chemical composition of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.)

Imre Vágó1 - László Tolner2 - Bettina eichler-löbermann3 - Imre Czinkota2 - Balázs Kovács4


1 Debrecen University, Department of Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science, H-4015 Debrecen, Böszörményi út 138.

2 Szent István University, Department of Soil Science and Agrochemistry, H-2103 Gödöllő

3 Institute of Land Use, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Science, University of Rostock, J.v. Liebig-Weg 6, D-18051 Rostock, Germany,

4 University of Miskolc, Department of Hydrogeology, H-3515 Miskolc-Egyetemváros


For studying the long-term effect of meliorative liming, a field experiment was set up in four replications, at three production sites, during the year 2006. Besides the control combinations (not treated with lime), a lime-dose calculated upon the Hungarian Liming Recommendation System (that is based on the hydrolytic acidity) and the half of this dose resp. were added to the treatment combinations. A year later, soil samples were taken from each sites and plots, and a pot-experiment on the basis of Mitscherlich was set up, with perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) as a test plant. In this work the yield and element composition of plants grown on limed and not limed soils will be compared. These experiments confirm the results of former experiments that state, that the lime amount calculated from the hydrolytic acidity is excessive.

Keywords: acidic soil, hydrolytic acidity, liming, perennial ryegrass, pot experiment