Dataset: Rothamsted long-term liming experiment soil properties 1962-1996


The experiment tests the effects of different amounts of lime (and thus soil pH), P and K on a sequence of arable crops, on a silty clay loam soil at Rothamsted Experimental Farm, from 1962-1996. Mg, Mn and S were tested on split plots at different times. Target soil pH was 4.5, 5.5, 6.5 and 7.5. There is a parallel experiment at Woburn Experimental Farm. Since 1997 the experiment has been in grass.


Period 1 (1962-1980): four lime levels with and without fertilizer P and K. Magnesium was tested on split plots 1974-1978. Period 2 (1981-1996): four lime levels with four P levels. Manganese was tested on split plots 1987-1990; Sulphur was tested on split plots 1991-1996. 2 replicates.


  • Margaret Glendining: Data curator
  • Jonathan Holland: Researcher
  • Steve McGrath: Project manager
  • Keith Goulding: Project member
  • Nathalie Castells-Brooke: Data manager

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YOU MUST CITE AS: Margaret Glendining, Jonathan Holland, Steve McGrath, Keith Goulding (2021). Dataset: Rothamsted long-term liming experiment soil properties 1962-1996 Electronic Rothamsted Archive, Rothamsted Research 10.23637/rcs10-rltlsoil-01

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Table Of Contents

This dataset contains soil pH, Olsen P (plant-available soil P) and exchangeable cations (Ca, K, Mg and Na) measured several times over the course of the experiment.

Information is taken from original raw data sheets and analysis files, held in the archives at Rothamsted Research.

For further information and assistance, please contact the e-RA curators, Sarah Perryman and Margaret Glendining using the e-RA email address: