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Recovery of meth dump site?

Can anything be done to recover ground where meth waste has been dumped?

 

Nominal Ph has returned back up to 6.0 with lime etc over the past 3 years. Deep plowing helps, but unknown chemicals continue to leach back toward surface stunting anything planted in those areas.

Any ideas ?

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Re: Recovery of meth dump site?

I would get a complete soil test to see what`s going on, perhaps the "chemicals" tied up or leached out a primary nutrient.  It could be Potash that`s needed to raise your Ph, if you already have enough calcium you`ll only tie up other nutrients by over applying lime.  Also you have to raise the organic matter for a "buffer", maybe work in wheat straw or something to build humus.  But you need a soil test to know what`s really going on.

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Re: Recovery of meth dump site?

If it's just a real small area that needs fixing and possibly needs the OM raised, along with the wheat straw you could hand seed a select few types of cover crops the wouldn't interfere with your next cash crop to be planted.  Something like oats, forage peas and/or turnips and radishes.  I would do exactly what the previous comment was and do a complete soil test of the area of concern.

 

If you do decide to use the cover crop approach, I'd consult a cover crop seed dealer and ask for a multi species blend that would winterkill easily so you wouldn't need to worry about escaping seed. Before I would do anything though, I would perform the soil test to be certain the ground hasn't become sterile in that location.

 

Good luck in finding a remedy for this spot and let us know what the problem was and how you corrected it.  We are all here to help one another.

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Re: Recovery of meth dump site?

Yes, these are small spotty areas where apparently acidic type waste was dumped.

I'll take the advice provided about a complete analysis, and explain this problem from the beginning and see what reply I can receive.

Thank you very much, and I'll post back in the future if I am able to pass on any usable information.

Tom S. in Tn.

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