iLime tips and tricks

Page last updated: Tuesday, 5 October 2021 - 4:01pm

Please note: This content may be out of date and is currently under review.

Export/Import Custom Settings

Export Data

Custom settings may be exported. This allows you to import some or all of your custom settings for use in later analyses, to save them onto a computer and/or to transfer them to other devices.

The ‘Export data’ option may be found in the ‘hamburger menu’ 

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in the top right corner of the app screen.

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Displaying the ‘Hamburger menu’ to show Export data and Import data.

Type a name for the file to be exported and tap the ‘Export Custom Content’ button. The file will be saved to the documents area on your device. Any and all customised content currently in the app will be saved.

Saving Files to a Computer

Once saved, your file(s) may be found in the files area on your device. These files may be copied to your computer to save as a back-up or to transfer to other devices. Files are transferred via normal file navigation for iOS or Android devices.

Import Data

The ‘Import Data’ option may be found in the ‘hamburger menu’ in the top right corner of the app screen.

Tap ‘Choose File’ and navigate to the location on your device where you have saved your exported data files (.json). Select the file from which you’d like to import custom content and the specific content that you’d like to import. Tap ‘Import Selected Content’.

Making selections of custom values to import
Making selections of custom values to import.

Rotations can only be imported if all of the crops in the rotation are also imported. If custom content is imported that has the same name as existing custom options in iLime, the content has ‘-copy’ added to the name.

The imported custom content will be available to use in scenarios in iLime.

Tip

We suggest that you export custom settings and save them to your computer prior to updating iLime to ensure that none of your saved data are lost.

Settings

The 'Settings' option allows you to alter the number of years for the analysis and the discount rate. Limits and suggested values for these are described in the information text for each setting. 
 

Evaluating Lime

Sources of lime may be assessed in iLime to determine the product that will give you the best return on investment, for your situation.

The information about soil, production and lime strategy that you have specified for the paddock (or area) of soil are used to estimate the return from liming, discounted over time. The graph of discounted cash flow indicates returns over time, including the estimated number of years until break-even for each scenario.

Results of an analysis in iLime showing the cumulative discounted cashflow graph. 
Results of an analysis in iLime showing the cumulative discounted cashflow graph.

In addition, you can compare the estimated change in pH and yield from different lime sources and/or rates by selecting those graphs on the Results page.

The total, discounted lime cost provided with the summary information on the Results page allows you to compare two sources of lime in terms of total cost.

Assessing a Lime Mix

You may evaluate mixing lime sources using the "Create lime mix” option located within the edit menu on the Lime page. Once on the lime mix page, select two lime sources that you’d like to mix and adjust the proportion of the mix using the slider. The weight in each sieve size and neutralising value are adjusted automatically. (Note: iLime assumes that the two products are mixed completely in the proportions selected).

Creating a lime mix in iLime, in this case mixing limesand with a local lime
Creating a lime mix in iLime, in this case mixing limesand with a local lime.

Save the new mix to create a lime that can be used in your scenarios. You will need to enter a cost and distance for any freight or, alternatively, simply adjust the lime cost, to reflect the cost of freight, once the lime has been saved.

A new lime source generated from a mix can be used or edited in exactly the same manner as any other custom lime. It is possible to use a lime mix as one of the lime sources in a later mix (should you be considering mixing more than two lime sources).

Lime Application to a Target pH

The estimated lime requirement calculated by the app and displayed in the summary on the Results page is based on the amount of lime required to adjust the pH of the soil to the minimum target pHCaCl2 values of 5.5 in the surface and 4.8 in subsurface soil.

The graph of the change in pH of the soil in each layer will enable you to examine the results for each scenario in more detail. You may then adjust the rates used in a scenario and calculate to see the impact relating to the specific targets for your soil.

Results page showing the change in pH over time for the 0–10 cm layer. Examine these results to determine the rate of lime required to reach your target pH in each soil layer
Results page showing the change in pH over time for the 0–10 cm layer. Examine these results to determine the rate of lime required to reach your target pH in each soil layer.

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