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Does applying chalk to the soil harm soil life?

Hey y’all!

I’m working in Chinandega, Nicaragua, and we have a lot of problems with soil-borne pathogens and insects. The local ag folks suggest applying chalk to the soil to kill off fungi and deter grubs and gusanos alambres, but I haven’t been able to find a lot of literature backing that up. Does anyone have experience with this or know what other effects chalk might have on the soil?

Thanks so much!