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5 Tips for Effective Soil Testing

Oct 15, 2013

It’s a good idea to pull soil samples from the field every two years, Farm Journal associate field agronomist Missy Bauer says in Episode 12 of Corn College TV Season 3.

"That helps us keep pretty consistent on keeping up with the lime needs or the pH levels in the field as well as your overall P and K levels or micronutrients in these fields," Bauer says.

Follow five steps when taking those samples:

  1. Calibrate your probe to the depth specified by the laboratory that will be processing your soil samples.
  2. Sample consistently. Labs generally specify a depth between 6 2/3" and 8".
  3. Pull between 10 and 12 cores from each management zone.
  4. Store soils in separate bags, one per management zone.
  5. Use field computers and GPS to know where you’re at in the field.

Learn more about how to put these five steps into practice here:

Five Steps for Proper Soil Sampling

Follow these guidelines to prepare field samples for laboratory evaluation, says Farm Journal associate field agronomist Missy Bauer in Corn College TV Season 3.


The When, How and Why of the Soil Test

Reach into the farmer’s toolbox with Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie to learn the keys to soil sampling. Reinforce the importance of soil sample. In episode 4 of Corn College TV, reach into the farmer’s toolbox with Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie to learn the keys to soil sampling.

 

Ways to Improve Soil Health

These tips will keep your fields producing at their highest potential, Farm Journal associate field agronomist Missy Bauer tells Corn College TV Season 3.

 

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