Soil Samples Don't Show All Deficiencies

September 23, 2016 01:09 PM

Wheat farmers are keeping a watchful eye on crop health as winter wheat is going in the ground.

Phil Needham, agronomist, took soil and tissue samples from a field to find the deficiencies not often seen in soil tests. In his test, the results from the nutrient profile were in decent shape. 

When looking at plant tissue analysis, those results didn’t match those of the soil tests. 

“Often times in no-till conditions, we often see that the soil’s cooler,” said Needham. “Not often has a big impact on nutrient availability, especially phosphate.”

Doing a plant tissue and soil analysis will help farmers manage their fields more efficiently by “gathering as much good information as possible to make the best decisions,” said Needham.

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