Archive | Soil Testing

“You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Measuring your soil regularly with soil tests ensures you are applying the right inputs for your crops.

Soil samples are prepared to run through analysis.

Water-Soluble Soil Tests for Crops

Plant tissue testing, as done by most labs, is not as informative as water-soluble soil tests. Tissue tests only test the soluble contents of the cells.

Soil test diagram

Understanding Solubility & Paste Testing

Soil testing for low exchange capacity soils will help you develop a system that holds enough nutrients and maintains colloidal balance.

Chart of salt soil test examples

A Guide to Reading Soil Test Results

The following is how laboratory results are reported at Texas Plant & Soil Lab — other labs utilize similar terms.

Common Zinc Sources chart

Examples of How to Adjust to Your Soil Test Results

Every farmer needs to have the confidence that he is on a solid footing, and doing all he can to supply his crops the fertility needed from start to finish. Includes audio commentary from Neal Kinsey.

Corn stages are important to know as you plan your testing.

When Should I Test My Corn or Sorghum Plants?

There are three critical stages in corn (grain or sorghum) plants you should test around.

Soil Test Example

How to Read a Soil Test

The first step on the road to achieving healthy soils able to sustain productive plants is the soil or plant analysis test.