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.
“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 testing for low exchange capacity soils will help you develop a system that holds enough nutrients and maintains colloidal balance.
The following is how laboratory results are reported at Texas Plant & Soil Lab — other labs utilize similar terms.
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.
There are three critical stages in corn (grain or sorghum) plants you should test around.
The first step on the road to achieving healthy soils able to sustain productive plants is the soil or plant analysis test.