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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.

Examining foliar health could give you the clues you need to find which nutrients and minerals are deficient, or in too much abundance.

Signs of Nutrient Deficiencies in Soybeans

If a plant is not getting the proper amounts of nutrient elements, it may develop certain symptoms, abnormal colors or growth defor­mities.

nutrient uptake chart

How Do I Decide What Amount of Nutrients to Apply to My Corn?

Nutrients like calcium, boron and manganese travel primarily in the xylem or the water transport system of the plant.

Agriculture in Transition book cover

Book excerpt: Agriculture in Transition by Donald Schriefer

Agriculture in Transition is the last word on eco-farming systems from America’s “environmental agronomist” – Donald L. Schriefer. A pioneer in developing an awareness of the relation of tillage to soil fertility, Schriefer focused on three major soil basics – soil aeration, soil water, and soil decay – as the foundation of sound, productive agriculture.

Corn cob on the stalk

Soil Requirements for Growing Corn

Farming has to be a paying proposition — that is, the farmer has to be paid a fair profit as are other segments of the economy. Until such changes come about, one way to “beat the system” is to grow higher quality crops with less dollar input. Crops that command premium prices on the market, […]

Corn leaves

Setting the Table to Optimize Fertilizers, Soil Amendments

It is a big mistake to consider that just adding enough fertilizer to grow the crop is what determines soil fertility.