Soil Testing to Guide Fertilizer Management
October 19, 2023
Regularly testing your soil will allow you to accurately spot problem areas and thus provide sustainable soil nutrient management. This updated version of a 1997 bulletin provides the basic information you need: proper soil sampling procedures, including those involving special soil sites (surface/furrow-irrigated fields, land-leveled/eroded areas or those that have had a fertilizer band applied); the benefits of using sensor-based soil testing and automated soil sampling equipment; and tips for choosing a certified lab to process the results. Soon you'll be well on your way to improving crop yields or more effectively managing fertilizer usage, among many other potential improvements.
Authors: Olga S. Walsh, Robert L. Mahler, Terry A. Tindall