Soil testing provides producers and homeowners important information concerning the fertility status of the soil. Here is how you collect and submit samples to the K-State Soil Testing Lab.
After harvest is a good time to soil sample your fields for soybean cyst nematode. Currently, 58 of Kansas’s 105 counties are known to be infested.
Wheat producers are encouraged to utilize soil testing to aid in making accurate fertilizer decisions. Now is the time to get samples taken and submitted for analysis. Read more in this article from soil fertility specialist, Dorivar Ruiz Diaz.
Soil testing can be done in either spring or fall on hay fields and pasture. Soil sampling on a regular basis (every 3 – 4 years) can save money and reduce environmental impacts of overapplying fertilizer or manure.
Wheat producers in Kansas should consider soil testing to help in making accurate fertilizer decisions. Accurate decisions are especially important during years with low grain prices and tight budgets.
Fall is an excellent time to perform soil testing of pastures and hayfields. Testing in the fall allows more time for any needed lime applications before the main growing season and allows flexibility for planning fertilizer applications.
In Kansas, salt-affected soils and related problems occur statewide but often on small areas. Salt-affected soils are divided into three groups depending on the amounts and kinds of salts present. Learn more about these soils and how they are characterized in this article.
Wheat producers in Kansas should consider soil testing to help make accurate fertilizer decisions ahead of planting. After variable conditions and yield levels across the state, fertilizer needs may require adjustments based on soil test results. Now is the time to take soil samples to ensure there will be enough time to consider the test results when planning your fall fertilizer programs.
Soil testing provides producers and homeowners important information concerning the fertility status of the soil. This information can help produce better crops and reduce costs by guiding management decisions. Proper sample collection and submission to a testing lab is very important to ensure the most accurate results.
At first glance, soil sampling might seem to be an easy task. However, when you consider the variability that likely exists within a field because of inherent soil formation factors and past production practices, the collection of a representative soil sample becomes more of a challenge. Learn how to collect the best soil samples that will represent your fields.
The accuracy of a soil test is limited, in part, by the quality of the tested sample. However, soil samples must also be handled properly after they have been collected. Results from a recent study at K-State illustrates what can happen when soil sample submission to a testing lab is delayed and samples are not properly stored.