Without a soil analysis, it’s nearly impossible to determine what a soil needs in order to be productive. Laboratory soil analyses (soil tests) provide information on your soil’s available nutrient-supplying capacity. This information helps you select the correct kind and amount of fertilizer and liming material, which helps you develop and maintain more productive soil and increased crop production.
Why should I soil sample?
Reasons for soil sampling include the following:
- Establish baseline soil nutrient status for new landowners
- Measure change in soil nutrient status over time
- Document soil nutrient management for certification requirements
- Determine nutrient application recommendations prior to planting
- Assess pH and the need for liming
- Avoid excessive nutrient applications or soluble salt accumulation
- Develop a plan for possible variable-rate fertilising within a field
Armstrong Richardson offers a soil analysis service. Your local representative will arrange with you a soil analysis programme.
The samples will be tested based on the information you wish to achieve. Once you receive the results your fertiliser requirements can be discussed.
The general analysis required is for SOIL pH, PHOSPHORUS, POTASSIUM and MAGNESIUM availability, although other trace elements can be analysed if required.