Importance of Soil Sampling

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Bucket with soil and soil testing probeTime has passed by rather quickly this year, it’s hard to believe it is already almost October. When temperatures finally start to cool down a bit, it makes it easier on our livestock. It’s time to start thinking about pasture rejuvenation and management.

The summer heat has definitely put a hurting on pastures and hay fields, therefore it is important to do soil tests and put out fertilizer accordingly. Before adding any lime or fertilizer this fall, I would highly recommend doing a soil sample, which is free from April 1st – November 30th.

We have plenty of kits available here at the extension office for anyone who would be interested. I would be more than happy to come out and help you take your samples and go over the report with you when it comes back. It is important to get your soil tested so you know where you stand before you start applying fertilizer.

Soil tests are great for showing you exactly what nutrients are needed to improve your land. This will help you put your money towards the nutrients that would be most beneficial for your plants. Applying nutrients that are not needed could lead to some plant toxicities. Over applying fertilizers could lead to excess runoff in the waterways and could lead to nutrient leaching, resulting in loss of money.