Soil testing is an integral part of managing soils for crop production, lawn care or even wildlife food plots. Determining whether interventions are needed to improve soil fertility or alter pH is best done with a soil test. However, a soil test is only as good as a soil sample. So, before you take a sample, take a moment to review procedures outlined in the adjoining pages.
Soil samples should represent the general soil conditions of the field. An acre of soil to a 6-inch depth in a typical agricultural field weighs about 1,000 tons, yet less than 1 ounce of soil is used for each test in the laboratory. Therefore, it is very important that the soil sample is characteristic of the entire field. Learn more by following the recommended procedures.