Slake, Infiltration and Bulk Density (BD) are 3 tests that are fairly easy to do on the farm with a few simple tools.
To find out which direction we should be headed in terms of soil health we should look back to how it was.
Wouldn't it be great if all the inputs, machinery and/or farming practices that promise to grow you an extra 2-5 bu were true and reliable? It would be easy to spend your way to a bumper crop. 2 bushels here, 3 bushels there... done deal! Unfortunately, it is not a compounding effect.... it's probably easier to spend your way broke than into prosperity.
Last week we looked at the important role of carbon in plant growth and soil hea [...]
With new technological developments in measuring soil productivity, more emphasis will be put on stewardship and production potential when determining land values.
Residual nutrient levels on a soil test can fluctuate year to year. Solid fertility plans should be based on yearly testing and long term averages.
Traditionally we have always started soil testing in mid September. The reasonin [...]