How to Test Your Soil?


How to Test Your Soil?

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Like animals, plants need nutrients to grow. If any are in short supply, development will be compromised and performance disappointing. Any shortfalls can be made up by applying manures, slurries or artificial fertilisers. A soil test will help decide how many additional nutrients are required, allowing a more targeted approach to fertiliser use, saving time and money.


Here are 7 tips to collecting your soil sample:

  • Twist a sampling auger/soil corer down to 7.5cm.
  • Walk the field in a ‘W’. Avoid gateways/feeding areas.
  • Collect 25 plugs of soil.
  • Seal soil in plastic bag and label.
  • Send to soil laboratory (via local co-op, fertiliser merchant or independent company etc).
  • Sample about every five years, in the same season and at least two months after the last application of manure, fertiliser or lime.
  • Include fields that under-perform, are going to be reseeded, which receive a lot of muck and slurry, or where perennial ryegrass content is noticeably declining.

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