Soil Testing

soil probe pictureTesting soil can give information on the soil’s ability to supply nutrients for best plant growth, thereby providing a scientific basis for deciding if and how much lime and nutrients are needed.  Plants respond better to applications that are tailored to their needs rather than to general applications. Also, soil tests indicate when the applications are no longer needed.  This means a cost savings to you, and, of equal importance, it avoids needless nutrient applications that contribute to environmental pollution.  The saying “If one pound is good, two are better and three must be best” does not apply to fertilizer!  The information below will help you  in testing your soil.  If you have further questions, contact Ted Bay, Ag & Farm Management Agent at the Grant County Extension Office, 723-2125.