Nutrient Management Planning
(2013-11-19) Soil testing should be a part of every good cropping system. The soil report shows the soil pH, the percentage of organic material, and the level of nutrients in the soil. It is important to find out if there are excessive nutrients in the soil that could be leaching into the water supply. Soil testing is the basis of any nutrient management plan. The object of nutrient management planning is to give a fertilizer recommendation that matches the requirement of the crop minus the amount of nutrients presently in the soil.
A soil test report is only as good as the sample it was taken from. Taking a poor quality sample is a waste of time and money. (Garbage in, garbage out.)
Soil Sampling Methods:
Remember, Don't Guess, Soil Test!
About the Author
Harvey Cairns is the agronomist working with Kensington North and the PEI Federation of Agriculture on nutrient management with our farmers. Harvey has a long professional background with nutrient management. He has worked for the PEI Soil and Crop Improvement Association and the PEI Dept. responsible for Agriculture. He is a Certified Nutrient Planner and a Certified Crop Advisor. His many years of experience is apparent in his observations on soil and nutrient issues.
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