SOIL ANALYSIS

CHEMICAL & MECHANICAL ANALYSIS

 IMPORTANCE OF SOIL TEST

Soil analysis is a valuable tool for your farm as it determines the inputs required for efficient and economic production. A proper soil test will help ensure the application of enough fertilizer to meet the requirements of the crop while taking advantage of the nutrients already present in the soil. It will also allow you to determine lime requirements and can be used to diagnose problem areas. It is very important that your sampling technique is correct as the results are only as good as the sample you take. CSTPL Soil testing services and agriculture soil testing are a requirement for farms that must complete a nutrient management plan.

ECONOMIC BENEFITS

If you are taking soil samples, and have the capabilities to follow through on what is shown to be needed, don’t just take soil samples every 3 or 4 years. Instead, stop and analyze the situation. How valuable is the crop? Those who are growing seed crops, or crops of higher value, should test before every crop. One client who owned a seed farm, for example, from the time sampling first began, would sample twice within a 12 month period, when raising a seed corn and a seed wheat crop. We also have commercial vegetable who sample to fertilize for their principal crop, and again prior to whatever will be used in the rotation, even if it will be cover crops. Some of our largest clients grow tree fruits and nuts, and they correctly take soil sample every year. Even cotton, corn, soybeans, and wheat producers who are achieving high yields should do the same thing, and many who are clients of ours do just that. One vegetable or seed wheat crop grower put it this way, “If I soil test properly, it costs me less than 1 or 2 small square bales of hay per acre. But if I don’t test, it can cost far more than that buying fertilizer I really don’t need, or through loss of yield for failing to apply something the soil did need. Soil and water testing becomes prior need of each farmer which can be done at soil water plant testing lab or soil nutrients analysis laboratory. Soil testing is extreme necessary to check soil and water plant nutrients”.

IMPORTANCE OF YOUR SOIL

To find out what you need to do to improve your soil’s quality, you should know each of the following attributes of the soil:

  • Current pH levels of your soil.
  • Fertility levels of the principal nutrients.
  • Type and quantity of lime your soil needs.
  • Nutrients need to be added to your soil as fertilizer.
  • Amount of fertilizer your crop and soil needs.

AGRICULTURE SOIL TESTING

In agriculture today, anecdotal evidence suggests the percentage has improved. To remain profitable in agriculture under present conditions, every farmer and grower should consider that fertility levels must be measured. 

 We are having various labs like soil testing lab, soil and plant tissue lab,soil nutrients analysis laboratory to get various soil test done. We are capable of providing our customers agriculture soil testing,soil fertilizer test.

A soil sample must be taken at the right time and in the right way. The tools used, the area sampled, the depth and the correct mix of the sample, the information provided, and packaging all influence quality of the sample.

SOIL ANALYSIS (CHEMICAL)

Soil testing is often performed by commercial labs that offer a variety of tests, targeting groups of compounds and minerals. The advantages associated with local lab is that they are familiar with the chemistry of the soil in the area where the sample was taken. This enables technicians to recommend the tests that are most likely to reveal useful information. 

Parameters:

  • pH
  • Electrical Conductivity
  • Moisture Content
  • Organic Matter
  • Organic Carbon
  • Potassium (K)
  • Dissolved Sulphur
  • Ammonical Nitrogen (NH3)
  • Dissolved Phosphorous (P)
  • Sodium (Na)

SOIL ANALYSIS (MECHANICAL)

The various groups like gravels, sands, silts, clays are termed as soil separates or fractions. The analytical procedure by which the particles are separated into various size groups from the coarsest sand, through silt, to the finest clay is called a mechanical analysis.

Parameters:

  • Standard Penetration Test (SPT)
  • Safe Bearing Capacity (SBC)
  • Direct Shear Test
  • Atterberge Limit Test
  • Proctor Compaction Test
  • Field Moisture Test (FMT)
  • Field Dry Density Test (FDD)  
  • Grain Size Analysis
  • Free Swell Index
  • California Bearing Ratio
  • Triaxial Shear Test 

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