WHY SOIL TESTING IS IMPORTANT?

Did you know that 60% of crop yields depend on soil fertility? Soil is a precious resource that needs to be managed carefully. As a farmer, you can do this by performing soil tests on a regular basis. Want to know more about why testing soil is so important? AgroCares gives you 5 reasons to test your soil.

- Know Your Soil

Soil Testing & Health Card

Knowing exactly what is in your soil is the first place to start when it comes to producing healthy crops.

Different soils have different requirements, therefore your application of nutrients needs to be accurate in order to avoid imbalances that could affect production.

Soil sampling indicates what nutrients your soil needs in order to meet the requirements of a healthy crop growth, as well as acidity or pH level

Gain knowledge about the soil condition and how to improve it

Fertile soils are necessary to grow healthy crops. To improve soil fertility, it needs to be measured first. Soil fertility is determined by the chemical, physical and biological properties of soil. Properties such as soil texture, color, and structure are visible. However, it is impossible to see the chemical composition of the soil. This is what needs to be measured and why soil sampling is essential. Soil tests are used to determine the nutrient content and pH level of soil. With this information, the exact type and quantity of fertiliser that needs to be applied to improve soil fertility can be defined.

Minimise fertiliser expenditures

You will not waste money on unnecessary fertilizers if the exact type and quantity of fertilizers your soil and crops need are known. Fertilizers in general and nutrients such as phosphorus and potassium are limited resources. Their prices are increasing over the years and because this trend is set to last it is clever to adapt now to the inevitable changes.

Avoid over-fertilisation

Applying fertiliser without knowing the actual nutrient needs of your soil might lead to over-fertilisation. By testing your soils and receiving fertiliser recommendations, you can avoid using an excessive amount of fertiliser. This is better for your crops and the environment. Fertiliser burn and leaves turning yellow is the outcome of over-fertilisation for crops.

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