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March 5, 2011

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Crop production fields should be sampled at least on a three-year cycle, especially with current fertilizer nutrient costs, says Larry Oldham, Mississippi Extension soils specialist, in a March 3 Mississippi Crop Situation report.

Soil testing, he says, provides information on nutrients in the soil available for plant uptake in the current growing season.

Soil testing programs:

(1) accurately determine the nutrient status of a soil;

(2) convey the seriousness of any nutrient deficiency or excess;

(3) form the basis for fertilization management, including lime programs; and

(4) allow economic assessment of the options.

"Without soil sampling and testing, we do not have an accurate beginning for the nutrient management program," he says.

Read more at Begin the Nutrient Management Season the Right Way.

About the Author(s)


Managing Editor, Delta Farm Press

Ed Phillips, managing editor of Delta Farm Press, is a native Mississippian and had daily/weekly newspaper and magazine experience before joining Farm Press in 1977. He has served in various editorial management positions for the company's farm, equipment, and professional turf management publications.

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