MINNEAPOLIS — There is no question that regular soil sampling to determine the fertility of a field is essential. Guiding fertilizer applications based on soil test results ensures adequate nutrient availability for the crop and minimizes overapplication of fertilizers, which can damage the environment and reduce your return on the investment. Given the relatively low cost of analysis compared to fertilizer cost, taking soil samples is one of the most profitable decisions you can make, but it is important to collect the samples correctly.
In the short video below, Extension soil fertility specialist Fabian Fernandez walks you through how to take soil samples for your farm, yard, or garden.
- Understanding the soil test report
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- What is the best soil test option for phosphorus?
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- How to get the most out of spring soil sampling
- Using soil tests to effectively manage P and K
- U of M fertilizer recommendations by crop
Support for Minnesota Crop News nutrient management videos is provided by the Agricultural Fertilizer Research & Education Council (AFREC).
— University of Minnesota Extension
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