Are you grid soil sampling or guessing?
Grid soil sampling is essential to profitable agronomic decisions
You may be looking for ways to cut costs in the short-term but soil testing and maintaining good fertility should not be skipped.
Soil sampling is a long-term investment as part of your overall basic agronomy plan to maintain yields that pays you back now and into the future!
Low crop prices prompt many producers to consider areas they can cut to save costs. Here are 3 reasons why soil sampling should never end up on the chopping block:
- Use soil sampling and testing to make rational decisions. Producers should not reduce P or K applications in soils with below optimum nutrient levels. Soil sampling is the only way to accurately measure these levels and avoid the risk of future yield loss due to under-fertilization.
- Watch yield and P & K removal to maintain optimum values. There is a good long-term relationship between P & K removal with harvest and soil-test values. Producers looking to save money by withholding or reducing applications should only consider doing so in specific areas.
- Use a good soil sampling method and variable-rate application. This technology can be used to target application to the most strategic field areas to get the highest possible return when price ratios are unfavorable - but only if you know the variability within each field.
The first step to increase your yields starts with knowing the variability in your fields.
Your SciMax Solutions Specialist uses the latest GPS technology to gather soil samples in 1.6 or 2.5-acre grids. Those samples are sent to our exclusive certified lab where they are thoroughly analyzed. We create a custom recommendation which gives you the right detailed nutrient strategy to maximize your fertilizer investment.