Now Is the Time to Be Soil Sampling

Posted On September 22, 2017— Written By
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The time is upon us to be taking soil samples and with prospects for marginal profits in grain crops it is important that we supply the nutrients that our crops need. The way we determine what our crops need is by soil sampling. If for what ever reason you are unable to take soil samples yourself, it would pay you to hire someone  else to take your samples.
Soil sampling has several benefits. They include the following:
  • Soil sampling helps you to determine if your soil has adequate plant nutrients to meet the needs of your crops
  • If the soil has ample amounts of all the plant nutrients, then money can be saved, but if it is determined that plant nutrients are needed, they can be provided so that yields are not limited by inadequate nutrition
  • By supplying only the nutrients that are needed as determined by the soil samples, we can prevent excess nutrients that could potentially get into our surface and ground water

One other task that can be taken care of when soil sampling is taking soil samples for nematodes. Nematodes are microscopic worms that can damage our crops. By taking extra cores of soil when soil sampling, you can submit a soil sample for plant nutrients (one pint of soil) as well as for nematodes (one quart of soil). There is a charge for nematode samples. If you do not want to spend the money to take nematode samples for all your fields, then take nematode samples of those fields that have areas with stunted plants or not growing like they should. The soil and nematode samples are analyzed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Agronomic Services located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Extension Centers of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service have the materials such as boxes and information sheets that you need to submit soil and nematode samples. The Pasquotank County Center is located at 1209 McPherson Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 and our telephone number is (252) 338-3954.

soil probe

One of the key tools needed to take soil samples is the soil sampling probe.