Basic soil tests, failure to interpret results properly, and poor recommendations - it’s easy to see where we can come unstuck with soil analysis.
Read on to find out how you can register for a free soil consultation with Agronomist, Mark Tripney.
The cost of soil sampling really is small compared to the potential benefits that detailed sampling can bring to your arable enterprise. To fully determine the state of soil health and structure on your farm, it’s vital to go beyond measuring the basic pH level, phosphorous, potassium, and magnesium concentrations. Using a broad-spectrum analysis that includes calcium, CEC (cation exchange capacity) and micronutrients will enable an understanding of the balance between key elements within the soil and ensure you are only applying the extra inputs that you really need.
You almost always need Calcium
Your soil pH might be at the target of 6.5, but it could still be short of Calcium and not adequately supplying your forage with this essential nutrient. Every year large amounts of Calcium are lost to various processes, including crop off-take, but by far the biggest losses relate to the use of inorganic fertilisers and leaching. Calcium is therefore a nutrient which must feature in all nutrient plans, every year.
Optimise your fertiliser use
In a world where we are trying to minimise inputs on farm, using fertiliser in the most efficient way is a goal for all farmers. However, if soil pH levels fall below pH 6, nutrients are locked up and fertiliser is wasted. Alongside this, fertiliser isn’t a cheap input, and wasted fertiliser is wasted money.
Soil at pH 6 can waste almost 20% of your fertiliser application – ensuring your soil has an adequate Calcium supply costs a lot less than wasting 20% of your fertilizer!
A case study conducted on the use of Calcifert Lime on grassland silage in Scotland, saw a spend of £1,440 on the product over two years, lead to increased silage bale production equating to a profit of £5,760 over the same period. This represents a return of 4:1 on the farm’s initial investment.
• Get a detailed soil test
• Interpret the results correctly, get advice from an agronomist to help you understand the results.
• Tailor your fertiliser application every year
• Choose a good quality liming material
Win a free 30-minute soil consultation
To help you get the most from your soil analysis, we are offering five 30-minute soil consolations with Technical Consultant and Agronomist, Mark Tripney.
Follow the link below to book a session with Mark, and receive unbiased advice on how to improve the condition of your soil.
Please note, these sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis.