Soil Health

Soil Health

Soil Health Management

What Is Soil Health Management and Why is it Important?

Soil Consulting, Soil Health

One of the most recent buzz phrases going around agriculture is the term “soil health.” Many involved in agriculture, from input suppliers and equipment companies to media and educators, soil health, has become the new “cu degras” or the pinnacle of accomplishment for agriculture to now consider. Almost appearing as a new discovery, there is much more focus being placed on soil health as the new key to unlocking the power of the soil. However, the study and application of methods to improve soil health is nothing new. Some of the techniques used in enhancing soil health have improved, but the idea is still the same. Read More

soil sampling

Soil Sampling Defined – Discover Your Land’s Elemental Diversity

Soil Consulting, Soil Health, Soil Testing

Throughout the history of the agricultural studies, there has been an emphasis on applying the same scientific methods that are also used in other industries. There have been many successes, but also many failures along the way. Not all scientific applications apply in agriculture due to the earth’s ever changing landscape; it’s a living system after all.

Soil science and specifically soil sampling are one of those areas of agriculture. Many times it makes you scratch your head and wonder, “what the heck happened?” Just when soil scientists feel they have a good grasp on a given action and expectation, something changes. This is what causes the expected results to differ from what was expected. Read More

Grid Soil Sampling

What is Grid Soil Sampling? A Deeper Look

Soil Consulting, Soil Health

For many decades soil sampling for agriculture has been considered an approved practice. With the vast expanse of where crops are grown in the world, different methods have been developed. These methods have been developed through research primarily conducted at universities. One method is called the grid method. Read More

what is zone sampling

Why Use Zone Sampling to Improve Overall Soil Health?

Soil Health, Soil Testing

When soil sampling is combined with zone sampling techniques, you are presented with delineating areas of difference from each other before the sampling process. Also known as “Smart Sampling,” the individual developing the zones requires a great deal of training in order to understand where soils change. Whether the change is soil type, topography, drainage, past farming practices, the direction of applications, and any other criteria that may be pertinent to the needs of the grower.  Read More