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Noble Research Institute Agriculture Testing Services

Posted May 31, 1998

A representative soil sample is of great economic benefit in crop and forage production. Applying a fertilizer or soil amendment that is not needed, excessive, or not enough to reach the intended yield goal is costly.

One of the best ways to eliminate this possibility is with a representative soil sample, which is a mixture of 15 or more cores taken from the production area. With the fall planting season just a couple of months away, now is the time to soil sample the fields that will be planted to crops like wheat, small grains for forage, alfalfa, fescue, ryegrass, legumes, and other fall planted crops. Fields that might need liming should be a priority because of the extra lead time needed to incorporate the liming material.

If you need additional information on how to take a representative soil sample, please call the Agricultural Division and request a free soil sampling video and/or the soil sample entry form that has written instructions with an illustration.

If you would like the Noble Research Institute Agricultural Testing Services to have your samples analyzed and receive fertilizer recommendations by our specialists, please send samples to us in care of "Agriculture Testing Services."

Please remember that the Noble Research Institute does not accept money for testing services and you will be billed directly for testing charges by Ward Laboratory.