Soil Sampling Process

The procedure of soil sampling plays an important role in the process of soil testing. If the soil sample is not taken properly then it may greatly affect the results of the soil test.
The correct procedure of soil sampling is:
* Use a soil-sampling probe, an auger, a spade or shovel to take the soil sample. Tools must be rust-resistant.

* Use the soil-sampling tools to take soil samples from 10–15 cm beneath the top layer of soil in the cultivation area. Take small, equal volume of soil from each sub-sampling site to obtain composite size. The samples should not be collected from near the water channels, field paths and heaps of crop straw, stubbles, manure, fertilizers etc.
* Take more soil-samples from different spots on the farm in a random zig-zag manner.

* Mix all these soil samples together on a clean cloth or in a clean bucket. Any bucket or cloth that has previously been in contact with fertilisers must not be used.
* Now dry the soil sample in shade (away from sunlight) before sending it to the laboratory for testing.
The practice and use of soil testing has now become widely accepted in agri-business both by farmers and industry. Soil testing has many benefits like;
* It increases productivity by identifying soil nutrients or soil chemical factors that are limiting plant growth;
* Increases fertilizer use efficiency by indicating appropriate rates for different soils and crops;
* Protects the environment by preventing over-use of fertilizers.
A lot of government & private soil testing labs are being setup across India & world where you can get your soil tested and also know the crop-specific fertilizer recommendation for your farm based on the soil testing results. Start your own Soil Testing Lab with Plantris today. Contact us to know more.