This time of year, the soil extraction laboratory is working to capacity. Many individuals are busy scooping and extracting samples to be read for soil nutrients, organic matter and soil pH. It takes a well-coordinated team and quality checks along the way to insure proper analysis is ocurring. Analysis are run against known samples periodically throughout the process to make sure results stay consistent. In addition, known pH standards are also checked many times throughout the process to maks sure insturments are reading values correctly.
For more information, check out this overview of the soil extraction process.
It is all about getting results to clients so they have the information necessary for making decisions regarding planting crops and applying fertilizer. Knowing the makeup of your soil is the key to making good decisions in the future.