Wouldn't you pay $12 to save $100?
and assure the successful food plot at the same time?
Of course you would! And in many of cases, that’s what having your soil tested by a qualified soil-testing laboratory offers, as well as the assurance that your seedbed provides your food plot with optimum growing conditions.
A laboratory soil-test is the only way to make sure growing conditions are optimum - and save money at the same time. All soils are not the same! Soils can vary widely from one food plot to the next even when they’re very close to each other. Differences in how heavy or light the soil is, its percentage of organic matter, levels of nutrients in the soil (“Soil Fertility”) and how well it can “hold” lime activity and nutrients over time are all very important to food-plot success. Knowing what your soil profile is and what you may need to add to the soil to make sure growing conditions are optimum can mean the difference between THE BEST FOOD PLOT YOU CAN IMAGINE AND TOTAL FAILURE.
Only a qualified soil-testing laboratory can
How to Take a Soil Test:
Soil testing is a simple procedure. You will need a plastic bucket, probe, shovel or garden spade and a plastic baggy or soil test bag.
- Using the probe, shovel or spade, take 10 – 12 samples of soil from different parts of your field. Make sure to get at least the top 4 inches of soil as you will be turning over at least this much soil when you disc.
- Put all of the samples in the plastic bucket and mix them together to get a representative sample.
- Put a sample of the mixture in the baggy or soil test bag.
- The sample can be tested by many places including your soil conservation office, extension office, state universities, ag stores or by the Whitetail Institute. The cost of testing each sample should range from $10.00 to $25.00. The Whitetail Institute offers free consulting whether you use our lab or another lab. Call us at 800-688-3030.