Soil testing time is here

Published 10:00 pm Friday, August 15, 2014

Late summer is the perfect time to take soil samples for testing. Why? Well there are several reasons.
First the time between mailing your samples and receiving the test results is reduced dramatically. Samples sent now are normally processed in less than two weeks.
A second and perhaps more important reason is the timing factor. When soil samples are taken in late summer, the results are available to allow landowners and growers to apply whatever lime and nutrients are needed. Fall applications of lime are extremely beneficial.
“We really should think of soil testing like going for your annual check-up at the doctor,” said Ethan Henderson, Agricultural Agent for Polk County. “Soil test results help inform property owners what lime and nutrients are needed. If you have done a good job in the past, the results may recommend a reduction in the lime and fertilizer needed and thus save money,” added Henderson.
Soil testing in North Carolina is one of the best values for growers, pastures owners and gardeners.
Participants must package the soil samples for mailing and pay the postage. Soil boxes and forms are available from the Polk County Extension Center in Columbus.
In 2013 the NC Department of Agriculture instituted a sample fee during the months of December through March making August and September a perfect time to participate.

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by Sarah Gottfried

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