Soil Sampling and Precision Ag

soil samplingPrecision Agriculture is the new concept that people are trying to understand. How does soil analysis, sampling, mapping and reporting fit together. Soil sampling is one part of this program.  More and more people are seeing the value in grid sampling their fields and they are getting prepared as we speak.  This was noted yesterday with some activities that occurred at Midwest Laboratories.

  • Yesterday, one company alone picked up 40,000 soil bags. Another company ordered 20,000 soil bags.
  • Another company picked up 500 shipping labels.
  • In addition, 10 individuals opened accounts just yesterday in preparation of conducting soil testing this fall.

Soil Sampling Programs are really taking off and helping growers manage the nutrients in their soil and understand which parts of their fields have sufficient nutrients and where other areas are deficient.

If you are looking for a good site that looks at soil sampling techniques check out this site, Soil Sampling for Precision Agriculture.

If you want information on setting up an account at Midwest Laboratories check out this link, (New Account Setup). Use this link, (New Account Setup for Mobile) if you are using an iPad or Tablet.

With your account, you are able to order supplies like soil bags, boxes and shipping labels.  For more information, contact a Midwest Laboratories Representative today.

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Fall Soil Sampling Supplies

Midwest Labs Soil TestingIt is not that far away. Many clients are already placing orders this week for large volumes of soil bags and shipping labels.

In addition, soil probes are holding steady. Don’t wait too long. Last year our inventory of probes was virtually depleted and manufacturers were several weeks behind on orders.

If you need supplies, grab them today to insure you will have them when you are ready.

If you currently do not have an account, consider signing up today, (New Account Form) so you can take advantage of processes like

  • online supply ordering
  • access to all testing information 24x 7 online
  • be able to receive data with the Midwest Labs Mobile App -Android and Apple (See Item #5)
  • access to UPS, FEDEX and SPEE-DEE shipping labels*    *Selected Territories
  • access to free soil bags

It is that time of the year, get your supplies today.


Soil Testing

With the warmer temperatures, more soils are being received.  Some places in the country are trying to maximize the nutrients in their soil.

One order was receive today for 15 soil probes. It is never too late to test your soil and know the nutrient value in the soil.

Get your order in today for your soil sampling supplies!  Over 3,000 soils received yesterday, for analysis today.


Soil Testing Season Extended

Soil Testing

With the cool temperatures and heavy rains,  a number of clients are slowly getting into their fields to begin planting.  Last year at this same date almost 70% of the crop was planted. This year, maybe 30%.  As a result, we are starting to see growers waiting till the last possible moment to analyze their soil.  Some are putting their crop in and sampling their fields soon after.  Others are trying to sample their soils while it is still too wet to begin planting.

In any case, each year people are continually looking to maximize their crops and understanding the nutrient value in their soil.  This information is vital as part of a soil/plant nutrient management plan.

I have talked personally to growers and samplers and it appears that the soil conditions are so different depending on what part of the country you are in from extreme drought in Oklahoma, Texas and parts of Kansas to wet conditions in Illinois and Tennesse. It should make for an interesting season.

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