What do all of those Metals mean on my soil report. I saw a great post today from Calcium Products that gives a quick explanation of metals and their affect on plants. Here is quick checkoff. Please use this information when referring to data collected on your plants and soils. Thanks again Craig Dick – Calcium Products
Boron | Necessary for cell wall formation.
Calcium | Needed to fight diseases.
Nitrogen | Essential for amino acid formation…too much can delay flowering and fruiting
Magnesium | Necessary for producing carbohydrates, sugars and fats
Carbon | Essential to converting cholophyl into sugar and for plant respiration
Potassium | Necessary for keeping nutrients flowing in the sap
Sulfur | Is a natural disease fighter
Zinc | Essential for carbohydrate metabolism, protein synthesis and (stem growth)
Manganese | Involved with enzyme activity for photosynthesis, respiration and nitrogem metabolism
With today’s snow, is soil testing really appropriate. With the correct techniques it is doable. I came across an article, ” Soil Test this Fall to Jump Start Fertility in 2010| by Dan Froehlich, Director of Agronomy, The Mosaic Company and he has written a very good article on soil testing.
Soils, Soils, Soils – Growers are wanting their soils tested in the month of November.
21,127 soils received in one day. Yesterday, the soils kept coming and coming off of the trucks. Over 850 boxes. This is only soils. With the late harvest and samplers trying to get into fields while its dry, clients are scrambling during the month of November to get their soil tested to determine the current state of their ground.
At Midwest Laboratories research and development continues all the time to help facilitate the process of analyzing soils and producing results in a timely manner. The turnaround time for a volume this large is three to four days. 80% of the samples received yesterday will be reported out on Thursday, November 19, 2009 with the remaining soils being reported out on Friday, November 20, 2009.
Those of you who are sending in multiple soil samples to be tested, make sure you are maximizing your money by sending your samples with an authorized return service label. Midwest Laboratories offers shipping labels which allow clients to send in 50lbs of soils for a set price between $7-8.00 depending on the carrier. This is an extremely cost effective way to save money on shipping.
In addition, growers can instantly have 25 soil bags and a shipping label sent to them for free by filling out the information on the Midwest Laboratories eStore Promotion.
Also, with an account at Midwest Laboratories, you will receive additional savings with respect to supplies and analysis.
Midwest Laboratories received over 20,000 soil samples today. With the late harvest and shortened soil sample season, numbers like these could be expected. A large number of sample bags, boxes and return shipping labels have been sent out this fall. More samples are expected to come in over the next few weeks.