Fall is in the air, and hundreds of photos of changing landscape colors are being shot every day. Clemson University experts say pictures that growers should focus on this season are those that give a clearer vision of their soils’ health.
Clemson Ag Service Lab tests different types of Soil
Soil tests can help by giving snapshots of soil fertility. These tests are available from the Clemson Agricultural Service Laboratory.
“Fall and winter are the best times for growers to have their soils tested,” said Shannon Alford, Ag Service Laboratory director. “Testing now gives growers plenty of time to get their soils ready for spring planting.”
Soil tests run at $6 per sample. The basic soil test provides information regarding soil pH, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and more. Growers who test now have plenty of time to apply lime, fertilizer and other nutrients needed to grow profitable crops in the spring.
To collect soil samples:
• Place the sub-samples in a clean plastic bucket and mix thoroughly.
• Do not heat a moist soil sample to dry. Spread soil out on newspaper and let air dry overnight. Crumble and mix before it hardens.
• Shipping samples to 171 Old Cherry Road, Clemson, SC 29634, via the U.S. Postal Service, United Parcel Service or FedEx.
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