Agronomic Crops

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The first step for a producer in accurately fertilizing a field is to collect a representative soil sample and send it to a laboratory for analysis. After completing the analysis, the laboratory sends the results back to you along with lime and fertilizer recommendations. The second step in accurate and efficient fertilization is to interpret the results correctly. Then you are ready to apply the necessary rates of fertilizer and lime to achieve optimum yields of your crops. The Soil Test Report from the University of Minnesota Soil Testing Laboratory is relatively straightforward, but it contains a lot of information and some technical terminology that can be confusing if you have limited experience using it.

The information here is designed to provide some simple guidelines you can use to effectively interpret your University of Minnesota Soil Test Report. 

Still Have Questions?

Hopefully this information has helped you understand the information contained in your Soil Test Report. If you have additional questions, contact:

Dan Kaiser
612-624-3482
dekaiser@umn.edu