Example Soil Test Report (Horticultural Crops)

The Example Soil Test Reports are in exactly the same format as the one you received in the mail from the University of Minnesota Soil Testing Laboratory. One example contains recommendations for an established perennial fruit crop, grapes, and the other example contains recommendations for three annual vegetable crops: sweet corn, cabbage, and tomatoes. The reports cover two very different situations and our discussion of them should be useful to you in understanding your own report no matter what type of crops you are growing. You will probably find it helpful to open the Example Reports now and print copies, so that you can refer to them as we go through their various parts. Example Soil Test Report – Grapes (PDF), Example Soil Test Report – Vegetables (PDF)

The University of Minnesota Soil Test Report contains five sections that we will go through in the same order as they appear in the report:

  1. Header
  5. Comments and Notes

The Header, INTERPRETATION OF SOIL TEST RESULTS, SOIL TEST RESULTS, and RECOMMENDATIONS sections are on the first page of the Soil Test Report . The Comments section is on a separate page and is included with the Example Report. It lists 25 explanatory comments that may be noted by number in the RECOMMENDATIONS section. In addition there is a separate document, “Notes for Horticultural, Turf, and Wild Rice Crops”, that is sent to growers of these crops. The Notes pages list 16 additional comments that may be referred to by number in the same location in the RECOMMENDATIONS section as the Comments. For this exercise you can access the Notes pages and print copies to refer to at: Notes for Horticultural, Turf, and Wild Rice Crops (.doc)