Reasons to have your soil tested this spring
Did you know that one pound of phosphorus from excessive fertilization can produce anywhere from 300 to 500 pounds of algae if that phosphorus reaches a lake or river?
Reducing excessive fertilization is just one of the reasons to have your soil tested as the weather warms up this spring.
Megan Lennon, soils specialist at the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), said there are other benefits to having soil tested, including knowing which fertilizer to buy and ensuring optimal soil fertility with proper fertilization use.
The University of Minnesota Soil Testing Lab offers quick and inexpensive soil testing services. Soil test reports provide information on soil pH, soil texture, percent of organic matter, macro nutrient levels and fertilizer recommendations.
Fertilizer recommendations are based on land use, soil characteristics, crop nutrient requirements and are specific to Minnesota locations and conditions.
For more information on how to get your soil tested, call (612) 625-3101 or visit soiltest.cfans.umn.edu/.