Soil Sampling Guide

FutureBeef - Grazing Best Management Practices and The State of Queensland.

Type: PDF
Knowledge level: Introductory

Farm Table says:

Easy to interpret guide on soil sampling from taking the sample in the paddock to understanding the results. Interesting to learn that intensive farming can change the level of soil health a lot quicker than standard pasture systems which can take years to change.

This helpful guide on soil sampling covers the basics of how and why soil testing is conducted. It also covers the various levels of nutrients and explains them in depth so producers can gain a better understanding of interpreting the soil sample results.

Items covered in this article were:

  • Soil sampling
  • Frequency of soil sampling
  • What levels should be tested?
  • Soil collection
  • Soil parameters explained

Key points were as follows:

  • Soil sampling helps producers make management decisions based on the health of soil at a certain point in time.
  • Soil sampling should be done every five years unless it is required to be done more often for specific management reasons.
  • The general nutrients tested in soil sampling are organic carbon, total nitrogen, phosphorus, sulphur, trace elements and cations.
  • Soil collection should be conducted with a soil tube to a depth of 10cm, put all samples from that paddock into a bucket and mix. A sample can then be used from that bucket and sent away for testing.
  • For a full table and explanation on all of the soil testing parameters, click here and see page 5.
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