Taking the Soil Samples
The soil sampling process is of particular importance. It should be planned well and processed as follows:
Site compounded of 3 soil types
Soil sampling wrong
Soil sampling correct
Time of Soil Sampling
Soil samples can be taken anytime for urgent questions or problems.
To assess soil fertility the soil should be in dynamic equilibrium. Dynamic equilibrium establishes 6 to 8 weeks after every measure (e.g. tillage, input of mineral/organic substances). Favorable times for soil sampling are often before resp. after harvesting (before stubble breaking!) or in spring.
The soil shouldn’t be too wet, the moisture content should allow driving on the soil.
Temporary Storage of Soil Samples
If it’s not possible to ship the sample immediately it has to be stabilized as follows:
- Sample closed in the freezer (storage up to 3 months)
- Sample closed in the fridge (storage up to 1 week)
- Sample open stored in a dust-free, dry room at room temperature (storage up to 1 month. Caution: Pets and rodents may contaminate the sample).
Shipping of the Sample
For shipping close the sample carefully and ship along with the assignment form. Shipping shouldn’t exceed 2 to 3 days. You’re welcome to deliver the samples in person.
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