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What is soil testing?

The issue:

Soil testing is a management tool which gives a measure of soil fertility and conditions. Incorrect soil sampling techniques can produce misleading results.

The impact:

Sub-optimal soil conditions can reduce dry matter production and livestock production. Soils tests allow you to identify what may be limiting production and invest in appropriate inputs.

The opportunity:

Accurate soil analysis allows decisions to be made with confidence.

Managing soil fertility and conditions are essential for good pasture and crop growth. Testing soils regularly can help identify if there are components of the soil limiting production. Test results can then be used to plan applications of fertiliser and ameliorants, such as lime and gypsum that can
help optimise productivity, profitability and sustainability. Tests can also identify soils which don’t require inputs. 

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