Agrochemical analysis of soil

Description:

Farmers use more and more intensive agricultural technologies, which do not always positively affect the quantity and quality of final products. The financial aspect of agricultural production is especially painful when farmers, due to high prices for expendable and technical resources, do not receive the expected “reward” for their hard work during the season. Because of this, scientists and farmers are looking for alternative approaches and ways to address agronomic issues. During the cultivation of crops, a significant share of costs (up to 25%) is spent on fertilizers.
 The plant supply of mineral nutrients depends both on external factors (content and concentration of salts in the soil solution, its reaction (pH), etc.), and on the biological characteristics of a plant, its chemical makeup, type, and development of the root system, its absorption capacity concerning nutrients. Of course, it is necessary to conduct an agrochemical analysis of the soil for the correct determination of fertilizer rates and types. Conducting soil analysis regularly will allow:

  • to differentiate fertilizer application. Redistribution of fertilizers between zones of inhomogeneities can promote the uniformity of yield in the field;
  • to figure out the limiting factor. It may be enough to eliminate the lack of just one element to increase yields significantly;
  • to use the right fertilizers. Knowing what is in the soil, you don’t have to apply nutrients that are already in excess. That’s how you can optimize fertilizer costs.
  • to determine the right time of fertilizer application. Some certain soil indicators can signal the need for fractional fertilization;
  • to apply the most effective types of fertilizers.