Benefits of Soil Fertility Sampling
Soil is the beating heart of your business and the health of that soil can be the deciding factor in your client’s success.
Soil sampling is important for any farm operation as it allows the grower to maintain and monitor their soil fertility. A regularly scheduled soil sampling program will help apply crop nutrients where they are needed following a 4R nutrient stewardship program while maximizing your input investment on every acre.
Types of Soil Fertility Sampling
Bulk soil sampling begins with dividing the field into broad regions. Within each region, several soil cores are taken and combined together as one sample per region. We offer 10 ac. 25 ac. and 50 ac Bulk soil sampling.
Standard grid soil sampling uses site-specific locations to collect multiple soil samples throughout the field.
Your field will be divided into 1 ac. 2.5 ac. 5 ac or custom size grid pattern, and a separate soil sample will be collected from each grid point.
Polygons/Zones are created based on historical yield data, UAV, or soil imagery, analyzed based on the unique characteristics of the soil. We offer 2.5 ac. 5 ac. or 10 ac polygons. This soil sampling consists of either multiple cores across one zone combined together as one sample, or multiple like-soils from different zones combined together as one sample.
Enhance your decision-making by exploring soil mapping. Soil mapping offers the most in-depth look at your soil. Deveron utilizes a number of different tools and methods to provide our clients with a wide variety of individual soil mapping layers including SoilOptix® and Veris® technologies.
Soil Sampling FAQs
A: Fertility – we strive for 5-10 days from order to collection and soil results received from lab and delivered to client.
Carbon – we can be in the field collecting within a week of jobs being ordered. Depending on the size of the project, length of time to collect varies. Soil Results can be delivered back to client within 60-90 days of collection.
A: Results can be sent to you via a CSV or PDF via email.
In some regions, results can be accessed through an online portal
A: OM, pH, Buffer pH, CEC, P, K, Mg, Ca, K%, Mg%, CA%
A: In the U.S: Upper Midwest (MN, SD, IA, WI, IN, MO, IL) we also have coverage in (KS, AR, MS, TN, OH, MI)
In Canada: The maritimes (P.E.I, NS, NB), Ontario, western Quebec, southern Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Please also refer to Our Network map to view where our business locations are and our coverage map.
A: We sample fertility at 6” and have the capability to go down to 24″ with options to sample to 3′ (1-meter)
A: Grid, Zone, Bulk, Carbon, Nitrate, Soybean Cyst Nematode, SoilOptix, Veris Cart, Tissue sampling
A: Soil sampling can tell you a lot about what is happening in the field. It can tell you what the nutrient levels are in various zones/polygons throughout the farm. It can answer questions on yield impact and how much fertilizer do you actually need to put down and where. Depending on the level of sampling being completed you can see what your macronutrients, micronutrients and even water holding capacity, just to name a few.
A: Grid sampling on the larger scale can start to capture some variability and produce an overall nutrient level of a field by section but it is hard to narrow down specific nutrient levels by soil characteristic. Grid sampling can average test results across dissimilar soil types, mixing soils that should be kept separate and is also susceptible to mixing uneven fertilizer applications or a variety of other environmental factors. For instance, one grid could have a mix of sand and clay soil. The test results would average the nutrient amounts across that block and lead to a misapplication of fertilizer based on the soil type.
Polygon soil sampling is done to obtain a better understanding of the variability of the field. It also uses the information gathered to determine the specific nutrient levels per polygon area and which ones need adjustments. It is important to ensure that each sampling area is uniform and separate from areas that are obviously different.
A: For fertility we use a number of softwares. We can work with the client if they have a preferred platform.
In Canada we work in Sirrus (Proagrica) and Agrian.
In the US we work in Sirrus, EFC and CropTrak.
A: Depending on the amount of travel required to the fields or in between fields, we can sample 300-400 acres per day for 2.5 ac grid and up to 1000-1200 acres per day for bulk sample, this varies depending on size of field.
A: Yes we do driven boundary mapping and perimeter mapping. Perimeter mapping is used for dyke systems, berms, harvested crop (tobacco, sod, etc). We are exploring utilizing drone RTK for boundary mapping.