Why did I create the SPA (Soil Profile Assessment) test and report ?

I realized after a few years that my job was more about trouble shooting and come up with solutions and programs, not only taking soil, water, tissue samples and look at soil, tissue and water chemistry reports. With this in mind I needed to create a test where I could get as much information as possible and figure out the issues and also be able to explain to my clients what was going on and how we cold attack the problem or fine tune a program. After 2 years playing around I got my "SPA"  Soil Profile Assessment report done....

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Why Soil Sample

Why do you need a soil test?? When turfmanagers or growers guess about the need for lime or fertilizers, too little or too much is likely to be applied. By using a soil test report, the grower or turfmanager does not need to guess. Being aware of whats going on in your soil will help you make confident decisions   A soil test is a process by which elements (phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, sulfur, manganese, copper and zinc) are chemically removed from the soil and measured for their "plant available" content within the sample. The quantity of available nutrients in the sample determines...

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Soil Organic Matter Important?

Benefits of Soil Organic Matter (SOM)1) SOM is a slow release form of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur for plant nutrition and microbial growth.2) SOM has considerable waterholding capacity and thereby helps to hold water in soil.3) SOM buffers against changes in pH or acidity of a soil.4) SOM's dark color enhances absorption of energy from the sun and helps to warm soils.5) Organic materials are the cement that hold clay and silt particles together, thus contributing to the granular or crumb structure of the soil, resulting in both a more porous soil, and greater resistance to erosion, especially erosion by...

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