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Sampling Techniques for Soil and Plant Tissue
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Soil: Field & Row Crops

Samples are collected from the top 12 inches of soil with a soil probe. A shovel can be used if care is taken to assure a good vertical representation of the 0 to 12 inch profile.

Results will vary widely if soil amendment or fertilizer injection bands become part of the sample. It is best to avoid these bands or take a high number of random samples.

Nutrients are often better evaluated by petiole or leaf samples because root-depth and position of residual fertilizer levels vary, changing the amount of nutrients available to the plant. Tissue sampling will determine what the plant is absorbing; see Plant Tissue.

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