Soil test / analysis

Discussion in 'Habitat Improvement' started by cedar ridge, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. cedar ridge

    cedar ridge 6 pointer

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    I’m sure it’s been posted on here before but didn’t see it when I searched. Who does everyone use for soil tests? I’m in Bowling Green / farm is in Cave City.
     
  2. carnivore

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    Your county extension office
     
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    I mostly use whitetail institute, where i buy my seed. Fast turn around. Have used SS before.
     
  4. GoneHunting

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    That is where Ive had mine done, great people to work with and you cant beat the price.
    Results in less than a week from UK.
    They provided me the soil probe and soil bags as well as instructions.
     
  5. Drahts

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    www.grandparayoutdoors.com

    If you use them they can also give you the fertilizer recommendations for what you tell them you intend to plant in each field.
     
  6. GoneHunting

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    Same as your County extension office/UK.
    Just fill out your paper work informing them of the crops you intend to plant.
     
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    But they won't work with you to build a 3 or 5 year plan that provides the forages you want and still builds your soil. But each person has something they are looking to do different than the other and there is no one way to do it.
     
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  8. cedar ridge

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    Thanks guys. Should have mentioned that I had considered the County extension office (and may still go that route) but was more looking for another option. These suggestions will help. Appreciate the input.
     
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    So far, I’ve planted winter wheat, oats, Austrian winter peas, Whitetail Institute Winter Greens, red clover, white clover, ladino clover, sunflowers, iron clay peas, and buckwheat in the 5 years that I’ve been planting. I’ve had pretty decent success but I still want to know what specific needs I have in each of my 7 (and very different soil type) fields. Would like to give soybeans and alfalfa a try, potentially, but really just want to make sure my soil is as healthy as it can be.
     
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    Sounds nice. I put much work into my flower beds before planting, considering such to be of utmost importance. Your sunflowers, I read that nobody knows why they face east after maturity, but such is thought to be in order to avoid sun scorch. Just another intriguing mystery, I guess. Good luck with your soil tests.
     
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    Lots of interesting info there. Had tons of them make flowers two years ago. They were beautiful and I had all kinds of birds when they went to seed. This past year I only planted them in a field or two. The deer discovered them as a delicacy and I didn’t have even one plant reach the flowering stage. Gonna try more of them this year anyway.
     
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