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[nafex] Re: soil testing
Donna and Don,
Thanks for that soil explanations. My garden beds are about 70
percent organic material, decomposed leaves mostly, very high in
minerals (I believe because a tree draws them up from deep in the
soil.) I had poor growth for the first couple years (I figured it
could be that either the N was tied up or I just had too high a pH)
until I applied sulphur, not knowing that there was a manganese
problem but just wanting to lower the pH. I was told that I would
need to have my soil tested by a specialty tester knowledgeable in
high organic soil testing. Just never bothered since now I am now
getting fantastic health.
Still, horse manure never fails me and I use as much of it as I can,
it doesn't hurt the apple seedlings at all if placed above the roots.
(Best to mulch new manure to keep it from drying out).
zones 3 and 5
> There's an A&L labs in Memphis that does CEC soil testing.
> think A&L has several labs listed on the Net. I was quite
impressed by the
> one test we had done, the results plus Kinsey's book helped
> we had yellow stripes in our corn every year, which didn't respond
> magnesium. When summer came again and the yellow stripes appeared,
> was 6.4, our organic matter was 3.4%, and it was raining like hell.
> high organic matter and high moisture add up to a prescription for
> deficiency. I couldn't do much about the rain or organic matter,
> coop didn't stock manganese. So I threw some sulfur around to
> pH, and the corn greened right up. Other problems we might have
> like low boron, and high magnesium, were confirmed by the test. I
> it was great value for money, especially when I looked at the tests
> friend had paid the county $100 for. They were really useless, no
> I figure out how much lime or what kind was needed, or whether
> sufficient NKP, much less trace elements. As you read, Neal Kinsey
> that some counties just use a formula to recommend fertilazer and
> don't actually read the test. Like the guy who got soil tests and
> to lime, then got them again the next year and was told to lime
> screwed up his pH, because they had a blanket recommendation to
> us all know A&L's web address if you find it. Donna H
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