[NAFEX] soil testing
dmnorton at royaloakfarmorchard.com
Fri Dec 30 13:53:52 EST 2005
We do something similar to the larger commercial farm, except without the
GPS, etc.. We have 2 main orchards of 11,000 trees covering about 100 acres
total which you can see at
http://www.royaloakfarmorchard.com/pdf/upickguide.pdf. Each 50 acre parcel
is divided into zones for soil testing and irrigation. We have a total of
12 zones, each 50 acre parcel with 6 zones each. We take soil samples from
each zone as well as leaf samples and send them to
http://www.algreatlakes.com/main.asp for analysis. They give us our
analysis by zone and we then follow their recommendations.
Royal Oak Farm Orchard
----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas Olenio" <tolenio at sentex.net>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, December 30, 2005 8:13 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] soil testing
> Hi Jim,
> When dealing with 1-1/2 acre how many soil tests do you do?
> On a more modern, commercial farm many soil samples would be taken in a
> grid format, the soil test results fed into an onboard tractor computer,
> and a GPS system would guide the tractor through the tested area, blending
> fertilizer specific for each grid point, as per the soil test results.
> What is optimal soil testing for the rest of us?
> On Fri, 30 Dec 2005 08:05:45 -0600, Jim Fruth <jfruth at uslink.net> wrote:
>> Since I earn my livelihood off only 1-1/2 acre, I double-crop
>> and have yet to observe any detrimental effects. One word of caution
>> though: before double-cropping, be sure your soil fertility level is
>> up to 'snuff.' I have a soil analysis done every year.
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