Spring is here ... and what’s that mean for farmers?!?!
Well ....... at Wieczorek Farms, LLC , we’re already planning and gearing up for the 2021 season to start!!
For us Hay Farmers or I like to call us “Grass Farmers” these days ... because really that’s what we are ... growing grass not just to harvest hay but also growing grass for livestock too!!
And I’ll be real blunt - Jason’s pretty darn good at it ... but like anything - there’s always room for improvement !!!
In true fashion - it was spur of the moment because it wasn’t raining ... even if I had other things on my to do list. We spent Monday morning for several hours driving to our different fields soil sampling & checking on the progress of the growth.
So WHY soil sample?!?!
Soil sampling is important as it; Measures the nutrients that are left in your field following harvest. Tells you which nutrients are lacking or are in excess throughout the soil in a field. Helps you determine the most favorable fertilizer plan to increase or maintain yields for the following year....
Every area is different when it comes to soil types and nutrient contents in soil. Soil sampling and testing can show you the plant available nutrients and other soil chemical factors important for winter wheat production.
Nutrient levels in soil also vary from year to year, so it is important to perform soil sampling and testing prior to planting any new crop. It is important for farmers to follow certain recommended steps for soil sampling and testing to develop a fertility management program.
To ensure accurate results, standards must be set for performing soil sampling and testing. Here are some guidelines that we suggest around the farm -
Begin by evaluating each field to determine representative areas
Major areas within fields that have distinctly different soil properties, such as texture, should be sampled and fertilized as separate fields because of the potential for different nutrient requirements
Samples should be taken at 0.6, 6 to 12, and 12 to 24 inch depths from 15 to 20 locations within each field
Each depth should be bulked into composite samples, air dried, and sent to a reputable soil testing lab - we choose to use MidWest Laboratories
To learn more about your own soil please feel free to call or write to either Jason or Kayla to get more information out of your dirt!
📺 watch the whole VLOG dropping later on Sunday afternoon & with a follow up video later in the week as we get our soil samples back & make a plan of action on applying fertilizer and possible seed analysis. Stick around! You might just learn a few things 😉
Have a blessed day - remember to pray daily & support your local community in all ways! 💚
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