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Filling The Tank for 2020

Dec 18, 2019

Will you be traveling this holiday season? If you answered “yes”, I bet one of the first things you’ll do before you hit the road will be to check your fuel gauge. Having a certain time to arrive at your destination and running out of fuel along the way is sure to set back your travel plans.

When was the last time you check the fuel gauge on important soil nutrients? Running low on nutrients is sure to be a set back in your yield goals for 2020. Late fall all the way into early spring is a great time to test your soils and allow your local ATC agronomist to create a custom nutrient management plan for you. Let us help you fill up the nutrient tank of your soil!

Agri Trails Coop offers 3 different types of soil sampling methods – composite, zone, and grid sampling. Not sure what sampling method fits your operation the best? Let’s break it down a bit and see what each type of sampling has to offer.

Composite sampling involves taking 1 sample to represent an entire field. A composite sample is a good place to start for those who haven’t soil sampled in recent years, or for those growers looking for a starting point to create a nutrient manage plan. Composite sampling can be compared to taking a quick glance at the fuel gauge, are you above or below half a tank?

Zone sampling goes a little more in depth than a composite sample. Using in-season imagery or multiple years worth of yield data, your ATC agronomist can create management zones throughout your field. This typically produces 3-5 zones, depending on how many zones your agronomist recommends. These zones can give a more detailed look into how the fuel gauge on your crop nutrients is looking. Zone sampling can start showing us just how variable a field might be and also allows us to variable rate apply nutrients. How’s the fuel gauge looking now - are we at ¾ tank, ½ tank, or ¼ tank now?

Grid sampling allows us to pinpoint nutrient levels over a 2.5-acre grid map across the entire field. These results work great for those capable of variable rate applying seed and fertilizer. Let’s invest your money where it is most needed in the field, your field doesn’t yield evenly so why fertilize it that way? Grid sampling results also work great when a field needs ag lime to adjust the pH. Don’t run the risk of setting back your yield because your nutrient levels are lacking. Get an exact read on your nutrient fuel gauge and start making a plan to get the tank filled up!
Contact your local ATC agronomist to set up your soil sampling plan today!

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