For the Future of Farming

Forage & Arable Analytical Services

The importance of soil analysis

Good crop production often requires the application of lime and fertiliser. Soil testing enables you to find out the makeup of your soil and helps you determine how much lime and fertiliser you need to apply to maximise production

Basic soil analysis of pH, Phosphorus, Potassium and Magnesium will give you some very important factors to support your crop.

Soil testing

Basic soil testing is important because:-

  • pH – Correct pH for optimum plant growth and uptake of nutrients
  • Nitrogen - If soil pH is under optimum, Nitrogen uptake can be reduced by up to 50%
  • Low Phosphorus = poor root development , poor use of nutrients
  • Low Potassium = poor transport and utilisation of nutrients and poor growth

Soil pH

The importance of forage soil analysis

The table to the right shows that if the soil pH and the soil is the correct and consistent temperature then the uptake of nutrients is greater and when applying fertiliser the plant is utilising all of the nutrients to maximum benefit.

ForFarmers can offer a soil health report which includes measures for soil pH, available phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, soil particle size distribution and soil organic matter.

Growers should consult a FACTS qualified adviser in order to receive professional advice with respect to correcting any soil nutrient imbalance.

For more information on soil analysis please contact your local ForFarmers account manager or the Forage & Arable customer service team on 0845 070 6280