Soil sampling is an integral part of a strong soybean management program, according to Andy Wycislo, Midwest region agronomist for Waypoint Analytical. Illinois is made up of a variety of different soils, and each type of soil has different characteristics that influence the success of the crops that grow in it. Soil sampling can indicate what the soil needs and doesn’t need, and growers can learn how to get the most out of each growing season by learning more about the soils on their farm.
Consistency is key for taking soil samples.
Make sure all samples are at a consistent depth.
Always test during the same season, as nutrients can fluctuate throughout the year.
Aim for testing soil every four years, more often if they’re sandy soils.
Send samples to a quality lab that offers micronutrient analysis.
1 CEU in Nutrient Management is available for this webinar. Visit the Certified Crop Adviser website to self-report your credit after viewing the webinar recording.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and government relations efforts, while the membership program, Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) and the Illinois Soybean Growers PAC actively advocates for positive and impactful legislation for farmers at local, state and national levels. ISA upholds the interests of Illinois soybean farmers through promotion, advocacy, research and education with the vision of becoming a trusted partner of Illinois soybean farmers to ensure their profitability now and for future generations.