with Austin Delano | R&D for BioLogic
Right now, you need to be taking soil samples whether you’re in the North or South. The soil samples will tell you if the places where you will be planting your green fields will need lime, how much lime they need, what brand of fertilizer you need, and how much lime and fertilizer to put out per acre for the green field you’re planning to plant. I really believe that the most-overlooked yet easiest thing for a hunter or a landowner to do that dramatically can increase the yield on the crop planted for wildlife is to take a soil sample and send it off to be analyzed. You can save money by adding the ingredients your soil needs and not adding other ingredients that the soil doesn’t require. If you follow the advice from your soil test, this advice will cause your fertilizer to work better, especially if you have to add in lime.
One question I’m often asked is, “What’s the best way to take a soil sample from each field we plan to plant?” The first thing to do is to name the field. Each field on a piece of property may require different amounts of lime and various types of fertilizer. Next, stir the dirt up well in four sections of the field, 2-6 inches deep. Use a small shovel to take soil samples from all four corners of the field, and put them in a 5-gallon bucket. Also, take the same size soil sample from the middle of the field. Go to our website at www.plantbiologic.com. Click on soil on the left-hand side of the page, click on download our soil test found at the bottom right-hand side of the page, fill out the information, put the sample in a ziploc bag, put the bag into a padded envelope, send to the address on the page you’ve filled out, and include $7.50 for the test. Once you send in the soil test, within 24 hours, you can get a report back that tells you how much lime and fertilize to use, and what type of fertilizer to put out for the specific green field planting that you intend to use in that field. The soil test is the least-expensive part of planting a green field; yet it can help give you the best results.