If you think about it, soil is much like the human body. Nutrients for the soil, which are necessary for plant health, come from fertilizer and other inputs. Nutrients for our bodies come from the food that we eat. Both our bodies and the soil need nutrients like potassium, carbon, oxygen, phosphorus, and iron to be healthy. These nutrients, plus many more, are required in different amounts and at different times to achieve optimal health.
Regular soil health check-ups for optimal soil health.
For health check-ups you go to a medical professional for advice. The doctors may do a physical exam or perform some blood tests to check out what might be going on inside your body. The professional evaluates the results of the tests and then gives you recommendations on how to improve your overall health.
Just like regular health check-ups with your doctor help to prevent illiness, annual soil health check-ups ensure optimal soil health.
We all know it’s smarter and more proactive to see a professional before we develop any issues to avoid illness, but typically if it isn’t apparent that there is something wrong, we assume that there isn’t.
The outside appearance of your soil may give no indication of issues brewing beneath the surface. Just as taking care of our bodies helps prevent illness and deficiencies, a proactive approach to maintaining soil health supports crop quality and yield, avoiding the need for costly corrections in the future.
More frequent soil testing can save money and improve profits.
Annual soil testing and the resulting soil analysis data provide the information needed to maintain optimal soil and plant health. They serve as a sort of roadmap, guiding us toward the right amounts of the right inputs at the right time. With annual soil testing, inputs can be applied much more efficiently, saving you money by avoiding unnecessary applications, improving yields, and protecting your most valuable asset—your land.
Maintaining soil health is an ongoing process.
Yes, regular blood tests and exams give us information about the best ways to achieve and sustain a healthy body, but it doesn’t end there. It often takes time to correct issues and ongoing care to maintain optimal health. For better or for worse, the actions you took with your soil in previous years will have an impact on today’s soil health and fertility. There’s no single magic formula for soil health. Each geographic area, each farm, and even each field is different and has different needs. While achieving and maintaining soil health is an ongoing process, it’s well worth the investment for long-term success and profitability.
Just as your body requires a myriad of nutrients in varying amounts at different times to remain healthy and function properly, so does your soil. Ensuring the correct amounts of nutrients are available to plants at critical growth stages, we can support healthier crops and robust yields.
The agronomists at SoilRight partner with you for the long term to achieve soil and plant health. As always, we’re in the business of providing excellent advice, not selling products. Request your free consultation today to see how SoilRight can help improve your bottom line.