Ag Tips: THE BENEFITS OF SOIL SAMPLING



It’s become no surprise that farmers and growers in the Central Valley are facing more regulatory challenges than ever before. Today's regulatory and environmental pressures are pushing farmers to be more aware of inputs and outputs of their operation. It would almost be considered essential in today’s agricultural landscape to use a Certified Professional. Sentry Ag Services’ account managers and agronomists are present in the sampling process from beginning to end. The benefits of the process is to utilize the results to maximize yields and increase profits for their clients. Read along as Sentry Ag Services gives us some tips on the beneficial impact soil sampling has on your crop!


1. KNOW YOUR SOIL:

Soil sampling is an important process to conduct in order to maintain a healthy soil. Healthy soil can hold more water, have an increased nutrient availability for plant uptake, and it has adequate organic matter which helps suppress disease organisms. Ultimately, healthy soil can maximize yields and increase profits. Growers should take a soil sample on each field, annually, to monitor changes in soil nutrients on permanent crops. This also helps in preparing the soil's needs for annual crops. Make sure to time your soil samples to be taken at the same point in your crop rotation each year for consistency.


2. CONSULT A CERTIFIED CROP ADVISOR:

Crop advisors will assist with interpretation of your results and provide recommendations. They'll be able to measure the nutrients in your field and inform you of what's lacking and what's in excess throughout the soil. Their expertise can help you determine the most favorable fertilizer plan to increase or maintain yields for your crop!


3. TAKE THE FIRST STEP IN MAINTAINING THE HEALTH OF YOUR SOIL:

Soil sampling can reveal your crop’s soil fertility deficiencies as well as provide a roadmap for reducing your production costs, resulting in increasing your yields. Soil sampling is the first step to rejuvenating and maintaining healthy soil. It is also a key take in preventing surface and groundwater pollution. Some of the main components being tested are Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, pH, as well as other constituents that measure salinity and the availability of nutrients in the soil.



Our affiliate, Sentry Ag Services, is an Agronomic and Environmental-based company that ensures regulatory compliance to the Agricultural Industry throughout the Central Valley of California. Their sampling protocol sets them apart as they continue to follow Agronomic Guidelines. Count on them to be hands on and personally review results to ensure accurate and reliable information that will stand as a handy tool in your process.


Sentry Ag Services provides a wide selection of services such as:

Government Funding, County Compliance (including permitting), Site Inspection, Representation and Correspondence with Regulatory Agencies, Certified Nutrient Management Plans, Nutrient Budget by Licensed Agronomists, Regular Site Visits with Record Keeping, and Annual Reporting with Quality Control.



Give Sentry Ag Services a call today at (559) 303-2819 or visit their website to learn more about how they can help you with Regulatory and Environmental Compliance!

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