A few weeks ago, we explained three steps for maximizing crop yield with nutrient efficiency. One of those steps was to conduct a soil test to see which nutrients are present in your soil, but may not be currently available to your plants for uptake.
In the audio clip below, Brian Kuehl, director of product development from West Central, explains how a soil extraction test is completed, and how you can find out which nutrients your crops are absorbing:
Using the soil extraction test as described above by Brian, you can find out which nutrients that are already present in your soil are now available for uptake to your plants after using an in-furrow application of the chelating-agent like Levesol™.
Levesol frees up phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese and iron and keeps them from binding with each other or with other components in the soil. This allows the nutrients to remain soluble for uptake. A soil extraction test is a great way to show the benefits of Levesol and how it will work to make more nutrients in your soil and in your fertilizer available to your crops.
To learn more about conducting soil extraction tests, contact your agronomist or West Central Distribution.
Soil Nutrient Management Transcript
One of the tools that we use to demonstrate and measure the impact Levesol™ can have on the soil, is that we have our customers send us representative soil samples from their area, from their growers’ fields.
We then take those soil samples and put them through a process that we call the soil extraction process. Essentially, all we do is put the soil in a test tube, then add either a treatment or an untreated check to the soil, the treatment being Levesol.
We allow it to be mixed with the soil for about a week, then remove that from a shaker, and pour the resulting material into various funnels that have filters. The liquid that is removed from that soil contains nutrients that are available to the plant.
After we’ve filtered off that liquid, we send it away to a third party lab that analyzes the liquid, and we get the results. At that point, we are able to tell the customer exactly what nutrients we were able to extract and make more available in his soil.