Soil Health Testing and Analysis
Biological • Chemical • Physical
Why is it important?
Traditional soil tests measure the physical and chemical properties of soil, and that is valuable, but soil is a living, dynamic and continually changing ecosystem and requires a more holistic approach with a microbiological component for a more complete soil assessment. By digging deeper into the physical, chemical and biological interactions we can make improved agronomic recommendations for higher yields and greater profit. The biological composition of the soil reflects the presence of disease suppressing and bio-stimulating microorganisms in the rhizosphere.
What soil health tests are available?
The VitTellus® Soil Health Test & VitTellus Bio℠ are available to assist clients in this deeper assessment of soil parameters.
Learn more about the VitTellus® Soil Health test
Learn more about the VitTellus Bio℠ soil health test & package
How do I test my soil?
NOTE: The same soil sample that was submitted for VitTellus® Soil Health is used for the VitTellus Bio℠ soil health test & package
How can I learn more?
Soil Heath Techical Bulletins
• Soil Health Technical Bulletin I (2017) - Soil Health
• Soil Health Technical Bulletin II (2017) - VitTellus Soil Health
• Soil Health Technical Bulletin III - VitTellus Bio (2020)
Contact your Ag Retailer or Crop Consultant
Improving the Soil Microbial Profile
Review the soil chemistry results to identify soil parameters which are not in the optimal ranges. Making changes to fertility programs is fundamental to moving soil chemistry metrics into ideal ranges. This will ensure plants are properly nourished and providing carbon sources for the microbes in the soil.
Consider management practices in your farm operation such as suitable cover crops. Cover crops offer multiple benefits such as providing an additional carbon source for soil micro-organisms to ensure they are maintained throughout the year after the primary crop is removed.
Continue to build soil organic matter for the purpose of moisture retention and release of mineralizable Nitrogen. In very dry or drought conditions, microbial activity can be significantly reduced and impact crop yields. Building organic matter will help mitigate the risk of lower microbial activity in such situations.
Ensure you are using Best Management Practices such as good crop rotation, ensuring adequate sub-surface drainage, and utilizing erosion control measures to prevent wind or water erosion.
Regular soil testing will help assess the effect of management changes and improvement of soil health parameters. Analyze your soil data to help improve soil health and monitor progress on your plan.