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2009-10-22 / General Stories

Brazos Valley Soil Testing Campaign

Oct. 1 - Nov. 13, 2009

As the cost of fertilizer continues to rise and agriculture producers are forced to look more closely at the bottom line of producing their crops, soil sampling just makes sense. Not to mention making sure that your crop has adequate nutrients to remain viable and/or achieve its production potential.

The Brazos Valley Soil Analysis Campaign provides local producers the opportunity to have their soil tested to determine its current nutrient level and receive a recommendation to improve the fertility required to produce the best crop possible. Samples can be submitted from any field used in agricultural production (pastures, hay meadows, row crops, gardens, etc.).

The testing campaign runs through November 13, 2009 and offers reduced cost testing. The cost for a routine test will be $6 and a routine plus micro-nutrients will be $10. All soil samples and forms must be submitted to the County Extension office. Samples must be accompanied by the appropriate form to receive reduced cost.

In exchange for the reduced testing cost, certain information regarding your agriculture land will be required. Some of the requested information includes: the amount of acres the sample represents, your planned fertilizer application for the coming year, your crop and yield goal, and if the soil had been sampled in the past three years.

Sample results will be returned to the Extension office for distribution to the producer. Information generated from these reports will be utilized in educational programs at future Extension sponsored meetings. Contact the Lee County office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service for more information on this great opportunity.

Keeton Ehrig is the County Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, in Lee County. He can be reached at (979)542- 2753 or visit the Lee County office at 310 S. Grimes Street in Giddings.

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