A food plot soil analysis is an absolute necessity for a successful planting.
It is easy, quick and cheap to get it done. Most of the labs charge around $5 to $10 per soil sample.
The soil analysis will tell you exactly what the soil needs for you to successfully grow your intended planting. The lime and fertilizer recommendations are normally provided for 3 years.
There are several nutrients that are essential for plant growth. A soil test is used to determine the amount of these nutrients in the soil.
The soil test results are subsequently used to make a soil test report. In addition to indicating the level of nutrients in your soil, the report will also tell you the pH value or how acidic or basic your soil is, and it will make a recommendation for the amount and type of fertilizer and/or lime you need to add to the soil for optimum plant growth.
This allows you to customize your soil fertilizer and lime applications to your plants’ needs.
Following the recommendations of your food plot soil analysis will help prevent problems with nutrient deficiencies (in the case of under-fertilization) or problems associated with over-fertilization such as excessive vegetative growth, delayed maturity, salt burn and wasted money.