Philosophy 03/20/06 2:45:24 PM|
Obtaining soil balance is the single most important factor in regards to soil fertility. To achieve maximum yield there must be the proper amount of all nutrients in the soil at the correct balance to allow the plant to work at full capacity and provide proper plant balance. This in turn will deliver healthier and more productive plants that will fight off disease and adverse conditions and lead to increased performance. The beginning step in soil balance is examining the soil's nutrient holding capabilities. This is indicated on our soil report by the Total Exchange Capacity. When a grower is harvesting his crop, he can see that sand hills and clay areas do not produce the same yields. The yields do not change in small squares or grids, but rather by the lay of the land, soil type, or management zones. The difference between these zones can be measured by their Exchange Capacities. These areas must be treated differently when appplying fertilizer. Your higher producing soils will generally have higher Exchange Capacities and should require more fertilizer to produce at optimum. Your poorer soils will have lower Exchange Capacities and will require less fertilizer to produce at their optimum. Managing fertilizer by looking at Exchange Capacities and looking at all nutrients, not just pH, P, and K, will allow you to be much more efficient, cost effective, and profitable in your farming practices.