to take a soil sample
results of a soil analysis can be no better than the sample you
submit. The idea is that the sample must be representative of the
Make a rough map of your farm dividing it into areas that are
distinctly different in appearance, crop growth or past treatment
(fertilizer, cropping, liming, or manuring). Mark areas or fields
for which information is required with a number and place the same
number on the sample bag from that area. Small areas within a field
that differ from the surrounding field should be omitted or
submitted as a separate sample.
Take 20 to 30 small cores or slices of soil extending from the
surface to plow depth (2inch depth for established pastures or tree
crops). These cores should be collected from random sites over the
entire area to be represented by the sample (generally not more than
12 to15 acres per sample). Cores should be placed in a clean plastic
Thoroughly mix the sample in the bucket before taking out enough to
fill the sample bag to the line indicated. Thorough mixing is
Avoid sampling fertilizer bands, terrace channels, dead furrows,
roads and other unusual areas.
Fill out the information requested as accurately as possible and
send sample to your ASI representative.
of a field map