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Discussion Board - Re: What analysis of fertilizer and how much

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Animal

01-31-2013 16:42:06
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I was at an organic seminar a few years back and one of the speakers was explaining soil samples. He told us that the cation reading was the most important reading in a sample. I rely alot on my organic matter also.




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 Re: What analysis of fertilizer and how much in reply to Animal, 01-31-2013 16:42:06  
Thanks for all the info guys! This spring I will get a soil sample too see where all the levels are at, and I will let you know and we can go from there.



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Paul

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 Re: What analysis of fertilizer and how much in reply to JohnDeereGreen, 01-31-2013 17:08:34  
Yes, a rough rule of thumb is ground with a Cec of 15 can hold 150 lbs of N, so a low cec can limit the amount of fertilizer (organic, commercial, plow down, whatever) at one time. Some of the types on N will store longer, but as they convert to the plant useable stuff, the cec can only hold so much.

I forget about lime, my soils are 6.4 to over 8 so not an issue.... But low ph acid soils will latch onto the n, p, and k and not let the roots pry it loose, so ph is 2nd in line to get right.

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