Soil Testing

Routine soil analysis is the most accurate way to determine lime and fertilizer needs. The shotgun approach to nutrient management, applying all nutrients annually whether needed or not, is neither practical nor economical. Vegetable growers must know the nutrient status of the soil and then match application rates of lime and fertilizer to crop needs. This is important to achieve optimum yield and quality, to maximize return on investment, and to limit nutrient losses to the environment.