Agronomic Services — Soil Testing Section
1. Detailed chemical soil analyses, such as
2. Site-specific fertilizer and lime recommendations that can
- levels of major plant nutrients, including phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium & sulfur;
- levels of plant micronutrients, including copper, manganese & zinc;
- levels of sodium;
- pH and acidity;
- soil class;
- percent base saturation;
- percent humic matter;
- cation exchange capacity and
- weight-to-volume ratio.
- optimize crop yields,
- improve farm efficiency,
- reduce cost of production,
- conserve natural resources and
- protect the environment by minimizing excessive use of fertilizers, particularly nitrogen.
3. Annual soil test summary data by crop, county, region and state.
4. Crop-specific notes that provide details for implementing soil test recommendations.
5. Leadership in developing soil test methodologies, many of which are now used around the world.
6. A forum where Division agronomists and university research and extension faculty can communicate regarding the need for refinements in fertilizer recommendations.
7. News releases addressing problems or trends in fertility of soils across North Carolina.
8. Heavy metal analyses to meet environmental regulatory requirements for permitting application of agricultural, industrial or municipal waste products.
9. DWQ-certified analyses for pH, phosphorus, manganese, copper and zinc in compliance with environmental regulations mandated by Senate Bill 1217.
April 24, 2013