Soil is usually classified as clay, sandy or loamy. Clay soils are rich in nutrients but tend to hold water. Sand soils are just what they sound – quick-draining and high in sand. Loam soils retain moisture without bogging down, and are fluffy and full of air pockets and nutrients. A good way to tell which you have is to pick up a handful of moistened soil and squeeze it. Clay will hold its shape, loam will hold its shape and then crumble with a poke and sand will fall apart when you open your hand. You may also want to test your pH levels. Once you know what kind of soil you have, and if you have any pH issues or nutrient deficiencies, you can begin amending it.
If you need to adjust your pH, give it time and retest your soil. Consider choosing crops that work with your existing soil pH. For acidic soil, you can add lime. For soil that’s too alkaline, add sulfur or peat moss. Adding organic matter can improve your soil no matter what its current type. Compost, animal manure, grass clippings and leaf mold work well for this.
Pro-Soil Ag Solutions’ below ground management products can also help. Our products improve soil health by stimulating and feeding native microbial life in the soil which creates a more active and higher microbial population which in turn and allows a more complete conversion and uptake of both macro and micro nutrients. To learn more about how you can increase your crop yield, contact us today!