As winter changes to spring,

the tractors return to the field, spreading manure and enriching the earth. prices continue to rise, and 2019 brought with it new nutrient management regulations. It’s more important than ever to maximize yield without added expenses.

Now is the best time to look at your soil sample results.

Soil analysis is essential in determining how to achieve the best outcome for the upcoming growing season. You wouldn’t raise cows without a balanced feed ration, and you shouldn’t treat your crops any differently. Our agronomists can help you develop an advanced fertility plan from the results of your soil data.

Over the past few months, the DairyCrop team has been hard at work collecting samples. In the Fraser Valley, winter is the ideal time for sampling. Cold weather means that the soil remains consistent, because manure spreading is less frequent.

One trend we noticed among local farms was low pH. The over-acidity of the soil causes reduced nutrients and limited yields. We can resolve this issue by adding lime, factoring in the soil’s resistance to pH change (buffer pH), and the percent base saturation calcium.

Another worrying trend we noticed, potassium to magnesium (K/Mg) ratios are often not ideal. This imbalance can have a crippling effect on yield. Overly high levels of either substance can lead to deficiencies in the soil.

DairyCrop is committed to helping growers raise the best crop they can through our expertise in soils and soil test interpretation. Please call your DairyCrop rep to ask any questions you may have.