Soil Health & Testing

Soil Testing


A soil test can provide information on the proper amount of lime and fertilizer to apply to your lawn, garden, crops, and other areas of your landscape.  When gardeners and farmers apply only as much lime and fertilizer as is necessary and at the appropriate time, nutrient runoff into surface or ground water is minimized, money is saved, and plant health is optimized.  Soil testing can also be used to diagnose common nutrient deficiencies or toxicities for plants that are growing poorly.

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Soil Testing

Soil Health and Cover Crops


In the below video by the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation (USDA-NRCS), Dr. Buz Kloot explains basic elements of  soil health.  This video is part of a six-part series available on the UDA-NRCS YouTube Channel.

In this video, Dr. Kloot explains why using a cover crop improves soil health and prevents soil erosion.  The Scott Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) can provide you with more information about cover crops and has a cover crop interseeder available for rent.  Visit http://www.scottswcd.org/ or call (952) 492-5425.

In the last video in the series, Dr. Koot talks about how adding diversity to crops and using natural sources of phosphorus (like manure) can add the nutrients needed without the need for more chemicals. This benefits water quality, soil health, and the health of humans too.  Scott SWCD can help you with a whole farm planning approach like this.  Call or stop by today to see how they can help you.