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Soil Method of Analysis

Soil Method of Analysis

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North Central Regional Research Publication No. 221 (Revised)
RecommendedChemical Soil TestProcedures
for the North Central Region
 Agricultural Experiment Stations of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, NorthDakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin,and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating.Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station SB 1001 Revised January 1998
Over the past 30 years, the NCR-13 Soil Testing and Plant Analysis Committee members have workedhard at standardizing the procedures of Soil Testing Laboratories with which they are associated. Therehave been numerous sample exchanges and experi-ments to determine the influence of testing method,sample size, soil extractant ratios, shaking time andspeed, container size and shape, and other laboratory procedures on test results. As a result of these activi-ties, the committee arrived at the recommended pro-cedures for soil tests.Experiments have shown that minor deviationsin procedures may cause significant differences in testresults. It is to the advantage of all laboratories thatthe credibility of soil testing be enhanced. The adop-tion of these recommended procedures by all labora-tories would be a major step toward improving theimage of soil testing and, hopefully, the integrity of fertilizer recommendations based on soil tests.Calibration studies conducted by the North Central Agricultural Experiment Stations over the past fivedecades have been used to calibrate these recom-mended procedures.NCR-13 wants it clearly understood that thepublication of these tests and procedures in no way implies that the ultimate has been reached. Researchand innovation on methods of soil testing should con-tinue. The committee strongly encourages increasedresearch efforts to devise better, faster, less expensiveand more accurate soil tests. With the high cost of fer-tilizer, and with the many soil related environmentalconcerns, it is more important than ever that fertilizerbe applied only where needed and in the amount of each element needed for the response goal. The besthope of attaining this goal is better soil tests and bet-ter correlations with plant response. NCR-13 standsready to evaluate promising new soil tests, and withclear justification will move quickly to revise their rec-ommendations.Past Administrative Advisors of NCR-13M. B. Russell1966-68R. R. Davis1969-74Clive Donoho, Jr.1975-83Leo Walsh1984-90Ben Jones1991-92H. R. Lund1993Jim Brown1994Robert Gast1995Don Holt1996Boyd Ellis1997
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M.E.Watson and J.R.Brown
R.H.Gelderman and D.Beegle
K.Frank,D.Beegle and J.Denning 
D.Warncke and J.R.Brown
S.Combs,J.Denning and K.D.Frank 
R.H.Gelderman,J.L.Denning and R.J Goos
S.M.Combs and M.V.Nathan
B.Hoskins and A.Wolf 
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for the North Central Region1

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