What is a ''good, reliable soil test''?

albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)March 31, 2012

Google finds 504 places where "good, reliable soil test" has been used on this forum but I cannot find where it is described.

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wayne_5 zone 6a Central Indiana

The linked site might be a pretty good one.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sample Soil tests

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 5:37PM
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pnbrown

I would say it is a lab that follows the Albrecht model, others might say it is any land-grant U lab.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 7:53AM
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wayne_5 zone 6a Central Indiana

I agree, Pat.

Here is a link that might be useful: A Nice Read

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 9:35AM
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wayne_5 zone 6a Central Indiana

If you like soil mineralizing you may find something here.,

Here is a link that might be useful: Body Minerals

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 8:19PM
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Jon_dear(4/5)

I`ve been thinking of buying that soil minerals book wayne. I may see if i can get it at the library first. Does anybody here have it?

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 11:12AM
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toxcrusadr

To me it implies sending a sample to a professional laboratory. Rather than buying an instant kit (which often don't work well or accurately), or smelling, tasting, or just looking at it, or dancing in a circle three times and sacrificing a chicken to get the answers.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 2:59PM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

I had a soil laboratory at university 1968 or so. I don't remember hearing "Albrecht" but reading a couple of websites that was apparently what I was taught back then.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 3:27PM
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piedmontnc(7b-8)

So no chicken sacrifices then?

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 7:54AM
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toxcrusadr

It's a free country so go right ahead! The chicken or any leftover parts are even compostable if done right. I'm just not recommending it for divining soil amendments. :-]

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 10:10AM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Check with your state universities Cooperative Extension Service office to see if they offer a soil test. Many do, some don't. Inexpensive, but reliable and your county horticultural agent should make recommendations about what might be needed based on the results.
If your state university does not there are others that will.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 12:35PM
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