The Cornerstones of Healthy Food Systems

What Farmers and Gardeners Need to Know About Soil Testing (Part I-At Home Assessments and Soil pH)

December 17, 2021 Mary Lucero Season 1 Episode 6
The Cornerstones of Healthy Food Systems
What Farmers and Gardeners Need to Know About Soil Testing (Part I-At Home Assessments and Soil pH)
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Microbial Analysis for Growers Online Course (host's website)
USDA-NRCS Flow Chart to Determine Soil Texture by Feel (unaffiliated site)
NAPT Participating Laboratories (unaffiliated site)

Host Mary Lucero discusses:

  • soil assessments you can perform at home to guide growing decisions
  • the use of microscopes to analyze soil microorganisms
  • analyzing soil texture by feel
  • the strengths and the limits of self-assessments
  • the rationale for professional soil laboratory analysis.  

Factors about soil laboratory testing mentioned in the podcast include:

  • the choice of a competant soil laboratory
  • parameters most growers will want to measure
  • soil pH as a universal factor included in most commercial soil tests

Additional soil testing parameters, including Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC), base saturation, macronutrients, and micronutrients will be covered in Part II.

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End-O-Fite Enterprises LLC is a small business that provides information, products,  and services to: 

  • build healthy soils.
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  • complement good nutrition.
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The Cornerstones of Healthy Food Systems Podcast Introduction by David Lucero.
Theme music by Zakhar Valaha 

This version was updated in summer, 2023, when we decided to remove the website reference.  The only change was to remove the word cornerstones from the website reference. 

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Assess Your Own Soil at Home
Online Course Teaches Farmers and Gardeners How to Analyze Soil Microbiology at Home
Soil Aromas Can Offer Valid Health Indicators
The Feel of Your Soil Indicates the Texture
Free Flow Chart Helps you Determine Soil Texture Precisely
Laboratory Testing Can Improve Crop Quality and Production
Choose a Soil Lab Carefully, Then Follow Their Directions for Sampling
Avoid Interpreting Various Soil Test Data Values in Isolation
pH is Among the Most Universal Measurements Included on Soil Tests
Acidic Soils are Found in Areas that Receive a Lot of Rainfall
Alkaline (Basic) Soils are Found in Dry Climates
Plants Grow Best in Neutral Soils Where Nutrients Are Bioavailable
Alkaline Soils Often Lack Iron, Copper, Zinc, and other Micronutrients