How to Create the Most Effective Soil Sampling Program

An Oregon wetland resource manager examines a soil core sample. Proper soil sampling should accurately capture the variability of a field and provide useful data for input and management decisions. Photo by Jack Dykinga, USDA ARS.

Choose Your Lab

Determine Where You’re Going to Collect Samples

Whole-Field vs. Spatially Explicit Sampling

Grids vs. Zones

Keep Your Data Consistent

But What if You Haven’t Been Sampling Properly?

Focus on Capturing pH

Best Practices for Pulling Samples

Pull Different Depths Under Conservation Tillage

Avoid Small Areas That Misrepresent the Soil

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