SOIL TESTING

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What Will You Learn?

  • 1) Evaluation of fertility status of soil
  • 2) Estimation of the available nutrients status of soil
  • 3) Evaluation of the suitability of soil for laying garden
  • 4) To better economic use of fertilizers and soil management for increasing agricultural production
  • 5) Recommendation of the required amount of fertilizers, lime or gypsum based on soil test value

Course Content

SOIL SAMPLING AND BENEFITS OF SOIL TESTING
a) Introduction b) Sample collection and handling proper soil sample c) Samples and subsamples d) Sample collection e) How to collect composite samples f) Sample handling g) Soil testing laboratories h) Sampling locations and strategies i) Soil sampling for whole- field management j) Soil sampling for spatially explicit management • Zone based sampling • Grid sampling k) Areas to avoid when sampling l) Sample timing m) Soil physical parameters • Soil water status • Soil temperature n) Benefits of Soil testing

  • Soil sampling and benefits of soil testing
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SOIL PROFILE AND TYPE
a) Typical soil profiles and basic soil types b) Soil texture and composition c) Soil horizons d) Soil horizons and profiles e) Types of soils

SOIL TEXTURE
a) Soil texture b) Definition of soil texture c) Quick fields test to determine soil texture d) How to find the approximate proportions of sand, silt and clay e) How to rate soil texture from fine to course f) Soil textural classes and field tests for their determination g) Laboratory tests for tests for textural classes • The textural triangle methods to determine the basic textural classes • The particle-size frequency

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