Field tests that you can do yourself

Soil health, rhizoterra, soil sampling, soil sampling procedures, solvita, respiration tests, manure test, compost test, grain spoliageRhizoterra can help you understand your soil and check for grain spoilage using Solvita tests. If your soil is breathing that means it is active and alive.  Solvita respiration test systems can be used in a lab or directly in the field to test soil respiration and grain spoilage. When you use them in the field it shows you the activity of your microbial community. And the best part is that these tests are easy to use.

Soil Respiration
This test reveals microbial biomass and potential N-mineralization of soil. Soil respiration is a measure of carbon dioxide (CO2) released from the soil from decomposition of soil organic matter (SOM) by soil microbes and respiration from plant roots and soil fauna. It is an important indicator of soil health because it tells you the level of microbial activity, SOM content and its decomposition. In the short term, high soil respiration rates are not always better; it may indicate an unstable system and loss of soil organic matter (SOM) for example because of excessive tillage. It can be measured by the basic Solvita soil field test or by the more sophisticated standardized Solvita lab test. The amount of soil respiration is an indicator of nutrients contained in organic matter being converted to forms available to crops (e.g., phosphate as PO4, nitrate-nitrogen as NO3, and sulfate as SO4).  Soil respiration test procedure (These procedures get updated by Solvita every six months; you can find the most current version on their website)

Grain Spoilage
This kit measures grain fungal spoilage in early stages before visible molding. This reduces the likelihood of harmful spoilage of grain; predicting the storage life remaining at current conditions, evaluate quality of on-farm grain storage, and no extra lab equipment required. Grain spoilage test procedure (These procedures get updated by Solvita every six months; you can find the most current version on their website)

 

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