Soil Test – The Most Crucial Step in Creating a Food Plot
The most common and potentially devastating mistake made by food plot managers is failing to take the time to get a soil test performed. The soil test is, by far, the most crucial step in the planting process. Even with great soil preparation and adequate rainfall, the plot can struggle to survive due to unbalanced pH and/or fertility levels. A soil test is inexpensive, easy to do and is the most important preparation step in creating a healthy food plot.
The pH level determines the acidity of the soil. On the pH scale of 1 to 14, 1 is extremely acidic while 14 is extremely alkaline. Most soils in North America are acidic, and high levels of acidity prevent plants from absorbing nutrients. Whitetail Institute products prefer a neutral pH level in the 6.5 to 7 range. A soil test will determine the pH of the soil and recommend the appropriate amount of lime to disperse. Lime neutralizes the acidic elements in the soil.
The easiest way to order a soil test package is to call the Feed Whitetail Deer.com at 1-800-866-665-0105 or order it online below. The soil test package includes simple instructions and a bag to place your soil sample. Mail the sample, and the results will typically be returned within 10 business days. The Whitetail Institute files your test results so, in the case of questions or concerns, you can call the Whitetail Institute and they can look at the soil test results and answer any questions.
The Whitetail Institute soil test kit cost only $12.45. Yet, some food plot managers continue to disregard this VITAL step in creating a food plot. Maximize your effort and investment. GET A SOIL TEST.