Tag Archives: Soil Fertility

It’s Soil Testing Time in South Texas!

The Soil Fertility Experts at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service recommend soil testing fields for soil available nitrogen annually to a depth of 24 inches. The Mid-Coast IPM Program is equipped to soil test with a hydraulic soil probe that samples to a depth of 24″.  The cost for the IPM soil testing program is $2 per acre with a minimum of $45 per field. Contact Stephen Biles: 361-552-3324 (Office) 361-920-1138 (Mobile) or biles-sp@tamu.edu Since 2013, we sampled fields in Calhoun Refugio and Victoria Counties and found soil… Read More →

South Texas Farm & Ranch Show – October 24-25

The South Texas Farm and Ranch Show will be held October 24 & 25 at the Victoria Community Center in Victoria, Texas. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest management tactics for agriculture production on the farm and ranch. A special session Wednesday from 7-10 am will be held to discuss insect resistance to Bt crops and Soil Fertility in row crops. As many as 12 CEUs are available for Texas Pesticide Applicators Licenses. The full schedule can be found HERE

Testing for Residual Soil N can Save $ – Cotton

Two trials were conducted in 2017 the objective to evaluate the effect of reducing by the amount of residual nitrogen found in soil tests at depths up to 24 inches. Each of these trials were conducted with large plots in grower fields. What follows is the research report for the Cotton test. (printable version) Evaluation of Reducing Nitrogen Fertilizer Application by Residual Soil Nitrogen Found to Depths of 24 Inches in Cotton Investigator: Stephen Biles and Geri Kline Cooperator: Shane May                           Summary A field research trial was conducted to… Read More →

It is Soil Testing Time!

The Soil Fertility Experts at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service recommend soil testing fields for soil available nitrogen annually to a depth of 24 inches.  I am looking for fields  to demonstrate this idea.  I want to conduct field trials in Calhoun, Refugio and Victoria counties on cotton, corn and grain sorghum.  I will do the soil sampling and have analysis done at the Texas A&M Soil Testing Lab.  Please contact me to discuss these field demonstrations (361-920-1138). In 2013, we sampled 53 fields in Calhoun County and found… Read More →

Soil Testing for the 2017 Crop

Once the 2016 crop has been harvested, it is time to look at testing the soil for the nutrient content required for the next crop.  Extensive research has been done on soil testing over the past 20 years resulting in the recommendation of testing soil annually for nitrogen content to a depth of 24 inches. Sampling conducted recently in the Port Lavaca area found residual nitrogen levels as high as 134 lbs available nitrogen per acre.  In fields with clay or loam soils, the amount of nitrogen found… Read More →