ALMD IN THE NEWS
SEARCH FOR STAKEHOLDERS
BEFORE YOU INVEST DO A SOIL TEST
Soil testing is the measuring of the chemical, physical and biological properties of the soil. One of the main objective of soil testing is to give the farmers a service leading towards better economic use of fertilizers and soil management practices for increasing crop production and productivity.
BEFORE YOU INVEST DO A SOIL TEST
BENEFITS OF SOIL TESTING
Improved yields and profitability from providing needed nutrients for the crop.
Increase the uniformity of nutrients for the crop.
Reduced fertilizer applications by applying only what is needed.
Reduced operating costs.
Superior environmental risk management.
Higher tolerance to disease and pest damage.
Improved crop maturity and quality.
WHAT IS SOIL TESTING?
The cost of soil testing is relatively inexpensive in comparison to the costs of the fertilizer and the losses that may be sustained.
The application of fertilizers without first conducting a soil test is comparable to taking prescription medicine without first consulting a doctor. The amounts and kinds of fertilizers required for the same crop may vary from soil to soil, even field to field on the same soil. In many cases farmers are wasting money by purchasing and applying fertilizers that they don't need. A soil test will help to determine if fertilizers are needed any at all or the right amount to ensure efficient nutrient intake.
ALMD MICAF
ALMD Banner
Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries
Government of Jamaica