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fertilizer to the seedbed, a laboratory soil test will tell you that with complete accuracy, which helps you avoid buying lime and fertilizer you really don’t need. Risk Management. When you think about it, peace of mind is a benefit that comes from effectively managing risk – eliminating risks that can be eliminated, and minimizing risks that can’t. By performing a laboratory soil test and following its lime and fertilizer recommendations, we can eliminate the risk that our forage plants won’t have free access to all the nutrients they need. To long time readers of Whitetail News, that’s nothing new. It occurred to me, though, that we may not have covered another risk-management benefit of using a laboratory soil test to ensure that soil pH is optimum before planting. This realization hit me when I thought of calls I occasionally get from customers who didn’t properly address soil pH before planting and experience problems later. Most often, the complaint is that the planting isn’t growing as well as it should. To raise soil pH, lime should be incorporated into the soil by disking or tilling, which is problematic when you don’t want to damage or kill a forage crop that has already been planted in the site. Had these customers properly ensured that soil pH was neutral before they planted, the problem would have been avoided. Conclusion. The Whitetail Institute’s laboratory soil testing service provides all the accuracy of laboratory soil tests performed by agricultural universities, county agents, and farm supply stores. The difference lies in the structure of the Whitetail Institute’s laboratory soil test report. Unlike soil test reports designed for commercial farmers, the Whitetail Institute report is designed specifically for food plotters and is extremely easy to read and follow. Whitetail Institute soil test users also consistently comment on how quickly they get their results back from the lab (especially when they provide an email address on the soil-submission form that comes in the kit). And finally, whether you use a Whitetail Institute soil test kit or another laboratory soil test kit, you can get quick, accurate assistance from the Whitetail Institute’s consultants if you have any trouble understanding the report. The consultants are available to answer any questions you may have regarding soil testing or any other food plot related questions. You can find out more about the Whitetail Institute soil test kit such as how to prepare it and what the report looks like at whitetailinstitute.com. If you have any questions, please contact the Whitetail Institute’s consultants at (800) 688-3030. ^ For the latest promotions, sales and news visit www.Facebook.com/WhitetailInstitute

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