Why is soil-testing important? And why would someone want to test their soil for completeness? First let me explain what I mean by complete soil so you can see this in a new light. Complete soil is made up of 3 parts, texture, biology and chemistry. Each of these three parts in themselves must be complete and in balance with each other. Any missing parts and your yield and the health of your soil is at risk. Any part out of balance with the other parts also makes it incomplete. 

   In order to have complete soil year after year you will need to address the changes that took place in your field(s). Good changes that nature provided and depletions caused by plant uptake. 

   There are soil test kits and free soil testing at your local extension offices. They offer incomplete soil tests and will cost you in more ways than one. Here is an example.

   Boron in the chemistry part is vital in small amounts for your soil to work properly. An analogy would be to have a complete assembly line with all the machines, electricity, personnel, know how and parts WHITHOUT any oil. The assembly line won't run without oil. Boron, one of the chemicals in soil plays this part.


Susan Shaner Logan Labs

Soil-Testing Type

   If we are to get usable information we need to remove variables that would interfere with consistent results. For now and until we discover a reason to change the soil-testing type AEA Base Test Plus is the one we accept in all our current research. The lab we use can be found here with an explanation in the 4 minute video:

   Looking into the future of the kenaf industry, simple and consistent soil-testing such as this can make a big difference in overall production in the USA. Since we are only interested in your kenaf business success, we will only recommend what we see as best for you. Forwarding a copy of your soil test results to be used in compiling all results for evaluation, will help us see consistencies and any inconsistencies that will be shared and help your bottom line. This is another way how we share and learn together toward each partners' success.

   Soil-testing results from the recommended lab can be emailed to you in pdf format which can be forwarded to:  Kenaf Partners USA for compilation and evaluation. 

   Thank you in advance for sharing and participating in the success of the kenaf industry!

What To Do After You Get Your Soil Test Results

   Since soil test results are expected to be different from field to field, how does one apply this information to address the texture, biology and chemical part of their complete soil system? You contact an expert that is experienced in getting results and getting your custom made product for your soil. Contact GGO International and get their recommendation(s) and your custom product based on your soil test.

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