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Spring Grid Sampling Brings Consistencey


Every year we face different weather conditions, but the most dramatic difference seems to be in the fall. In the fall the soil seems to be harder and drier compared to the spring. Soil in the spring tends to have more moisture and better soil tilth, allowing a better soil core to be pulled. When fall comes around a few things can really make-or-break your ability to complete field work.


Here is an overview of spring vs fall sampling:

  •  Weather holds the top spot at number 1. Yes, mother nature holds the cards and deals them out as fall turns to winter. Late summers high temperatures and warmer soils can evaporate moisture quickly leaving the land in a condition that is generally firmer. This gives the land the ability to carry heavier equipment such as harvesting equipment. We would not dream of driving a fully loaded combine across the field in the spring so why do we think we should sample it?
  • Timing, all fall field applications seem to wait on mother nature and adding grid sampling can add another 2 to 3 weeks to the wait time. In addition to that, decisions and logistics can throw a wrench in things and push it back another 2 weeks. Time we feel do not have with fall tillage waiting to be done. Spring sampling can alleviate long waits as the information is already at hand ready to be applied.
  • Fertilizer prices are another reason to sample in the spring. When the soil sampling is done in the spring you know what you need ahead of harvest and ahead of peak fertilizer demand. You can have your decisions made early and take advantage of early fertilizer prices.


Talk to your CFE Agronomist about soil sampling this spring and have a jump start on fall.

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