Guideline Index

Chapter 8: Assessing Soil Nutrients

8.8 Summary

  • A pasture’s nutrient requirements should be assessed using a number of methods, including soil and plant tissue testing, visual paddock indicators, and soil test strips.
  • Soil and plant tissue sampling guidelines should be followed carefully to achieve the most accurate results from your tests.
  • Plant tissue testing should be used to determine the need for trace elements.
  • Visual assessment of pasture condition can be used in conjunction with soil testing to help determine fertiliser needs.
  • Fertiliser test strips are useful for determining which fertilisers to apply and can also be of value for determining the appropriate application rate if application rates are accurately calibrated and varied e.g. 1x and 2x application rate.