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#6756023 - 05/06/17 12:02 PM Soil Sample Test Kit
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I have always sent soil samples to the lab twice a year about 4 to 6 week before planting but decided to find a field test kit so I could get results whenever I needed them and also learn something about the process. I purchased the Environmental Concept #1163 Kit from Harris Seeds, and it looks like it will work.





I just read through the instructions and want to go back through it again, and then I will retake the samples that I just received back from the lab to see how my results compare. The kit with shipping was $30.90, and it will perform 80 samples (the number of little cotton filters). The Harris Seed page said 20 tests, but it is the #1663 kit with 80. Environmental Concepts offers three kits with either 40, 80, or 200 filters. The tests have been costing me $10 to $13 depending on who does them, and 80 test from the kit will be less than 39˘ each. Money was not the issue for me; it is more about learning something and applying it to what I enjoy working with.
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#6756204 - 05/06/17 04:39 PM Re: Soil Sample Test Kit [Re: Ranch Dog]
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soil test is excellent for any endeavor, I use them for my vegetable gardens
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#6758114 - 05/08/17 09:01 PM Re: Soil Sample Test Kit [Re: Ranch Dog]
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I'll be eager to hear your results. I did not realize there was a DIY option. Thanks for passing on.
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#6761530 - 05/11/17 04:28 PM Re: Soil Sample Test Kit [Re: Ranch Dog]
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#6841980 - 08/01/17 09:29 PM Re: Soil Sample Test Kit [Re: Ranch Dog]
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You haven't left a review on the Harris website or here. I bought one anyway.

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#6842112 - 08/02/17 05:45 AM Re: Soil Sample Test Kit [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Originally Posted By: phathawg
You haven't left a review on the Harris website or here. I bought one anyway.


Haven't used it yet.

Originally Posted By: Ranch Dog
I have always sent soil samples to the lab twice a year about 4 to 6 week before planting but decided to find a field test kit so I could get results whenever I needed them and also learn something about the process.


I will be using the kit this month as I plant as close as I can get to September 18th. I also plan on sending samples to the lab from the same soil that I collect so that I can compare the results to those that I come up with the kit.
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#6843257 - 08/02/17 09:00 PM Re: Soil Sample Test Kit [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Sounds like a good plan. Let us know your results.

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#6851740 - 08/10/17 11:10 AM Re: Soil Sample Test Kit [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Got my soil testing kit in yesterday. Will try it out this weekend. I've usually had pretty good food plots when the weather cooperates but there's always room for improvement.

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#6865857 - Today at 06:39 AM Re: Soil Sample Test Kit [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Well I tried my kit the other day. Found my pH is OK (6.5) but nitrogen and phosphorus is depleted. Will add high N and P fertilizer.

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