A soil test commonly refers to the analysis of a soil sample to determine nutrient content, composition, and other characteristics such as the acidity or pH level. A soil test can determine fertility, or the expected growth potential of the soil which indicates nutrient deficiencies, potential toxicities from excessive fertility and inhibitions from the presence of non-essential trace minerals. The test is used to mimic the function of roots to assimilate minerals.
A soil profile is the sequence of natural layers, or horizons, in a soil. Each soil series consists of soils having major horizons that are similar in color, texture, structure, reaction, consistency, mineral and chemical composition, and arrangement in the soil profile.
The determination of the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of the water.
Effective irrigation will influence the entire growth process from seedbed preparation, germination, root growth, nutrient utilization, plant growth and regrowth, yield and quality.
Micro-irrigation systems apply water to the treeline of the orchard only, whereas other irrigation methods also wet the traffic-lane between rows. Irrigating only the treeline ensures traffic access to the orchard at all times for such essential operations as spraying and harvesting.
"A farmer is supposed to be a good steward of the land. You can't destroy the soil or contaminate it, or you can't farm it."
KEEP ROOTS DAMP WHILE PLANTING
PREPARE THE PLANTING HOLE
PLANT AT THE RIGHT DEPTH