NCERA_OLD013: Soil Testing and Plant Analysis
Statement of Issues and JustificationDevelopment and improvement of soil testing and plant analysis methodology requires many years of research encompassing a wide range of soil, climatic and crop cultural conditions. No single agricultural research and extension institution can independently afford to develop and validate all of the soil and plant testing methodology that it requires. Research conducted in one state is often relevant in other states. Mutual cooperation between states avoids unnecessary duplication of research and helps extend research and extension budgets. The NCR-13 Committee serves as a facilitator to focus cooperative research and educational programs in soil testing and plant analysis throughout the North Central region. Soil testing and plant analysis technology continues to change as analytical and crop production technology changes. Increasing concerns about environmental problems and nutrient management have heightened the need for appropriate soil testing methods with proper interpretation and subsequent recommendations (Kamprath et al., 2000). A distinct need continues for a regional committee to stimulate and encourage interstate cooperation and transfer of soil testing and plant analysis information.
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