Soil Sampling Questionnaire for Commercial Fruit Growers by oum18845

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									Soil N utrient A nalysis Laboratory; 6 Sherman Place, Unit 5102, Storrs, CT 06269-5102 • Phone: 860-486-4274
                    Fax: 860-486-4562 Location: Union Cottage, Depot Campus, Mansfield

               Soil Sampling Questionnaire for Commercial Fruit Growers
Fill out this sheet and place in the mailing container along with your sample and payment and mail to:
UConn Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratory, 6 Sherman Place, U-5102, Storrs, CT 06269-5102

Name: ______________________________ Date: _____________________
Address: ______________________________________________________
City: _____________________State: _________ Zip Code: _____________
Phone: _____________ Fax/Email:_______________________________
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Sample name or number (limit to 12 characters) _______________ acres _________

                              CROP FOR WHICH RECOMMENDATIONS ARE WANTED

   APPLE                                        BLUEBERRIES                                      GRAPES
   PEAR                                         STRAWBERRIES                                             AMERICAN
   STONE FRUITS                                 BRAMBLES                                                 EUROPEAN

Variety: __________________________________________

Are plants currently growing in the soil?      Yes      No
If no, when is the expected planting date? ______________________________________________________________

Have any cover crops been grown in the field between the rows?
  None       Yes: describe the type of cover crop, how it was grown and used _________________________________

Type of limestone applied and amount?        calcitic                   dolomitic           hydrated lime          none
   other: describe: ___________________________________                 Amount: ___________________lbs/1000 sq .ft.

Type of acidifying agent applied and amount?        aluminum sulfate      ferrous sulfate       sulfur      none
   other; describe: ___________________________________         Amount: ___________________lbs/1000 sq .ft

When and how has limestone or acidifying agent been applied? _____________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________

Type of fertilizer used?      slow release      soluble-liquid   granular mineral         organic
Please describe in detail your fertilization program; include how the fertilizer is applied, the frequency of application and
the exact form and analysis of fertilizer used. _____________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________________

                                           SOIL TEST RESULTS
pH__________________ Texture_________________ Color________________ Laboratory No. ______________
Soil N utrient A nalysis Laboratory; 6 Sherman Place, Unit 5102, Storrs, CT 06269-5102 • Phone: 860-486-4274
                    Fax: 860-486-4562 Location: Union Cottage, Depot Campus, Mansfield


Is plant growth satisfactory?       yes          No
If no, describe growth and the nature of the problem.________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________

How old are the plants?
________weeks           _________months                            ________years                    ________growing seasons

What is the type of cultivation use?                clean cultivation             sod between rows
     other; describe_____________________________________________________________________________________

How are plants irrigated?              no irrigation          overhead            trickle                 hand watered
     other; describe_____________________________________________________________________________________

Describe the soil drainage characteristics.                   excessive             good          fair          poor         very poor

                                 SAMPLING DIRECTIONS FOR COMMERCIAL FRUIT GROWERS
Filling out the soil sample questionnaire.

1.    Please fill out the commercial fruit questionnaire to accompany your sample(s). It is especially important to check the crop
      for which recommendations are wanted. We cannot make recommendations without knowing the crop being grown.
2.    Fertilizer recommendations for new seedlings or plantings are different from those for maintenance situations. Therefore, be
      sure to indicate if the crop has been planted.

When and how to sample.

1.    Late October or early November is usually the best time to sample, but samples may be taken at any time during the year
      unless the soil is frozen.
2.    Areas differing in topography, drainage, soil texture, manure additions, soil organic matter content (light colored versus dark
      colored) or intended crop usage should be samples and tested separately.
3.    Under no circumstances should samples represent areas larger than 15 acres.
4.    Avoid sampling unusual spots such as former sites of manure piles and areas where limestone or fertilizer has been spilled in
      previous years.
5.    It is imperative that the soil sample represent accurately the entire sampling area. To obtain a representative sample, take a
      uniform core or thin slice of soil from at least 12 evenly distributed places within a given area. Sample the plow layer, usually
      the top 6 to 8 inches. Put the slices or cores in a clean container and thoroughly mix them. One cup of this soil mixture
      constitutes the soil sample. Transfer this one cup sample into a zipper lock bag and seal.
6.    Place the questionnaire along with your sample(s) and a check payable to UConn ($8.00/sample) in a sturdy mailing
      envelope or box. If multiple samples are being sent at one time, be sure to label the outside of each bag with a sample name
      and/or number. Click here for information on our multi-sample discount policy for commercial growers, or contact the lab at
      (860) 486-4274
7.    Send samples to:
                              UConn Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratory
                               6 Sherman Place, Unit-5102
                               Storrs, CT 06269-5102.



Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Gregory J. Weidemann,
Director, Cooperative Extension System, University of Connecticut, Storrs. The Connecticut Cooperative Extension System is an equal opportunity employer and program
provider. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, Stop Code 9410, 1400 Independence
Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 

								
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