Various Components To The Soil

Chemical soil testing is an important tool for determining the health of a soil and identifying potential problem areas. Knowing the specific chemicals present in a soil can help you to determine if it is susceptible to pests or diseases, and can also indicate if the soil may need treatment. You can also browse online resources to find more information about the chemical soil test.

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Potassium, sulfur and phosphate fertilizers – these are all naturally occurring chemicals in our soils. They enhance the growth of plants by providing various components to the soil. 

1. Insecticides – these kill insects that might damage your crops and other plants around them. Fertilizer residues – the fertilizer used on crops during one growing season can remain in a field for years, either remaining in small traces on the surface or more abundantly in deeper layers of your soil. 

2. Agricultural lime – this is used to neutralize acid soil, increase pH (or alkalinity), and to reduce corrosion of plant roots by metal ions. It also reduces the rates of water runoff leaching out of soils and reduces runoff water pollution and erosion.

3. Sulfur – a useful organic compound for plants (though not as much as nitrogen) from which sulfuric acid is produced upon contact with moist air or water. Sulfur is available with some fertilizers and at hardware stores. Plant microbes produce sulfuric acid in the soil. 

4. Iron – A crucial element to plant growth, but it is not always present in soils. It should be supplied by amendments and nutrients, either separately or in combination. Iron is also an effective bactericide. 

Iron is toxic to microbes and insects. You can also get more information about chemical soil testing via

5. Methionine – A non-essential amino acid that plants make from other amino acids during periods of stress when there is less nitrogen available for such conversion. It may prevent protein synthesis in damaged plants or be useful as a foliar spray.