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INSTRUCTIONS FOR TAKING A SOIL SAMPLE These instructions are for taking a soil sample from a yard pasture or any other piece of land The purpose of a soil sample is to determine the pH of the soil These instructions give a simple step by step procedure that anyone can do Anyone who is trying to grow something can use a soil sample to help them get the best growth for whatever they are planting The reason for needing to read these instructions is so that a proper sample will be taken so you will get the best results for your soil There are not a lot of materials and equipment needed to take a soil sample You are going to need the area of soil to be sampled a soil sample bag a small shovel or other digging tool a measuring cup optional a bucket and a pen or pencil A soil sample bag is the bag that you will put your sample in It can be obtained from fertilizer dealers the Soil Conservation Service your local Soil Conservation Service or the Stephen F Austin Agriculture Department Samples usually cost about ten dollars and take about a month to get the results back so plan ahead shovels buckets soil sample bag CAUTION Do not take samples from different fields or areas and put in the same bag This may cause you to get the wrong results for a specific area This does not apply to your yard One sample is OK in this case This comes in to play if you are sampling different spots over a large area say over twenty acres WARNING Do not stab shovel into your foot this may cause injury to your toes or other parts of your foot
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