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  1. A corn field has has a stunted, lightly colored green crop on the left because of potassium deficiency and a dark green, tall crop on the right as a result of adequate potassium.

    Interpreting a Soil Test Report

    Aug 8, 2022

    Soil test report formats vary from laboratory to laboratory. However, while report formats differ, any standard soil test report has the critical information needed to make a nutrient recommendation. This fact sheet helps you identify common soil test terms you will find regardless of the report format.
  2. A person sitting at the table lowers a pH meter with ten probes that measure pH on ten samples at the same time. Seven series of ten samples await measurement on a laboratory table.

    Choosing a Laboratory for Nutrient and Soil Health Testing

    Jul 22, 2022

    Soil testing provides key information about soil nutrient availability. It is also increasingly used to identify the soil's biological and physical characteristics to give a complete picture of overall soil health. Farmers, gardeners, and landowners can use soil testing data to optimize their nutrient management plans. Implementing recommendations based on soil test data prevents under- or over-application of lime and fertilizers. In Ohio, there are several laboratories to choose from, all of which offer a variety of soil and other valuable tests.
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    Ohio Opportunity Zones in Community and Economic Development

    Jul 21, 2022

    This fact sheet is intended as a guide for community planners, economic development professionals, elected officials, extension professionals, and investors interested in place-based development in opportunity zones (OZs). It provides background information on OZs and details about the Ohio-specific tax options.