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Interpreting Your Soils Test Report

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Funderburg serves as a soils and crops consultant in the Agricultural Division's consultation program. He joined the Noble Foundation in 2000. Funderburg has broad experience in agriculture, including soil testing, irrigation water quality, soil fertility, fertilization of most crops and nutrient management planning. He has conducted numerous on-farm research projects examining fertilizer rates, sources, timing and soil test calibration. Prior to joining the Noble Foundation, Funderburg worked as an assistant county agent with the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service from 1977 to 1981. He further served as a state soils and fertilizer specialist with the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service from 1984 to 1990. He then served as state soils and fertilizer specialist with the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service from 1990 to 2000. Funderburg was born and grew up in rural northwestern Louisiana.


  1. Doc Milham says:

    Some great information.

  2. I get a more complete soil test than described in the article, but have found that besides various ratios (calcium to mag, for example), there are some things that are just about impossible to adjust. For example, our soils here need about two tons per acre to get everything right (aluminum is high, for example). But our location means that lime (CaC03) costs about $500/ton. Imagine that for just one 15-acre field. One soil consultant I talked to said, “well, the soils here have a decent pH most of the time, but need the lime to get everything in balance but it’s almost impossible to afford and we get reasonable hay crops without it, so . . . .”

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