Soil Advantage


As a leader in grid soil sampling, we discover soil variations that conventional soil sampling cannot find. By pulling more separately bagged soil samples per field, we eliminate the averaging that occurs when a single soil sample is pulled per field.

The two most common reasons for field and soil variability are:

  • Soil Differences
  • Yield Differences

Some soils will naturally produce more yield than other soils. The higher yields will remove more nutrients while the lower producing soil will remove less nutrients.

The common occurrences with conventional whole field soil sampling are:

  • Waiting to apply lime till the whole field has low soil pH
  • Excessive application of nutrients on lower producing soils
  • Deficient application on higher producing soils

Results – Inefficiency that hinders full yield potential, thereby reducing average yield and missing production opportunities.

Fine tune your soil for greater productivity.

  • Pull more soil samples
  • Limit land area for each soil sample
  • Apply lime to raise soil pH to optimum only where it is needed
  • Increase nutrient supply on high producing soils

Soil Advantage is grid soil sampling that will improve your crop production efficiency and your bottom line!



Ag Essentials uses a mapping method that utilizes satellite photos and GPS equipment on our ATVs. A farmer’s field is set up on an average of 3.3 acre grids and one sample bag per grid is taken which consists of multiple random probes. (See example on right). When a farm is in strips, we will divide the large strips into multiple soil samples. This innovative system of grid sampling has been developed to maximize the efficiency of fertilization programs. It is used extensively in the Midwest, and has proven its cost-efficiency in yield results. Accuracy is crucial since our recommendations are based on the soil test. We use independent laboratories because of their reputation of strict quality control.