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Old 08-13-2018, 09:04 PM   #1
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We had soil test done on 4 spots. Need little help with direction of what to do with results. We planted oats last year but just a last minute idea.

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Old 08-13-2018, 09:11 PM   #2
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Need to get it down to 6.5. As you can tell N is the ticket to balance.
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Old 08-13-2018, 09:19 PM   #3
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Need to get it down to 6.5. As you can tell N is the ticket to balance.
Not to sound ignorant but what fertilizer combo --/--/-- to try to get that number? Also I'm going down to ranch this weekend. Add it then? We dont plan on planting oats till a little latter.

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Old 08-13-2018, 09:27 PM   #4
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Not to sound ignorant but what fertilizer combo --/--/-- to try to get that number? Also I'm going down to ranch this weekend. Add it then? We dont plan on planting oats till a little latter.

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No worries, we all have been there! N/P/K is the combo formula, so if N is what you need something like 48/0/0 should do the trick for everything but the last plot. For that one I would go with 48/20/0.
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No worries, we all have been there! N/P/K is the combo formula, so if N is what you need something like 48/0/0 should do the trick!
Ok thank you very much. Do I add it before or just at same time with oats?

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Old 08-13-2018, 09:34 PM   #6
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Urea is nitrogen and nothing else, but when you put it out you need to disc it in the soil. Otherwise it will "evaporate". I can't remember what you add to soil with a high ph, mainly because soils where I plot all have low ph and I've never had that problem. A search on the QDMA website might turn that info up or just google it. Your soil is not extremely alkaline, and may be ok with just the N recommended per acre. Soil tests are a guideline, and not necesarily written in stone. Most all crops like ph between 6 and 7 but I've grown some pretty good plots at less than perfect.
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Old 08-13-2018, 09:34 PM   #7
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It really needs six months or so to get in the ground well, but the sooner the better. You will see a big difference regardless. I would put it in ASAP or when you plant and then do a huge dose in Feb or Mar in preparation for the upcoming fall!
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Not to sound ignorant but what fertilizer combo --/--/-- to try to get that number? Also I'm going down to ranch this weekend. Add it then? We dont plan on planting oats till a little latter.

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First research the particular plant your growing and see what N-P-K works best for it. That N-P-K number isn't a direct relation to your PH number you asked about. Totally different things.
Secondly it will take and ammonium product to drop your ph. A nitrate product can actually cause you to be more alkaline sometimes. Nitrogen fertilizer come both ways. You are wanting a more acidic soil.
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Urea is nitrogen and nothing else, but when you put it out you need to disc it in the soil. Otherwise it will "evaporate". I can't remember what you add to soil with a high ph, mainly because soils where I plot all have low ph and I've never had that problem. A search on the QDMA website might turn that info up or just google it. Your soil is not extremely alkaline, and may be ok with just the N recommended per acre. Soil tests are a guideline, and not necesarily written in stone. Most all crops like ph between 6 and 7 but I've grown some pretty good plots at less than perfect.
Another valid solution that works well
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Old 08-13-2018, 09:54 PM   #10
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It really needs six months or so to get in the ground well, but the sooner the better. You will see a big difference regardless. I would put it in ASAP or when you plant and then do a huge dose in Feb or Mar in preparation for the upcoming fall!


What needs 6 months?


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Depending on what you are adding in terms of its composition, IE liquid/granular/pelletized, could take up to six months, depending on rainfall, to actually begin to change composition of your soil.

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Old 08-13-2018, 10:23 PM   #12
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If you are planting clover you should be good. When in doubt, spread some chicken manure...cant go wrong with that
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Old 08-13-2018, 10:28 PM   #13
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Depending on what you are adding in terms of its composition, IE liquid/granular/pelletized, could take up to six months, depending on rainfall, to actually begin the change the composition of your soil.
You look dumb but just might be smart!????😂
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Need to get it down to 6.5. As you can tell N is the ticket to balance.


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Old 08-14-2018, 11:11 AM   #15
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Oats and clover should grow in that PH no problem. I would add the nitrogen and the phosphorus on the last plot when you plant per the recommendation of the test. Your biggest problem will be rain/water when you need it!

Madhatter explained the different types of nitrogen fertilizer to use to lower your PH to get it closer to 7.0, like ammonium sulfate. Your PH is ok for these crops I would not worry about it.
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Old 08-14-2018, 12:33 PM   #16
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All good suggestions.
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Old 08-14-2018, 01:25 PM   #17
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Sulfur lowers your PH and Lime raises it. When you get your fert. try and get sulfur coated urea, that will help. Good luck, hope it all works out for you!!
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Old 08-14-2018, 01:37 PM   #18
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Guys thanks for the reply's. I will keep updated how the plots turn out.
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Old 08-14-2018, 01:45 PM   #19
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If you are going to be doing food plots this book is almost q must have. https://shop.qdma.com/quality-food-p...r-hunting.html
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Old 08-14-2018, 02:39 PM   #20
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It's very hard to lower the pH. Our soils are also 8.0. The best way to lower the pH is to add organic matter to the soil (i.e. planting sorghum, sun hemp, beans, etc. in the Spring), which takes time to do. We have to add nitrogen and phosphorus to our plots and disk it into the soil right before planting. We started doing fall plots two years ago and are still learning. We are buying a cultipacker to firm up the soil after we disk in the oats and wheat this year to see if it helps our plots.
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Old 11-05-2018, 09:17 PM   #21
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