Sampling the Soil

December 15th, 2006

We took the opportunity of the nice weather to go out and collect soil samples from our fields today. Soil testing is at the heart of of our strategy to build healthy soil where our plants can thrive. When plants grow in healthy soil they are better equipped to fend off pests and disease. In fact, pests prefer to eat at unhealthy plants. We also use our soil test results to develop our Nutrient Management Plan to improve our soil and better understand how our crop rotations are working. The Nutrient Management Plan is certified by the State of Maryland and is a key tool in a broad strategy to increase the health of our Cheasepeak Bay Watershed.