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Old 11-22-2001, 08:21 PM
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soil test

Hey guys at the local nurserys they have these little soil meters to tell ph. You just stick it in the ground it runs off batterys i think. They are around 10 bucks / are they worth it will it help anything. Thanks for any advice you may have.
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Old 11-22-2001, 08:28 PM
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If I were you I would save my money and get a professional tester if you are going to be serious about pH testing.

I wouldn't want my calcualtions to be off because ther tester was not accurate.
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Old 11-22-2001, 08:35 PM
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Where do they sell pro tester and about how much do they run.
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Old 11-22-2001, 08:36 PM
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You can find some on the internet...

Some around $100.

There are some around $400 too..

Those have extra readings as well...

I guess you can just get a basic pH tester for around $20
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Old 11-22-2001, 10:21 PM
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Why test only pH? What about CEC's, N-P-K-Mg-Ca and so on? Do a complete soil test and you will know the whole condition of the soil.
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Old 11-22-2001, 10:37 PM
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They sell soil testers at GEMPLERS and at AMLEONARDS on the net.
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Old 11-22-2001, 11:03 PM
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Have used an old Kelway pH tester for 20 years, and it has never been off more than 0.2 compared to a lab test. No batteries, no chemicals, just a mechanical instrument that also reads soil field capacity ratio (water content by %). About $100 at A.M.Leonard (<a href="https://www.amleo.com/help-desk/item.php?hb2">HB2</a>)
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Old 11-22-2001, 11:46 PM
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I would like something like this, that tells the soil temperature, too. I've always just used the co-op. extension service through MSU here.
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Old 11-23-2001, 05:34 AM
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i have one i got at hd .in these dry conditions it reads
about 2 or so most of the time. think its either broke
or possibly all it ever did was measure the ph of the moisture in the soil.this one has a moisture and light meter as well.
plan on going back to hd and checking another one to se if mines
broke or they all do the same.later now
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Old 11-23-2001, 07:36 AM
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Why test only pH? What about CEC's, N-P-K-Mg-Ca and so on? Do a complete soil test and you will know the whole condition of the soil.
What lab do you use that measures the available N?
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