Soil sampling can be done manually or mechanically. Our company has both sampling methods available to farmers.
According to our experience, there is a great need for manual sampling as well, since this sampling method can be used well in standing cultures (e.g. avoiding economic damage, e.g. trampling).
According to current EU regulations, one average sample is to be taken every 5 hectares. Professional soil sampling is the basis for a nutrient management plan based on accredited soil test results.
Soil sampling consists of the formation of average samples from multiple plots in the area to be sampled. An average sample consists of abt. 20-25 subsamples. The sub-samples are homogenized by blending to form an average sample of 0.5-1 kg, which is representing an area of 5 ha.