The interpretation of soil test data will be based on crop yields, stocking rates and production targets. Taking into account the nutritional status of the soil, ranges are generally based around the critical value required, which determines the value where 90-95% of maximum production or yield potential occurs. The confidence interval around the critical value indicates the reliability of the estimate, the narrower the range the more reliable the data. This data has being collated from fertiliser trials, where various fertiliser rates are applied and the crop yield response measured. Adequate levels are generally higher than the critical value to allow for field error and natural variation.
The below document outlines interpretation data based on published research and the APAL database. Compiled from experience and observations from over 15 years of data and including input from local experts and agronomists in the field.
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