Plate Meter

Soil health indicator: forage volume in kg DM / ha

Assess your forage volume using an automatic meter tool – a fast and effective method!

What to record

  • The Plate Meter will give you a value for the kg of Dry Matter per Hectare (kg DM/Ha) for that field.
  • Normally need to take 30+ measures per field (depending on which Plate Meter you have).
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  • Rising plate meter

How to do the test

1. Walk W across the field – taking readings every 20 paces or so. Read more about how to do a W walk on this page.

2. Record the total reading for the field under the ‘Plate Metre (total)’ activity in the Soilmentor app.

Take readings fortnightly, or more frequently in-season. Monthly off-season.