In each field you’re interested in monitoring, you need to decide where you want to sample your soil. If it’s your first time going out soil sampling, you can start with choosing one sample site in your field, with the idea that you will come back to within a 5m circular area of that spot each time you do the tests again. By returning to more or less the same spot you’re able to see how the soil is changing with time and as you change management. If you’re using the Soilmentor app, save the GPS locations of your chosen sample sites.
If you want to explore a field’s performance in more detail, you can add more sample sites in a field, for example at:
- The best spot
- The worst spot
- An ‘average’ spot in the field
You can choose more sample sites if you like – it’s all about how much time you have! You can also just do one sample site in a field and use that spot as an indicator site for changes in that field.