In each field you need to decide where you want your sample sites to be. The idea is that you come back to within a 5m circular area of that spot each time you do the tests again. By going back to more or less the same spot you are able to see how that soil is changing with time and as you change management practices. If you’re using the Soilmentor app, you can save the location of your chosen sample sites by labelling them with the GPS function.
- Best spot
- 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.
For Platemeter or Sward Stick readings you need to get many more than 3 readings, but these are much quicker to do. Generally you do this by walking a W (a guide of how to do this is at the bottom of the page).