Soil test can point way to best crops

As the cost of fertilizer continues to rise, and agriculture producers are forced to look ever more closely at the bottom line of producing their crops, soil sampling just makes sense. Not to mention making sure that your crop has adequate nutrients to achieve its production potential.

This campaign gives producers the opportunity to have their soil tested to determine its current fertility and receive a recommendation to improve the fertility required to produce the best crop possible.

The testing campaign will be from through Nov. 13 and will offer reduced-cost testing.

The cost for a routine test will be $6 and a routine with micronutrients will be $10. All soil tests and forms must be returned to the county extension office and will be delivered to the testing lab together. Payment must be by check payable to Milam County ELAB.

In exchange for the reduced testing cost, some information regarding your agriculture land will be required.

Some of the information will be to provide the amount of acres the sample represents, your planned fertilizer application for the coming year, your crop and yield goal, and if the soil had been sampled in the past three years.

Sample results will be returned to your extension office and distributed there. The information that is generated from these reports will be utilized in educational programs at our meetings.

Contact the Milam County Extension Office at 254-697- 7045 for more information on this great opportunity.

Hazardous waste

On Monday, Oct. 26, there will be a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at Williamson County Grain Inc., 504 E. Walnut Street in Taylor, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Here is a partial list of items accepted: pesticides, herbicides, oil/oil filters, transmission and brake fluids, anti-freeze, paint.

The wate collection day is open to all Texas residents. This is not for chemical dealers, school chemistry/biology labs, applicators regulated by Texas Pest Control Service, oil and oil filters from businesses that change oil for a fee.

No tires can be accepted. For more information, visit the TCEQ website at www.tceq. schedule.html or contact me at the Milam Extension Office at 254-697-7045.

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