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Work with the Parish Ag Center to test the soil. Check the entire area by taking samples from several locations across the area to be planted. You may want to mix these together to make one large sample. However it is done, follow the results to achieve a 6.5 to 7.0 pH. Soil pH affects the amount of fertilizer a plant can use. Using lime will raise the pH.

Soil pH


Fertilizer Utilization

7.0 Neutral 100%
6.5 Slight 90%
6.0 Moderate 80%
5.5 Medium 60%
5.0 Strong 50%
Below 5.0 Very Strong 40% or Less