FRST: A national soil testing database to improve fertility recommendations

Sarah E. Lyons, Deanna L. Osmond, Nathan A. Slaton, John T. Spargo, Peter J.A. Kleinman, Dan K. Arthur, Joshua M. McGrath

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Soil testing is an important practice for nutrient management in agricultural production systems. In the United States, soil-test methods and interpretations vary across state lines, making institutional collaborations challenging and crop fertilization guidelines inconsistent. Uniformity and transparency in P and K soil fertility testing and fertilizer recommendations are needed to enhance end-user adoption. The Fertilizer Recommendation Support Tool (FRST) project is developing a comprehensive database of P and K correlation–calibration results that can be accessed through an online tool for use in research and fertilizer recommendation development. This collaborative project, which includes over 30 land-grant universities, the USDA-ARS, the USDA-NRCS, and several not-for-profit organizations, contains a national survey describing the current status of soil testing, minimum requirements for correlation–calibration data inclusion, and database population and creating FRST as a user-friendly online decision support tool. The FRST project will provide more consistent, transparent, and science-based information for crop nutrient recommendations across the United States.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere20008
JournalAgricultural and Environmental Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020

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© 2020 The Authors. Agricultural & Environmental Letters published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Soil Science
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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