Taking Soil Samples and Measuring Salinity

18 September 2018 - Published by Dorte Storper
How is this done and why is it important?

When dealing with saline farming it is crucial to know exactly how saline the soil is in order to determine which crops are suitable to be planted in a specific field. Due to this, the partners of SalFar are preoccupied with taking soil samples and measuring the level of salt in the soil (salinity).

It is important for the project that the methods used by the different project partners are compatible so that the results achieved across the partner regions can be compared. For this purpose, Salt Farm Foundation has produced a training video where the Director, Arjen de Vos, walks you through the process of taking a soil sample and how to measure the salinity. The latter can be done in two different ways where the first method is called the 1:2 method and the second is called the Saturated Paste method.

"Following the methods shown in the video will help to maximize the effectiveness of the SalFar project because it allows us to compare results reliably and, in that way, we can learn most about crop growth under saline conditions in the different regions", says Bas Bruning, researcher at Salt Farm Foundation.

Click on the picture below to watch the video and get an idea of what this process entails.