The soil tab displays a summary of the soils entered in the block tab and is where soil tests are entered.
It shows the list of blocks and the soils on each block (there can be up to three) and the soil tests that has been performed on that block.
Farm soils summary
The farm soils that have been identified when adding blocks for the blocks screen will be listed on the soils screen in the green summary box.
If a soil has been used on multiple blocks within the farm the blocks that contain that soil can be seen by selecting the down arrow on a soil within blocks column
The soil group, soil order and drainage class will be displayed for every soil. The S-map reference and description will only be displayed for the S-Map soils.
If any soils have had their soil profile or soil properties defaults overridden (ie drainage class, top soil texture, chemical and physical parameters etc) the "Modified properties" for that soil will be set to "Yes".
Soil profile and/or soil properties defaults should only be edited when there is good reason to believe that the defaults are not accurate.
When a soil is edited from this screen the soil will be edited for every block that has that soil on it.
If a soil is deleted from this screen it is deleted from each block that has that soil on it. Once a soil is deleted the blocks that had that soil will require changing as they will no longer have 100% soils identified. In this case there will be an error on the block screen identifying which block requires attention.
Soil tests summary
All soil tests (defaulted soil tests and entered soil tests) will be listed in the soil test green summary box.
All blocks and the percentage of that block that are covered under a soil test is shown by selecting the down arrow for each soil test within the blocks column.
Each soil test can be applied to more than one block or soil within blocks. If you do not enter a soil test for a block, default soil fertility levels will be generated and shown within the green box. You can override a default test by editing it and saving the new values.
Default soil test - If you do not enter a soil test for a block, default soil fertility levels will be generated for each block. The reference will show that the soil test is a defaulted one. Defaulted soil tests will just be generated for any block/soil that does not have an entered soil test.
Entered soil test - To enter a new soil test y can either override a default test or creating a new soil test, selecting the relevant block/soil and saving the new soil test values.