How to Conduct Soil Sampling – Bulk Density Test

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A bulk density test helps determine soil’s density and weight

We sample three different depths so that we know exactly how the total soil organic carbon (SOC) is behaving. Our goal at this step is to learn how different depth increments are changing based on practices and what is happening in the total soil profile.

Published on: February 21, 2022

Clay Craighton

Agronomist, Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri


I grew up in a rural community in Northern Iowa and started my journey in agriculture primarily within the swine industry working with my dad and brother throughout my youth. I grew up very involved in athletics, band, and various clubs in a rural Iowa community. I attended Iowa State University with what was originally an undecided major, but knew I wanted to live in the Midwest. I had no idea initially what I wanted to do after graduation, but had always given thought to environmental sciences and agriculture. The best way for me to give back to the communities in the area I grew up in and providing a great life for my family was for me to major in agriculture and find a niche in improving the environment as well.