Soil Sampling: Random Sampling a Small Field with Hammer Probe

There's some serious science behind farming! A quick video lesson presents the process of collecting a random field soil sample for analysis. Instruction includes what a random sample looks like as well as how to prepare the sample for the lab.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils model a random sample using a piece of paper to represent a field
  • Ask individuals to bring in a soil sample that meets the parameters discussed in the video
Classroom Considerations
  • Understanding the purpose of soil analysis is helpful
Pros
  • Demonstrates the process in an actual field
  • Includes annotations to help clarify the process
Cons
  • None