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  1. Vol. 22 No. 6, p. 548-552
    Received: Mar 28, 1958
    Accepted: Apr 24, 1958

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Soil Sampling in Relation to Soil Heterogeneity1

  1. Luther C. Hammond,
  2. William L. Pritchett and
  3. Victor Chew2



Seven cultivated fields, pastures, and orchards—ranging from 2 to 35 acres in size—were sampled for one or more of the following: soil pH, soil moisture, and extractable K, Ca, Mg, and P. Cores 1 inch in diameter were obtained at various depths in a two- and three-stage sampling scheme. For fairly uniform fields, the efficiency of multistage sampling relative to simple random sampling was found to be high. The data show that a convenient multistage sampling method could be used in many physical and chemical sampling surveys of fairly uniform fields or fields that could be stratified into uniform sections.

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