Starting a Farm: Soil Quality

Sometimes farmers must help their soil be healthy enough to grow crops. To do this, they must add fertilizers. This page will help you understand different types of fertilizers, what the 3 numbers on the bag represent, and how much to apply to soil. University of Illinois Extension owns this page.

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Read the information on the page and answer the following questions. Be sure to hit the “Next” button until you come to the end of the information.

Study Question(s)

  • What do the three numbers represent in the fertilizer formula?
  • What does each of these elements do for the plant?
  • Why would a farmer want to add these elements to his/her crops?



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