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SOIL TESTS

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Our soil analyses & services for you

AGROLAB offers a plenty of methods used in different regions and nations for agricultural soil analysis including specific evaluations. We not only perform standard analyses reliably and quickly, but also cover the entire analytical range from arsenic to zinc.

 

Overview of our services

Macronutrients and trace elements

Agricultural Soil Analysis for Phytonutrients


Standard tests performed by AGROLAB entail pH, soil type, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium using the CAL or DL method. Fertiliser regulations demand that farmers test for pH and phosphorus content every six years as a minimum. Providing plants with adequate food in the form of trace elements such as boron, copper, manganese, molybdenum, sodium and zinc, so as to guarantee growth and yield, is just as important as supplying them with macronutrients. Check the content of your soil.

 

 

Mineralised nitrogen (Nmin)

Nmin - Bioavailability of Nitrogen in the Soil


Cropland is rich in organic nitrogen. Under the influence of moisture and warmth, a small percentage of this nitrogen is mineralised by microbes in the soil (producing mineral nitrogen:Nmin), making it available to plants.

The supply of nitrogen usually has to be supplemented by fertilisers. Nmin testing as the growing season begins is essential for ensuring that the use of fertilisers remains inexpensive whilst guaranteeing a good yield and quality.
Furthermore, Nmin testing in the autumn is an important tool for protecting groundwater.
Essential feature: Nmin samples need to be kept in an unbroken cold chain (below 5°C) when sent for analysis. We can provide cool bags and cold packs upon request.

 

Mineralised sulphur (Smin)

Mineral Sulphur


Sulphur behaves in a similar way to nitrogen in the soil. Combine Nmin analysis with Smin and fertilise your plants with precisely the formulation that they need. Substantial amounts of sulphur are required: 25-40 kg/ha for grain and sugar beets, 35-50 kg/ha for grassland.
Essential feature: Smin samples need to be kept in an unbroken cold chain (below 5°C) when sent for analysis. We can provide cool bags and cold packs upon request.

 

Soil analysis for heavy metals (AbfKlärV)

Heavy Metals in Soil


Agrigultural soil must be regularly tested for heavy metals in conjunction with the agricultural use of sludge (Sewage Sludge Ordinance [AbfKlärV]) and compost (Biowaste Ordinance [BioAbfV]). To this end, legislation dictates that testing be performed for lead, chromium, cadmium, copper, nickel, mercury and zinc. General agricultural soil analysis (type of soil, pH, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium) is naturally included. Testing may only be performed by accredited test institutes. The AGROLAB Group has all the requisite certifications nationwide.
As defined by the sewage sludge and biowaste regulations, samples may only be taken by trained, certified samplers. We're glad to offer you our support.

 

Physical soil analysis

Physical Soil Analysis


Physical soil testing is a speciality at our Thuringia lab in Oberdorla - be it the mix ratio for sports turf, sludge analysis or ion-exchange capacity, we can provide you with the ideal analytical method.

 

Substrate analysis for horticulture

Substrate Analysis for Commercial Horticulture


AGROLAB provides test methods for floriculture, tree nurseries, horticulture, gardening & landscaping, golf courses and public greenery.

 

CAT method

Suitable in particular for substrates. Covers N, P, K, Mg, Na, pH, salt content, conductivity, volumetric weight and, optionally: Al, B, Cu, Fe, Mn and Zn.


CAL method

For horticultural soils and substrates: N, P, K, Mg, pH, volumetric weight, salt content for all mineral soils (open land): P, K, Mg, pH, N

DL method

For all mineral soils (open land): P, K, Mg, pH, N

Nmin method

Determining soluble nitrogen for tree nurseries, fruit & vegetable cultivation in the form of NO3-N, NH4-N in 1-3 layers

Fertiliser advice

You can request written advice on suitable fertilisers based on your samples, which will be provided by externally appointed experts.

 

Soil analysis for recreational horticulture

Soil Analysis for Recreational Horticulture

Appropriate fertilisation, even in the back garden, is important for maintaining healthy soil and producing a good-quality harvest.
In addition to the analytical values and evaluation, the results of your soil analysis will include details of appropriate fertilisers. It will also suggest when fertilisation would be most suitable. The suggested fertilisers can be found at specialised garden centres.
Instructions on how to take samples can be found on page 2 of the form (see right).
We can provide garden centres with retail-designed sampling packs (sampling instructions, guidance, bag, mailing envelope).

 

Sampling as the basis for the right results

When taking a soil sample, we can issue a statement valid for one to ten hectares of arable land based on a sample of about 300 g. Hence the professional collection of a sample is vital to the outcome of the analysis, which should reflect reality.

Click here for instructions on how to take your own sample.

We can gladly send you the forms for sample collection, as well as soil bags.

Naturally you can also request that sampling be done by our specially trained team.