Soil and Plant Tests
Our Field Officer / Distributor can help you to take sample (Generally the service is free - but you have to pay Lab charges). Please contact us for further information.We are using “Hill Laboratories” for analysis of soil and plant tests. Where we do not have field officer we can send you Soil testing kit with full instructions (how to take samples). Some important steps are as under:
Why Test Soils
Soil and herbage analyses help pastoral farmers and their advisers choose the best fertiliser programme. They also highlight mineral imbalances that might be affecting the health of pasture or animals that feed on it.
Herbage tests of pasture complement soil tests and allow important trace nutrients like cobalt, selenium, copper and iodine to be adjusted for improved animal health. Using both herbage and soil testing will provide a better overall picture of the farm nutrient status for an improved fertiliser programme.
Soil analysis is a valuable tool to monitor the levels of soil nutrients available to the pasture or crop.Most New Zealand pastoral soils are deficient in phosphorus, sulphur and to a lesser extent potassium and some trace elements can also be deficient. Soil testing takes the guess work out of nutrient management and allows cost effective fertilizer programmes to be produced ,targeting fertilizer applications where they are most required to meet the owner's objectives.
For more information: 0800 77 55 11