Other Testing

A range of other analyses are also carried out at APAL to complement the main soil and plant tissue testing service. These include tests on:

Manure & Compost

     APAL is not able to test raw or un-composted manure or untreated efficient.  We can only
     accept dry or composted materials. If in doubt, give us a call before sending in samples.

APAL Analysis - Total mineral levels only
APAL can only test Total Nitrogen to a max level of 10%.  This test includes the following mineral analysis:

Total Nitrogen (to <10%N), Boron, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese, Sodium, Phosphorus, Sulphur, Zinc, Aluminium, Cobalt, Molybdenum & Moisture Content.

Commercial Compost Analysis (AS4454) - test no longer available
APAL no longer tests compost samples to Australian Standard- AS4454.

If you need your compost samples tested for more than total mineral levels we suggest that you contact Nick Kofsaftis at the Veolia Laboratory (08 8260 3133)


Soil Total Organic Carbon

Analysis of soil for Total Carbon uses a catalysed high temperature combustion process (Dumas method).  Total Inorganic Carbon (mainly from soil carbonates) is then measured and deducted from the Total Carbon results to give an accurate   measurement of Total Organic Carbon

To read more about the APAL method: click here.

Soil Amendments

Lime, Gypsum & Dolomite are analysed for their Calcium, Magnesium and Sulphur content. Additional parameters include % purity, Total Neutralising Value (TNV) and Effective Neutralising Value (ENV). This process includes sieving the sample to determine the fineness of grind which directly affects the TNV and ENV.

The APAL report includes comments comparing the sample to the desired mineral content and test parameters for the various industry accepted grades for soil amendments.

Heavy Metals in Soil

Analysis includes: Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Boron, Cadmium, Cobalt, Chromium, Copper, Manganese, Nickel, Molybdenum, Lead, Selenium, Tin, Vanadium, Zinc and Mercury (needs to be specified).

These metals are generally accepted as potential contaminants of soil and produce that can impact human and animal health if present in excess quantities.

The additional Pro Ag Consulting  report examines how the test sample compares with the range of allowable nutrient levels as set down by Standards Australia, the Australian National Environmental Protection Council (NEPC) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) standards. The latter applies where organic standards are required.

Pesticide Residues

The test sample is analysed for specific pesticides in either the Organo-Chlorine (OC) or Organo-Phosphate (OP) categories. These include:

Organo-Chlorines

Aldrin, Alpha – BHC, Alpha – Endosulphan Beta – BHC, Beta – Endosulphan, Chlordane (a, g, oxy-Chlordane), DDD, DDT, Delta – BHC, Dieldrin, Endosulphan Sulphate, Endrin, Endrin Aldehyde, Heptachlor, Heptachlorepoxide, Hexachlorobenzene, Lindane (gamma BHC), Mehtoxychlor.


Organo-Phosphates

Chlorpyrifos, Chlorpyrifos Methyl, Diazinon, Ethion, Fenitrothion, Fenthion, Malathion, Parathion, Parathion Methyl, Ronnel.

Similar to heavy metals, these pesticides are generally accepted as potential contaminants of soil and produce that can impact human and animal health if present in excess quantities.

The additional Pro Ag Consulting report examines how the test sample compares with the range of allowable nutrient levels as set down by Standards Australia, the Australian National Environmental Protection Council (NEPC) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) standards. The latter applies where organic standards are required.

Further information

Pricing  all APAL tests 2013-2014

DOWNLOAD SUBMISSION FORMS HERE: