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Apal Agricultural Laboratory


APAL is committed to research, development and innovation in agriculture by offering leading edge services and contributing to the future and sustainability of the industry. We are the preferred supplier and industry collaborator of leading Australian research organisations including SARDI, University of Adelaide, CSIRO, plus a large number of industry and grower groups. APAL provides a range of flexible services to the research industry which can include;

  • Analysis
  • Analysis of prepared samples
  • Collaboration on projects
  • Method development

Our systems allow seamless uploads of large submission datasets into the laboratory system, along with flexible data reporting options. Get in touch with APAL to discuss further our commitment and service to R&D.

Recent projects

APAL’s adoption of new spectroscopic methods for high throughput soil analysis already has us working with leading research organisation on a range of industry projects.

University of Adelaide and APAL

Standard soil analysis for several soil properties can be expensive and time-consuming. However, infrared spectroscopy offers a rapid alternative method that can be relatively cost-effective once set up as a soil property prediction tool.

This project aims to set up MIR techniques at the APAL soil and plant testing laboratory for predicting a range of soil and plant properties from infrared spectra. Using infrared spectroscopy will allow us to generate data on specific soil properties to improve our interpretation in a variety of crops and varying soil types.

National Paddock Survey Project

The ‘National Paddock Survey’ initiative is funded by the GRDC (Grains Research and Development Corporation) and is a joint project led by the BCG (Birchip Cropping Group) in association with CSIRO, farming systems groups and agronomic consultants in the Western, Northern and Southern GRDC regions.

Crop performance data will be collected throughout the cropping cycle (pre-sowing to harvest) on two production zones in 250 paddocks nationally and correlated to plant water use. This data will be used to identify the major constraints to production in different regions and soil types.

APAL is conducting the lab analysis for this 5-year project.

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