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Apal Agricultural Laboratory

Soil Testing

APAL’s comprehensive and accurate soil analysis will form the basis for your specific soil fertility and amelioration programs.

Good, fertile soil drives agricultural production, and a detailed understanding is the first step towards realising its full potential. Soil analysis is fundamental to understanding your soil and APAL provides you with a detailed analysis to form the basis for specific soil fertility and/or ameliorantion required to correct physical or chemical soil imbalances.

Why Soil test?

Predictive -  What’s the nutritional status of my soil? What soil chemical properties are limiting my production?

Trouble Shooting -  Are chemical properties in my soil causing underperformance or affecting yield?

Monitoring -  Have there been any changes to the chemical properties of my soil over time.

  • Assess the capacity of the soil to support plant growth
  • Establish current soil nutritional status
  • Diagnose plant nutrient deficiencies/toxicities
  • Make informed decisions for soil management and fertiliser applications to maximise yields and profits
  • Indicate the ameliorants required to correct physical or chemical soil imbalances
  • Monitor soil fertility; ensure we are not mining soil, building soil health and fertility
  • Fine tune nutritional inputs
  • Ensure fertiliser applications have no adverse environmental effects
  • Apply precision agricultural technology

Additionally, establishing a fertile soil will improve:

  • Yields
  • Quality of produce — appearance, weight, taste, shelf life
  • Food nutrient value
  • Resistance to pests and diseases
  • Livestock performance
  • Water use efficiency
  • Fertiliser use efficiency
  • Profit

Apal Soil testing

APAL offers a wide variety of flexible soil analysis groups to cover the needs of all regions and crops in Australia. The flexibility we offer in our analaysis also means we can custom quote any specific projects requiring testing outside our standard test analysis groups. APAL provides the innovative option of choosing how your data output is presented. Flexible delivery of data to meet your needs, which may be summary reports displaying critical levels, excel data or direct delivery into your nutritionor management systems.

Reporting examples:

Technical Report (Complete)

File size: 203 KBFile format: pdf

Premium Report

File size: 300 KBFile format: pdf

Choose your soil testing group and add extra tests as required. The basic groups are displayed in the table below. Many extra analysis are available. Please see our product services/price list for more details. Customised tests are also available if our range of test groups do not meet your needs.

Basic Standard Complete Premium
pH (Water) pH (CaCl2)
Electrical Conductivity (EC)
Organic Carbon
Nitrate N, Ammonium N
PBI
Sulfur
Colwell K
Colwell Phosphorus (Extra P tests DGT, Olsen can be added )
pH (Water) pH (CaCl2)
Electrical Conductivity (EC)
Organic Carbon
Nitrate N, Ammonium N
PBI
Sulfur
Colwell K
Colwell Phosphorus (Extra P tests DGT, Olsen can be added )
pH (Water) pH (CaCl2)
Electrical Conductivity (EC)
Organic Carbon
Nitrate N, Ammonium N
PBI
Sulfur
Colwell K
Colwell Phosphorus (Extra P tests DGT, Olsen can be added )
pH (Water) pH (CaCl2)
Electrical Conductivity (EC)
Organic Carbon
Nitrate N, Ammonium N
PBI
Sulfur
 
Phosphorus (Olsen/Bray)
 
 
Exchangeable Cations
(Ca, Mg, K, Na)
Exchangeable aluminium & acidity (pHw < 7.0)
ECEC
Exchangable Cations
(Ca, Mg, K, Na)
Exchangeable aluminium & acidity (pHw < 7.0)
ECEC
Exchangeable Cations
(Ca, Mg, K, Na)
Exchangeable aluminium & acidity (pHw < 7.0)
ECEC
 
 
DTPA (Trace elements)
(Mn, Zn, Cu, Fe)
Boron
DTPA (Trace elements)
(Mn, Zn, Cu, Fe)
Boron

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