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SOIL ANALYSIS

Soil sampling is one of the simplest land management tools available to today's grower.  The science behind soil analysis establishes a baseline inventory of soil composition. Using the information that soil sampling provides to manipulate soil composition is
what fertility is all about.  Waters Agricultural Laboratories, Inc. combines the best in equipment, personnel, experience  and reputation to provide testing results  you can trust.  And...with our FastBack 24-48 Hour Turnaround Times, waiting weeks for those results is a thing of the past.

Below please find listed our 4  basic soil analysis packages.  If additional tests are needed, please contact the lab for more information.

Soil Test Packages
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CROP SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDED)

ROUTINE TEST 1: Available Phosphorus, Exchangeable Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium and Hydrogen, Soil pH (Water and Buffer), Cation Exchange Capacity, and Percent Base Saturation of Cation Elements. PLUS ANY TWO OF: ZINC, MANGANESE, IRON, BORON, OR COPPER.

BASIC TEST 2: Available Phosphorus, Exchangeable Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium and Hydrogen, Soil pH (Water and Buffer), Cation Exchange Capacity, and Percent Base Saturation of Cation Elements.

BASIC TEST 3: Available Phosphorus, Exchangeable Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, and Hydrogen, Soil pH (Water and Buffer), Cation Exchange Capacity, and Percent Base Saturation of Cation Elements. PLUS: ZINC, MANGANESE, IRON, COPPER, and BORON

BASIC TEST 4: Available Phosphorus, Exchangeable Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, and Hydrogen Soil pH (Water and Buffer) ,Cation Exchange Capacity, and Percent Base Saturation of Cation Elements. PLUS SULFATE SULFUR, BORON, ZINC, MANGANESE, IRON, AND COPPER

Individual analysis can be done on any of the above referenced elements as well as... Aluminum, Sodium, Molybdenum, Cadmium, Chloride, Nickel, Lead, Nitrate Nitrogen, and Heavy Metals.

Also Available:

  • Organic Matter (Acid Digestion)
  • Soil Texture (%Sand, %Silt, %Clay, and Soil Classification)
  • Silica (SiO2)

Do you have a testing need not listed here?  Please let us know!  We can customize a test package to fit your needs.

e-mail: info@watersag.com  or call 229-336-7216.


SUPPLIES:
We provide all sampling supplies free of charge.  To order supplies, please contact the lab by calling 229-336-7216 or click here to order supplies online.  If you are prepared to ship samples now, you may print a
sample submission sheet immediately by clicking one of the following links (depending on lab location):

                 Camilla Georgia Lab: Georgia Information Sheet  

Owensboro Kentucky Lab: Kentucky Information Sheet

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ELEMENTS CHART:
The following information will help you gain a better understanding of your soil results and the role of primary, secondary and micro nutrients.

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N Nitrogen helps form amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins. Cu Copper is necessary for chlorophyll formation and also acts as a catalyst for other plant reactions.
P Phosphorus is utilized in the formation of nucleic acids and other chemicals which help in the development of healthy root systems, early growth, early maturity and seed production. Fe Iron acts as a catalyst for chlorophyll formation and also carries oxygen.  In addition, it helps form certain respiratory enzyme systems.  These functions make it critical to photosynthesis.
K Potassium is similar to phosphorus for root formation and also appears to promote disease resistance.  It increases the size and quality of fruits. Mn Manganese activates many metabolic reactions in plants and is directly involved in photosynthesis.  It accelerates germination and maturity and increases the availability of phosphorus and calcium.
S Sulfur is sometimes referred to as the "4th primary nutrient" since it must be present to form protein. Mo Molybdenum facilitates a plants proper use of nitrogen.  It is also used to convert inorganic phosphorus to organic forms.
Ca Calcium is used in root system and leaf development and is combined with other elements to form cell walls.   It also helps by activating other enzyme systems. Zn Zinc is necessary for the production of chlorophyll and carbohydrates and aids in the creation of plant growth substances, enzyme systems, and metabolic reactions.
Mg Magnesium is the central atom of the chlorophyll molecule which makes it absolutely necessary for photosynthesis.   It also plays a role in phosphate metabolism, plant respiration and enzyme systems. B Boron is essential for germination of pollen grains and growth of pollen tubes and for seed and cell wall formation.  Other functions aid in protein formation.
Cl Chlorine is used in photosynthesis and helps promote a more disease resistant plant.

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