New soil testing aims to help farmers and agronomists understand soil in a more detailed way than ever before.
The tests from Eurofins Agro have been launched in the UK and Ireland to provide chemical, physical, and biological insight, offering farmers a better way to monitor, manage and improve the health and fertility of their soil
“Three new products – Fertilisation Manager, Soil Crop Monitor and Soil Life Monitor – are now available to UK and Irish farmers. They offer the most comprehensive way to analyse and improve soil health, says Eurofins Agro managing director Dan Robinson.
“This includes the chemical values of macro and micronutrients,” says Mr Robinson. “Soil pH and the overall structure of the soil is also analysed in conjunction with biological components such as fungi and bacteria,” he adds.
Microbial biomass from the sample will help farmers to understand sensitivity of the soil to farming methods such as ploughing. Bacteria in the sample will enable the accurate calculation of what nutrients need to be added to optimise plant health and growth.
Soil Crop Monitor analyses both the soil and the plant. This measures the plant available nutrients and the nutrients absorbed by the crop. It also identifies some physical characteristics such as pH and the quality of organic matter.
Soil fertility is a central factor in our fertilisation advice. Soils capable of properly binding nutrients provide significantly higher yields. Analysis results provide insights, enabling growers to improve and retain soil quality.
Phospholipid fatty acids found in soil can be measured to provide a fingerprint of soil content, says Mr Robinson. They degrade quickly in the soil, so the analysis gives an indication of the amount of living biomass, he adds.
“This is the most detailed routine analysis of soil life available and has countless applications for agriculture. We are excited to make all of these tests available to farmers and growers across the UK and Ireland.”
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