Soil Testing Features and Add-ons

Information on each type of soil test feature and add-on.
Why test for Boron? What is CEC exactly? Learn it all here.


ALUMINIUM: Aluminum Testing is recommended on extremely acid soils (pH < 5.0). EXCEPT if growing acid-loving ornamentals, blueberries and cranberries that are adapted to acid soils.
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BORON: Boron Testing is recommended for plants with B increased requirements like most multi-fruiting crops. Necessary for proper flowering and fruit set. (tomatoes, berries, crucifers, vines, etc) and legumes (alfalfa, peanuts, etc) Increases fruit set, aids in pollination, calcium utilization (sometimes culprit behind blossom-end rot) and sugar transport.
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C.E.C. & % BASE SATURATION (Mehlich-3 or Ammonium Acetate upon request): Recommended for EQUIP Program and Consultants/Farmers used to CEC soil tests.
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CHLORIDES: Chlorides Testing is recommended on grain crops such as corn, sorghum, wheat, barely, etc. have shown good response to applications. Also recommended on highly Saline/ Sodic soils for remediation.
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COBALT: Cobalt Testing is recommended for forages for livestock health.
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(LOI) ORGANIC MATTER: Total Organic Matter composed of un-decomposed and fully broken down forms of organic matter. Recommended on Organic Programs.
For more information on (LOI) Organic Matter testing, contact us today at 956-383-0739 and speak with us about your needs.
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MOLYBDENUM: Recommended for Legumes (Alfalfa, Peanuts, clovers, etc) and Forages (essential for livestock health).
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SELENIUM: Recommended for forages for livestock health.
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SILICON: Recommended if testing for Boron as Boron and Silicon have a unique relationship. Accounts for all transport in plants basis of capillary action. Highly recommended if have disease pressure or lodging problems in grains.
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SOIL TEXTURE: Texture of Soil by Feel Analysis. Rated from 1 (Sandy) through 6 (Clay).
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TEXTURE / BOUYOUCOUS: Particle Size Analysis by Hydrometer (% Sand, % Silt and % Clay).
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SOLVITA: A new tool for gardeners, farmers and scientist to evaluate soil microbial respiration. Soil Respiration (Microbial Biomass) is an important aspect of soil quality.
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SULFATES: Recommended on most plants especially on sandy soils, high rainfall areas and/or Organic Matter levels less than 2%. Constituent of proteins.
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