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Benefits of Testing

Benefits of Testing

Soil Testing: The Best Management Practice

  • Increases productivity by identifying soil nutrients or soil chemical factors that are limiting plant growth
  • Increases fertilizer use efficiency by indicating appropriate rates for different soils and crops;
  • Protects the environment by reducing over fertilization
  • Identifies polluted or contaminated soils.

Water Testing 

  • Protects the health of people, livestock, and crops;
  • Identifies polluted or contaminated water supplies;
  • Indicates the suitability of water for various uses.

 Forage and Feed Testing

  • Aids in identification of best management practices for forage production;
  • Improves marketability of the forage;
  • Increases livestock feeding efficiency;
  • Prevents livestock poisoning from nitrate.

 Manure and Animal Waste Testing

  • Use nutrients efficiently by knowing the content of various types of manure;
  • Provide information for Nutrient Management Plan development and water quality protection;
  • Ensure waste treatment facility functioning properly.

 Greenhouse Media Testing 

  • Ensure adequate and balanced nutrients;
  • Maintaining appropriate pH;
  • Avoid high salinity and other toxic elements building up in the media
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