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Soil in hands

Soil analysis provides the base fertility level of a soil. With this information it is possible to plan lime and fertiliser applications to take into account the soil's natural nutrient resource. Over fertilising wastes money and can cause environmental problems, while to under fertilise can cause loss of yield. Economic returns from fertilisers can only be achieved by taking into account the soil's natural fertilising potential.

Soil pH is one of the most important soil properties. If pH is not correct then yield can be affected. Soil analysis will determine the actual pH of the soil and the amount of lime required to adjust the pH to a suitable level for plant growth. Soil analysis can also identify whether crop growth could be restricted by trace element problems and determine the necessary treatments required.

Downloads for Sampling and Submitting

Soils tests offered include:

  • pH & Lime Requirement
  • Fresh pH (Using GPS sample pots.  Enquiries to the ASD Lab)
  • RU (pH, Lime Requirement, Extractable P, XK, XMg)
  • DEFRA RU (pH, Lime Requirement, DEFRA Extractable P, XK, XMg)
  • Soil Extractable P & K only
  • Soil Texture
  • Soil Conductivity
  • Soil LOI (Loss on Ignition)
  • Soil Extractable Calcium
  • Soil Extractable Copper
  • Soil Extractable Zinc
  • Soil Extractable Manganese
  • Soil Extractable Sulphur
  • Soil Extractable Sodium
  • Soil Total Nitrogen (Kjeldahl)
  • Soil Organic Carbon (Wet Oxidation)
  • Soil Extractable Boron
  • Soil Extractable Ammonium Nitrogen
  • Soil Extractable Nitrate Nitrogen
  • Soil Extractable Molybdenum
  • Soil Extractable Cobalt
  • Soil Extractable Aluminium
  • Soils - Livestock Package (RU, SOXCo, SOXCu)
  • Soil Check - Landscape Package (DEFRA RU, DEFRA Conductivity, Texture, LOI)
  • Soil Check - Contamination Assessment (Total Cu, TZn, TAs, TCd, TPb, TCr, THg, TNi, Extractable B)
  • Soils - Arable Package (RU, Extractable Cu, XZn, XMn, XS, XB, LOI)
  • Soil Mandatory Heavy Metals Package (TZn, TCu, TNi, TCd, TPb, THg, TCr, TMo, LOI)
  • Soil Additional Heavy Metals Package (TAs, TSe, XF)
  • Soil Total Copper
  • Soil Total Zinc
  • Soil Total Selenium
  • Soil Total Mercury
  • Soil Total Arsenic
  • Soil Total Fluoride

Analytical Services Department

Central Analytical Laboratory

Address: SRUC Veterinary Services, Pentland Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian, EH26 0PZ

Telephone: 0131 535 3170

Fax: 0131 535 3171


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