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Soil Analysis

Soil testing is an essential component of operating a successful, sustainable and economical agricultural enterprise. It is also vital in the understanding of soil health and its ability to grow high yielding, good quality grass and crops.The soil results provided by the Dairygold Analytical Services Laboratory arm our customers with a key decision-making tool that ensures the effective and efficient use of lime, fertilisers and trace elements.

 

 

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Soil Analysis Services

Dairygold Analytical Services Laboratory offers a wide range of soil testing services ranging from basic test of pH, P & K to Trace Element Analysis.

 

Full Range Of Tests:

Standard Package:

  • pH
  • Lime Requirement
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium

Grassland Package:

  • pH
  • Lime Requirement
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium

Soil Organic Matter:

  • pH
  • Lime Requirement
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Organic Matter

 

Tillage Package:

  • pH
  • Lime Requirement
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Zinc

Extensive Grassland Package:

  • pH
  • Lime Requierment
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Cobalt
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Molybdenum
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
 

How to Sample Correctly

Before Sampling:

  • Gather soil sampling equipment;
    • Suitable soil corer – available from the laboratory and at your local Dairygold Branch Stores.
    • Sample Bag or box
    • Analysis request from
  • Soil sample at least every 3-5 years
  • Do not sample an area greater than 4 ha
  • Do not take a soil sample until 3 to 6 months after the last application of P and K or for 2 years where lime was applied

 

  • Take separate samples from areas that are different in:
    • Soil type
    • Previous cropping history
    • Slope
    • Drainage
  • Avoid any unusual spots:
    • Old Fences
    • Ditches
    • Drinking troughs
    • Dung or urine patches
    • Where fertiliser, manure or lime has been heaped or spilled
  • For a representative sample take a minimum of 20 soil cores by following a W shaped pattern across the sampling area and mix them together.
  • Ensure soil cores are taken to the correct sampling depth of 100mm (4″)
  • Place the soil sample ins a sample bag which should be labelled with the field number and customer account number
  • Fill out the soil sample detail form in full to avail of a fertiliser plan.
  • Return samples to Dairygold Agri Services Laboratory, Lombardstown
 

Soil Samping Guide and Request Form

Soil Sample Request Form:

Soil Sample Request Form

Soil Sample Request Form Guide:

Soil Sample Request Form Guide

 

Soil Sampling and Fertiliser Plan Request Form

Soil Sampling and Fertiliser Plan

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