Soil, Water and Forage Analytical Laboratory (SWFAL)

Benefits of Testing

Benefits of Testing

Soil Testing: The Best Management PracticeBenefits1

  • 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 preventing over fertilization;
  • Identifies polluted or contaminated soils.

Water TestingBenefits Water

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

Forage and Feed TestingBenefits Hay

  • 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 TestingBenefits Manure

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


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