Soil Sampling

Soil sampling is a vital exercise to find out the soil fertility and nutrient levels on your farm. It is used to determine the type and amounts of fertilisers that should be applied, and is necessary to make an accurate nutrient management plan. We offer two types of test, basic and broad spectrum analysis. Basic will measure the pH, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium. Broad Spectrum will measure the same as the basic test plus a range of trace elements including sulphur, calcium, and zinc.

Soil sampling is a part of the eco-scheme pillar of the new Common Agricultural Policy to ensure applicants have adequate pH levels on their farms. When lime is at the right levels, it greatly improves the uptake of other elements in the soil.

Samples should be taken for a maximum area of 3Ha, with a minimum of 20 individual soil cores per sample. 300 – 500g is enough soil per sample. Do not take samples for at least 3 months after the last application of P and K. For the eco-scheme, the analysis must include organic matter.

Samples can be dropped into us for analysis, or locally our team of agronomists can arrange to take samples for you.

While soil sampling is predominantly done for agricultural use, it is often done for amenity situations such as football pitches and golf courses. Our sister company White’s Amenity can assist with testing/sampling of non-agricultural areas.