But I have found this lab: https://www.csbp-fertilisers.com.au/docs/default-source/our-land-pdf/soil-pricelist-2016-17.pdf?sfvrsn=d292633e_0
what do your think? Is it a comprehensive test? And it is in WA I am in the Sydney region far away.
Here we get a "standard" test and a "comprehensive test", the latter of which just contains the available nitrogen in the soil. The latter is of no great use unless it is in the midst of the growing season. For instance, I just took a soil sample, and because I live in the Northern Hemisphere; we just started the growing season so no real need for available nitrogen, so I got the standard test. But last year when I had a soil taken in August as I had a field that was in rough shape; I had the comprehensive test done.
For you; being in the southern hemisphere and in autumn, you can get by with one of the cheaper tests I would think.
I really like their individual test prices, that allows you to get Exchangable cation concentrations for some of the primary minerals.
The comprehensive set is good but if you added this "Exchangeable Cations without pre-wash (Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Aluminium)
cost minus GST 14.95 cost w/GST 16.45 sample size required 15g", you would have a really good set of information.
Don't forget that silicon is a required mineral for micro organisms to be able to utilize calcium, iron and other important micronutrients, all of which will build you great soil.
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Angelika Maier, did you end up getting your testing done with this company? If so, would you recommend going with them?
Did they provide anything other than the lab results, or do they also provide suggestions for ways to amend the soil?
I have one that is 2" and one that is 1" ID rigid conduit pieces. I welded a second piece of the same piece on the top as the handle and made a cutout on the side for pushing out the sample.
If you do a search for "Soil Sampler device" you should be able to fashion one with out a lot of trouble.
Angelika Maier wrote:Not so far. I am going to but my beds are planted and it rained. I have to figure out a method to get a sample out that mimics a real tool... I will take Logan labs they are so much cheaper. I know I should buy Australian. I emailed them and it is OK to dry the soil sample in a food dehydrator (my oven would taint the results .
I was looking at Logan Labs since you mentioned now and it doesn't appear to be cheaper to me.
Logan labs complete package for $72 AUD equivalent, $55 USD (http://www.loganlabs.com/doc/LoganBrochure.pdf)
CSBP fertilisers comprehensive package for $64 AUD (https://www.csbp-fertilisers.com.au/docs/default-source/lab-new/price-lists/soil-analysis-pricelist-2017-18.pdf)
They seem fairly comparable tests (although I could be mistaken because I don't understand all the jargon).
And also the shipping and turn around for Australians to go to CSBP should be better as well. Is there something I'm missing?
My Market Gardening friends have used SWEP labs http://swep.com.au/ (especially for Calcareous soils) and find their results reliable.
True, though, if I can get enough of my act together and got many tests done for folks, I would use Logan Labs, since it is a much lower cost, even though I want to use "locals" as much as I can.
I would suggest avoiding CSBP (based on my values) as they are one of the big guys, heavily invested in the status-quo. Professional but if you are into permaculture, only use them if other choices are painful in my opinion.
They email the results in a couple weeks.