Midwest Labs Soil Health Test2014 is the year of the Soil Health Test

This test is getting a lot of publicity in 2014.

Organizations like the NCRS are promoting the value of soil health

As world population and food production demands rise, keeping our soil healthy and productive is of paramount importance. So much so that we believe improving the health of our Nation’s soil is one of the most important conservation endeavors of our time. Source USDA NRCS

At Midwest Laboratories we wanted a way to bring conventional soil testing and incorporate them with soil health principles. The Midwest Laboratories Soil Health Test is compromised of three components:

Component One – In-Depth Soil Analysis

The first piece of the soil health assessment is an in-depth soil analysis that will address the chemical aspects of the soil. This test package will include available phosphorus, exchangeable potassium, magnesium, calcium, and hydrogen, soil pH, cation exchange capacity, percent base saturation, organic matter, soluble salts, nitrate, and micronutrients.

Component Two – Solvita 1-day CO2C Test

The second component of the soil health assessment is the Solvita 1-day CO2C test. The Solvita soil respiration test measures the carbon dioxide being released by the soil microbes over a 24 hr period.

Component Three – Haney Test

The third component of the soil health assessment is commonly called the Haney test. This set of tests were developed by Rick Haney. The testing methods use green chemistry, in that water is used as a
natural extractant.

Based on these three components we are able to determine additional nitrogen that is available in your soil that may be credited towards your fertility program.

Source:  Memo 189 Soil Health – Midwest Laboratories, 2014


Check out the report and see how the analysis comes together to give you a better perspective of your soil health.

[slideshare id=34617608&doc=soilhealthreport-140513073051-phpapp01] For more information, check out the brochure and download the Soil Health Brochure

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This past week, Midwest Laboratories started to receive a large number of these types of soils. Turnaround time on this complete analysis is 5 days. If you have any questions, please take a minute and talk to one of our client services staff and learn more.