Soil acidity affects the availability of Nitrogen, Phosphate & Potash as well as Calcium & Magnesium. It is important to make sure your soil is at the optimum pH level for arable or grassland to help maximize fertiliser and chemical effectiveness and to improve yields.
Soil pH testing is the backbone of our business. We test the soil on site, in genuine field conditions so we can pinpoint variations in pH levels accurately. This removes the chance of soil samples getting mixed up during transport to a lab, where soil status can often change prior to analysis.
Using quad bikes or walking tramlines we will divide the field into grids and take multiple pH samples across the whole field to establish any isolated patches of soil acidity. Using test tubes and soil indicator we can obtain a quick and reliable test for your soil that now has the backing of the RB209 Fertiliser manual.
Our experienced advisers will firstly establish whether or not you actually have a lime requirement. (Our soil pH tests have been checked by ADAS and found to be very accurate. We also come recommended by several agronomists) We then create maps and recommendations based on the results, soil type & cropping before deciding which liming material is the most beneficial and cost effective for your land.
Extract from RB209 – On soils where acidity is known to occur, more frequent testing may be needed than the four-year cycle used for phosphate, potash and magnesium. Since acidity can occur in patches, spot testing with soil indicator across the field is often useful. Soil indicator can also be useful on soils which contain fragments of free lime, since these can give a misleadingly high pH when analysed following grinding in the laboratory.