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Soil nutrient testing is an important tool for farmers at all scales of production. Basic soil testing should include: pH, organic matter %, C:N ratio, total N, Electrical Conductivity (Salts), P, K, Ca, Mg, Cu, Zn, Fe, Mn, B, S. Cation exchange capacity (CEC) is another good test, though is usually more expensive. Further, CEC can be estimated to be adequate in soils high in clay or organic matter.

To ensure an accurate soil test the soil must be properly sampled. A basic guide to soil sampling can be found here.
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Not sure what to do with your soil test information? Some labs will comment on nutrient levels and offer management suggestions, other s just give you test result values. Need help interpreting your test results? Here are some starting points:
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Soil Test Interpretation Guide 1
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Soil test Interpretation Guide 2
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Soil Test Interpretation Guide 3
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Please comment on your experience with any of the labs listed here and feel free to add new labs!
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Maxxam Analytics

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Founded over 40 years ago, Maxxam is the market leader in analytical services and solutions to the energy, environmental, food and DNA industries. Maxxam?s 2,000 dedicated employees proudly lead the industry in depth of technical and scientific expertise and serve customers through the only national network of laboratories. In processing over 2,000,000 samples and generating  Full Article…

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Soil Foodweb Canada Ltd.

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At Soil Foodweb Canada, we encourage the growth of life in soil, setting free currently unused, profit-making potential. By testing the soil and providing a wide range of detailed lab analysis reports, Soil Foodweb Canada can show you which organisms are present in your soil, how many are present, and whether you have the right  Full Article…

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M.B. Laboratories Ltd.

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Founded in 1983, M.B. Laboratories Ltd. is a full service analytical laboratory located in Sidney, British Columbia. We offer diagnostic and analytical services to a wide variety of professionals, businesses, consultants, private citizens, and government agencies in British Columbia and across Canada. The company also serves clients throughout the U.S., Japan and Europe. The highly  Full Article…

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Agrichem Analytical

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We are an analytical testing laboratory on Salt Spring Island serving all of British Columbia. With just one phone call, our clients get professional sampling and clear reporting – all within a week. Results are sent by mail, fax, email (pdf) or are available through our online database complete with custom report generation. For clients  Full Article…

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