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Best Choices for the Perfect Soil Testing and More

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The agricultural analysis laboratory center processes about 8,000 soil samples per year. Two-thirds of these come from the farming community. You can learn more about it and come up with the best results.

Soil analysis is an essential tool for obtaining the best yields for crops while respecting the environment. The application of reasoned manure has become an environmental imperative (groundwater protection), legal (Nitrates Directive, CAP conditionality) and economic (management of fertilization costs).

In accordance with the Code of Good Agricultural Practices, the activities of the chemistry and soil physics laboratories make it possible to better manage the soil capital of Walloon Brabant (located in a vulnerable zone) by conducting land analyzes for manures background with the analysis of agronomic parameters or for nitrogen fertilization with mineral nitrogen residues or spring profile.

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The best time to do a soil test is at the end of the winter, before applying fertilizer or other amendments in order to better assess the fertility of your plots.  We advise you, therefore, suitable mineral fertilization, taking into account the winter leaching, the mineralization of the organic matter coming from the farm effluents applied.

Concerned with the environment, the laboratory also carries out the analysis of environmental parameters in the soils in order to detect possible pollution in metallic trace elements, in reference to Appendix 1 of the decree of December 5th, 2008 on the soil pollution.

Soaring, the analysis of the texture of the soil, strongly demanded by the universities and the research centers makes it possible to give an idea on the behavior of the ground, on its structure and to give information in particular on the risk of batting, the Walloon Brabant is located mainly in the Limonene Agricultural Region. In a continuing effort to maintain the quality of its analytical, laboratory soil chemistry and soil physics involved in the work of Strings “Mineral Sol” and “Nitrates” network Requasud and the circular tests.

Agronomic and environmental parameters

The Agricultural Analytical Laboratories cluster processes about 5,000 soil samples per year for conventional soil chemical analyzes. Half of these samples come from the agricultural sector. Almost 20% comes from universities and test centers.

The purpose of soil analysis is to define the fertility status of soil, that is, its ability to provide crops with high yields and quality. It will establish reasoned manure advice. This targeted advice on the plot will allow:

To ensure the culture in place a correct diet taking into account the available nutrient reserves in the soil and the needs of the proposed crop.

To correct any deficiencies

To limit fertilizer intake for better respect of the environment

The soil analysis also makes it possible to determine any pollution in the soil by the measurement of trace elements.

The levy is a key step, not to be overlooked, for obtaining quality advice. This must be representative of the plot to be sampled. A maximum area of ​​5 he will be recommended in a homogeneous plot for a sample.

The laboratory offers different analysis menus to meet your needs:

Analyzes of types A: pH_KCl, organic carbon (humus), Ca, Mg, P, K and fertilizer advice

P-type analysis for meadow: pH_KCl, Ca, Mg, P, K, Na, Cu and fertilizer tip

Type B analysis: Type A + N, Fe, Mn, Chloride, and conductivity + fertilizer board

Type C Analysis: Cation Exchange Capacity