Know your soil

To ensure the best results for your soil AB Lime offers some of the most comprehensive testing on the market. With this information we are able to work with you to truly understand your soil needs, reducing the need for unnecessary additional nutrients and reduce the risk of run-off.

Some of our many tests include:

Soil testing

  • Agricultural
  • Horticultural
  • Organic
  • All paddock testing
  • Contaminated soil
  • DDT testing
  • Pesticide residue testing

Plant Testing

  • Agricultural
  • Horticultural

Feed testing

  • Pasture & forage
  • Silage
  • Nitrate feed testing

AB Lime uses independent New Zealand labs for all their testing

Why chemically test your soil?

The advantages of soil testing are:

  • Results show pH which can influence nutrient availability
  • Results show levels of nutrients in the soil
  • Enables fertiliser programs to be targeted to soil and crop requirements
  • Saves money by applying only the fertilisers you need

Soil Physical Properties

The physical properties of a soil can have as large an impact on plant growth as its chemical fertility. There are a number of indicators that can be easily observed that might suggest a decline in soil structure:

  • Low resistance to erosion
  • Surface crusting
  • Cloddiness
  • Specific plant indicators
  • Ponding
  • Hard surfaces
  • Poor infiltration
  • Colour of soil indicating presence of organic matter

Herbage Testing

Herbage testing is a tool that complements soil testing.

Plants growing in nutrient deficient soils show it in the way that they grow. Yellowing or dry edges, stunted roots or deformed fruit could be due to nutrient deficiencies. However sometimes physical conditions can be confusing, as it takes an experienced person to determine whether a plant is suffering from a deficiency or a toxicity! Herbage analysis gives assurance to visual indicators.

It is important to remember that while a herbage test can tell you what nutrients are or are not being taken up by a plant, it does not tell you why.

AB Lime consultants are able to take herbage samples, send them away and help interpret the results for you. We use Hills Laboratories to analyse herbage samples.