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The Growth Of Agriculture And Food Industries
BHI supports sector growth in agriculture, food and environmental industries nationally and internationally. The laboratory produces objective scientific evidence that establishes and promotes the safety of agriculture and food products in domestic and international market places.The most important ingredient for ensuring crop success is healthy balanced soil. BHI Labs analyses soil and plant material for agricultural use and produces analysis of soil and leaf nutrients and various other soil characteristics. Inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) measures individual elements, including metals, to indicate soil micronutrient availability, crop micronutrient uptake and water quality. Our food quality division further assesses the chemical compounds in soil and vegetative samples, testing whether the produce grown in it is healthy, free of toxins and complies with the required safety standards. Food safety and security starts with knowledge. At BHI we are making that knowledge happen. Contact us if you need more information or have questions about how we can help your farming operation.
- Soil Texture AnalysisSoil texture affects soil fertility and nutrient management. Coarser soils are less able to hold and retain nutrients than finer soils. For example, coarse-textured soil, such as sand, allows nitrogen to leach faster than fine-textured soil, such as sandy clay loam, clay loams, and clay.
- How Much Fertilizer Do Farmers Need?Farmers face a balancing act when deciding how much fertilizer to apply. Applying too much wastes money and adds to nutrient runoff problems. Applying too little reduces yields. Soil testing will tell you exactly how much of each vital nutrient is in your soil, as well as what type and how much fertilizer is required.
- Greenhouse Irrigation Water QualitySoil texture affects soil fertility and nutrient management. Coarser soils are less able to hold and retain nutrients than finer soils. For example, coarse-textured soil, such as sand, allows nitrogen to leach faster than fine-textured soil, such as sandy clay loam, clay loams, and clay.
- How Healthy Is Your Garden Soil?To have a successful garden, have your soil tested and amend it if necessary to create the best possible growing environment for plants. Testing your soil means you determine the pH level and nutrient content. Both are important factors in how well your garden grows.
- Tissue Analysis 101In field crops, plant tissue analysis, in conjunction with a soil test, can serve as a check on a fertilizer program. Plant tissue analysis can also serve as a trouble shooting tool to diagnose a suspected nutrient deficiency. Testing
- Soil Testing in the SpringSoil testing done in the spring, for your lawn or garden, makes it the best indicator of fertilizer requirements for that growing season.