To provide a representative sample,  please collect soil from 20-30 locations across the block you’re testing. Combine samples and then take a single sample of 500 g from the combined samples. Please ensure your sample is free from rocks, pebbles and solid clods. Avoid taking samples immediately after rain or irrigation.

Please refer to our Sampling Guide  for full details on collecting samples.

QuickSoil Testing

Accurately monitoring your crop’s root zone throughout your crop’s growth cycle enables you to make fast and effective decisions to improve your crop yield before harvest.

QuickSoil tests provide a fast and accurate assessment of the readily available nutrients in the active root zone of a plant. As it focuses on immediate plant available nutrients only, results can be provided within 48 hours.

We recommend combining Sap and QuickSoil tests to understand both the available nutrients in the soil and your crop’s ability to access them. By responding to deficiencies during the growing season, you can reduce your chance of crop loss and maximise your yield.   

How to sample

The accuracy of your results depends on how the sample is collected, handled and stored before it arrives at our laboratory, as well as our laboratory’s testing methodologies and sample handling procedures. As such, we ask you to follow the sampling guide provided and to take due care with the packaging and delivery of your sample (see our recommendations in the QuickSoil Sampling Guide).

Getting the full picture

It is important to remember QuickSoil analysis only provides one piece of the puzzle when you’re trying to understand the cause of nutritional problems in your crop. We provide QuickSoil and Sap Combo packages so you can see the nutritional levels in your plant leaves as well.

Plant size, vigour and rate of growth should be observed and sap or dry tissue and irrigation water analysed to complement the soil analysis. This will enable you to form a more complete picture of the inter-relationship between the plants, their growing environment and your farm management practices. 

Testing provides the most benefits when it is scheduled and conducted as part of a regular, ongoing program that enables you to identify trends, seasonal changes and responses to any adjustments you are trialling. If you would like advice on developing a testing and analysis program for your farm, please contact us. We can also help you to establish trial protocols to establish and verify the efficacy of changes you are planning.