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Updates For 2014
TP&S Lab has undergone a major update to our testing packages and pricing. It has been more than four-and-a-half years since we last had any price changes and we can no longer put off the inevitable. In addition to prices, there are some major changes in soil tests.
The Comprehensive CO2 Extraction Method Soil Test is now simply called the “TPSL® Soil Test”. Because we believe that Texas Plant & Soil Lab is now the only lab that offers this once-popular test, we simplified the name.
After years of watching Boron levels decline in soils across the board – due generally to depleted organic matter – Boron analysis is now a standard part of the TPSL® Soil Test, rather than being offered as an optional extra.
Several tests have been dropped – the Basic Soil Nutrients Test and the Standard CO2 Extraction Method Test. These were dropped because they did not include essential soil nutrients necessary for healthy plants.
Getting all the Info
A special note when purchasing soil testing from our retailer at SoilKits.com: We are receiving a lot of samples without the required information being furnished by the customer. All the information requested is essential for TP&S Lab to provide you with accurate interpretations and recommendations. We must especially have the Crop or Plants being grown; the Area the sample represents; the Sample Interval, and your Irrigation Water source. If you have not furnished this information, we will have to contact you for it and your report will be delayed. We cannot test samples until we have sufficient information to complete a report, so be sure to provide your telephone number and e-mail address. Also, please provide a history of the area to the best of your knowledge and fertilizers, adjuvants, compost, etc. you have applied. All of these things are factored into our interpretations and recommendations.
TP&S Lab too often receive bags or bottles of samples with no identification at all in containers without the client’s name or address. As you may suppose, these samples are set aside until we hear from so me one wondering where his report is. One of the main benefits of SoilKits.com to you is notification by us letting you know your sample has been received. But we have to know to whom the sample belongs. Be sure to always include the lab sheet in the shipping container. If you are sending in bulk samples or are using your own zip-lock bags and shipping containers, be sure to tape around the bags and pack them securely in the container to prevent bursting during shipment.
What’s In Your Water Becomes Part Of Your Soil™
We are seeing big problems almost universally with irrigation water quality. Aside from damaging or killing crops, bad water can do serious long-term damage to the soil. If you irrigate, we strongly urge you to order one of the irrigation water tests along with a soil test – especially if you know your water to be hard or salty. If you have bad water, we will use the water analysis as part of the interpretations and recommendations in your soil test report. Texas Plant & Soil Lab can offer solutions to mitigate bad quality irrigation water damage.
Call TP&S Lab at 956-383-0739 to talk about your testing needs today!