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Category: Blog, corn
Presenting the latest Lab News for August 2015. Field reports of success with Sandblasted Corn and Hailed Corn. Texas Plant and Soil Lab is saving crops and saving farms. Learn more from the PDF. Requires PDF Reader: LAB-NEWS-2015-08
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 03:43:24 +0000

Category: Shows and Appearances
Heres a preview and overview of our Acres USA one-day workshop December 9th in Pittsburgh. This is definitely an advanced workshop especially for field consultants and very knowledgeable growers. Well keep updating you as details about the workshop and the conference develop. Download the PDF file here: 2015 Workshop Outline 2015 Workshop Outline Advanced Soil […]
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 03:31:19 +0000

Category: Blog, Acres USA 2015
Do not forget to plan for the 2015 Acres USA Conference. This year it’s from December 9th through 11th with pre-conference workshops on the 8th and 9th. Here is Acres’ currently posted schedule overview: http://www.acresusa.com/events/2015conference-overview Texas Plant and Soil Lab is pleased to be hosting our third pre-conference workshop. This year’s workshop will build on […]
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:20:41 +0000

Category: Blog, tpsl
Texas Plant and Soil Lab’s new lab-engineered sample drying system ensures that even as the work-load grows, your testing turn-around time won’t. The lab knows you need your test results as fast as technologically possible. So they’ve invested and invented and improved and improvised and created a whole new way to dry samples quicker without […]
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 02:07:25 +0000

Water Testing

Order Water Testing Online
You can now order Water Testing online. Ordering your water test online streamlines the process and provides online order status tracking.

Water Testing Online Category Page
For the entire Water Testing Category Page with How-To information, Descriptions and Pricing, Click Here.

Water Test Direct Links
To Click Through directly to the Water Test you wish to order, choose from the list below:

Other Useful Water Testing Documents

Water Analysis Guide Sheet
Heavy Metals Protocols Matrix
Example Water Test Results
Taking a Water Sample for Testing
Dealing with Salty Water Paper

To Order TP&S Lab Water Testing offline,
download the TP&S Lab Water Testing Multi-Sample Form
download the TP&S Lab Water Testing Single-Sample Form
download the TP&S Lab Testing Catalog & Price List

Why Water Test?

As we enter the 21st century, we encounter difficulty in obtaining adequate irrigation water supply. Many water sources have an increasing salt content. Effluent water containing salts must be used. In other areas, the water levels of the underground aquifers are rapidly decreasing and governments are severely restricting the amount of water which may be withdrawn for irrigation. In still other areas, the quality of the underground aquifers is very poor resulting in the application of large amounts of salts. Use of less than ideal water quality requires a carefully designed fertility and water management program to optimize the use of water and minimize damage to soil and plants from excess salts in the water.

Most quality standards were developed many years ago when there was less knowledge and products available to help minimize the harmful effects of salts.  Today with proper testing to identify the salt cations and anions, better water management is possible.  Identifying the cations and anions is needed to properly manage water along with a soil analysis that identifies the 4 major salt cations. Couple water knowledge with proper testing of soils for soluble and extractable calcium along with the humus content, treatments can be made to minimize salt stress and optimize salt leaching.  In the short run we can get more benefit from even good quality water with proper soil, plant and water test information.  Balanced plant nutrition improves water use efficiency.  Benefits from an inch of water can be tripled with the proper balance of plant food.

Water delivery systems such as Drip, micro-jet, LEPA, center pivot, etc., have all made big improvements in recent years.  In most fields water can be the biggest limiting yield factor.  However, just applying water does not necessarily recoup the investment in irrigation equipment; balanced plant nutrients and all BMP are needed.

Getting the most benefit from water depends mainly upon adequate and balanced plant nutrition. Even without irrigation the most profitable yields depend upon adequate nutrition so each inch of water makes the optimum yield. Ask the Plant® Petiole (Stem) or Leaf Testing is the only way to determine if the plant has adequate nutrition at any and all stages of growth. It is then very profitable to inject into the water system the right plant food and other aids in the right amount at the right time to get the highest return on the investment in water and plant food. Many new products are now on the market that can make farming more profitable when used properly.

Water samples from irrigation systems should be taken from the active system to be sure the sample is free of stagnant water and is representative of the water actually being applied to the turf.

Clean glass or plastic water bottles (20 oz) make good sample containers.

If sampling a lake or pond, samples should be taken at several locations and at several depths if possible.

These should be combined and a sample of the composite should be sent for analysis.

TP&S Lab also tests well water and drinking water for safety, health and peace of mind. We also test for the full spectrum of heavy metals, including Lead and Arsenic.

TP&S Lab also tests water for City Municipalities and Water Companies, for independent auditing and verification.

Please contact us today at 956-383-0739 and speak with us about your needs.

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