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The value of testing

  • Testing allows you to monitor soil, plant and water conditions and check the effectiveness of fertilizers and soil amendments.
  • Testing gives you the ability to adjust and fine-tune your products and product applications.
  • Ability to troubleshoot specific problem areas

Sampling Guide

Scroll down for sampling instructions or Click Here for a PDF copy.

Information Sheets Click Here 

Simply fill-out and print an information sheet to include with your samples. Please enter all essential information and include a completed info sheet with each sample shipment.

Example Report Click here 

WATER TESTING OPTIONS -  Turf
Irrigation Water Test Packages
Irrigation Suitability Test Includes:

Hardness
pH
Bicarbonate
Carbonate
Electrical Conductivity
Sodium
Chloride
Nitrate
Sulfate

Sodium Absorption Ratio
Phosphorus
Sodium
Potassium
Magnesium
Calcium
Manganese
Iron
Boron                  

Individual Dissolved Minerals:
Aluminum
Boron
Calcium
Copper
Iron

Magnesium
Potassium
Phosphorus
Sodium
Zinc                           

Total N-P-K Test:
(for dilute fertilizer solutions)
Total Nitrogen
Total Phosphorus
Total Potassium
Individual Analysis:
(for all above water analysis packages)
Total Alkalinity
Hardness (Mg & Ca)
Ammonium Nitrogen
Nitrate-Nitrogen
Total Nitrogen
IRRIGATION WATER SAMPLING INSTRUCTIONS 

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Analysis included in the
Harris Laboratories Irrigation Suitability test package includes:

Water pH, Hardness, Bicarbonate, Carbonate, Electrical Conductivity (Ecw), Total Dissolved Solids, Sodium, Chloride, Boron, Sodium Absorption Ratio, Nitrate, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Sulfate, Manganese, Iron.

STEPS FOR COLLECTING WATER SAMPLES FOR AN IRRIGATION-SUITABILITY TEST:
  • A clean plastic container should be used. Rinse the bottle (including the lid) several times with the water to be tested. If desired, the laboratory will supply sampling kits, including clean plastic bottles.
  • To reflect what the water quality is at the time of application, collect sample from the pumping station or within the irrigation system.
  • If a system of irrigation wells (ground water) are being used, sample each well separately. This will qualify the water specifically from each well. (This is important if pumping into a holding pond.)
  • When collecting sample from the irrigation system, let water run for two to three minutes before collecting the sample. (This will purge static water from the system.)
  • When sampling from a pond, collect water from the pumping station. If possible, DO NOT collect the water from the side of the irrigation pond, sediment will act as a contaminant.
  • Fill bottle and eliminate all head space. Be sure lid is tight so that samples do not leak out during transit. Laboratory needs at least 100 ml (about 6 ounces) of water.
  • If using glass, be sure to use adequate packaging.
  • If possible, collect and ship sample/samples the same day.
  • Be sure bottles are clearly identified and necessary paperwork is completed before shipping.
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