Alpaca Hay/Feedstuff/Soil Analysis

Alpaca

Hay & Feedstuff Testing

Recommended by Dr. Norm Evans

  For information on the proper way to take a Hay, or Feedstuff sample Click Here 

For the Hay/Feedstuff Information Sheet Click Here

Test Desired

AG

Moisture, Dry Matter, Crude Protein, Acid Detergent Fiber, Neutral Detergent Fiber, TDN, NE1, NEm, NEg, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Copper, Manganese, Zinc, Iron, Relative Feed Value (RFV), Non-Fiber Carbohydrate (NFC)……$50.00 each

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Ruminant Energy Equation

Moisture, Dry Matter, Crude Protein, Available Crude Protein, Adjusted Crude Protein, Acid Detergent Fiber, Acid Detergent Fiber Crude Protein, Lignin, Lignin Insoluble Ash, Neutral Detergent Fiber, Neutral Detergent Fiber Crude Protein, Neutral Detergent Fiber Protein Free, Non-Fiber Carbohydrate (NFC), Crude Fat, TDN, NEl, NEm, NEg, Ash, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Potassium, Sulfur, Sodium, Copper, Manganese, Zinc, Iron, Relative Feed Value (RFV), Qualitative Nitrate……………………………………………………………………………………………………………$79.00 each

(Most accurate ruminant analysis available for feedstuff Energy Prediction)

Water Testing

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Soil Testing

For information on the proper way to take a soil sample Click Here 

For the Soil Information Sheet Click Here

Test Desired

A

Standard Soil Test Includes: Organic Matter, pH, Buffer pH (Lime Test Index), Available Phosphorus and Exchangeable Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) and Percent Base Saturations of Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium and Sodium. Plus, recommendations for Nitrogen, Phosphate, Potash, Magnesium and Lime. (For recommendations, please include field history). This package is recommended for pastures, field crops, vegetable gardens, new lawns, ornamental shrubs, trees, or any highly managed lawns and ornamental plants ………$30.00 each.

 

D

Diagnostic Soil Nutrient Test ..( Includes: Standard test A plus Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Copper, Sulfate Sulfur, Soluble Salts (EC), Boron, Nitrate-Nitrogen ………………………………………………………………………………….………………. $86.00 each.

Please see the following chart. Each horizontal graph section represents an important element needed for optimal plant growth. The vertical lines represents different pH levels in the soil. The thin or narrow part of each horizontal section means that the absorption and availability of that element into the plant is reduced.

pH

Let us use phosphorus as an example. We can see that when a soil has a pH of 6.5 to 7.5, the available phosphorus in the soil will be absorbed into the plants. When I studied this chart, I also learned that a soil with a pH above 7.5 is just as bad as a soil that has below 6.5 pH. The horizontal graph section for phosphorus becomes more narrow outside of the 6.5 to 7.5 range.

How many of us do not know what our soil pH is for the garden, truck patch, etc.? If we do not have a current soil test, then we can only guess on the amount of Lime or fertilizer to apply. As a reminder of the importance of the soil test report, please review the pH chart.

We always hear at the produce grower meetings that quality and quantity will help the auction to continue to be successful. Do you agree with Ron Becker that testing pH and other elements is a start to customizing a soil fertility program for your needs?

If you are interested in knowing more about your soil fertility parameters, please follow the instructions on “How To Take A Soil Sample”.