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Texas Plant and Soil Lab Tests Irish Soil for Potato Specific Crop

Growers send in their soil from all over the world, and we’re happy to add the Emerald Isle to that list. Soil Testing crop specific for Potatoes came in from Ireland over the last week. No matter where the Soil, No matter what the Plant~ You gotta go to Texas! Texas Plant and Soil Lab. […]

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TPSL is the 11th approved USCC Seal of Testing Assurance Lab

TPS Lab is the 11th approved US Composting Council Seal of Testing Assurance ( USCC STA ) laboratory for all participating STA composters in the U.S. and Canada! You can find us listed at http://compostingcouncil.org/labs/ . We’ve updated our compost testing forms and information to reflect US Composting Council’s Seal of Testing Assurance testing now […]

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Compost Camp Creedmoor TX 2011 Photos and Descriptions

Well, the Compost Advisory Council’s ( http://ReCyclingSTAR.org/cac/ ) Compost Camp 2011 is done and we’ve finally had time to put together a little photo essay. This was one of the most informative and relaxed events we’ve attended – it was non-stop education of relevant, practical stuff. This event was especially important because Texas in one […]

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Texas Plant & Soil Lab adds Google Search to Website & Blog

Texas Plant and Soil Lab adds Google Custom Search to their Website and Blog for ease in finding information, documents and forms. Search the Texas Plant and Soil Lab site here: http://www.texasplantandsoillab.com/search.asp Latest From Our Blog Texas Plant and Soil Lab Tests Irish Soil for Potato Specific Crop TPSL is the 11th approved USCC Seal […]

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TPSL Receives US Composting Council approval for STA approved Compost Testing

Texas Plant and Soil Lab ( TPSL ® ) has just received via phone call, approval from the U.S. Composting Council ( USCC ) to conduct Seal of Testing Assurance ( STA ) Approved Compost Testing. While TPSL ® has been conducting uniquely comprehensive and accurate Compost Quality Testing for years, this is the first […]

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Micronutrients and trace elements are essential for plant health.

Here is an article on a subject we’ve been harping about for years: http://www.croplife.com/clmag/?storyid=3540 It is nice to know that the agriculural industry is starting to get a clue. Micronutrients and trace elements are not only essential for plant nutrition, but for disease-fighting and insect resistance. Stressed plants are susceptible plants – and there is […]

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a collection of slide presentations by Dr. Joel Gruver of Western Illinois University

We’ve just been directed to an extremely useful web page: http://www.slideshare.net/jbgruver/presentations This is a collection of slide presentations by Dr. Joel Gruver of Western Illinois University. The presentations are extremely informative and well done, and cover a variety of agronomic topics. He has something there for almost everyone. The presentations can be saved in pdf […]

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Avacados Boron Crop Information

For a printable PDF version of this article click here: http://www.texasplantandsoillab.com/PDFs/AVOCADOS-BORON.pdf The ability of a leaf to absorb nutrients from its surface must depend to some degree on the permeability of its epidermis (outer layer) and the presence and density of stomata (pores for the exchange of gases). Scanning Electron Microscope studies of mature leaves […]

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Texas Plant and Soil Lab Announces New Water Testing

Texas Plant & Soil Lab announces new four water test packages and seven new water tests. The new packages include – ♦ Aquaculture Suitability ♦ Domestic Suitability ♦ Hydroponic Suitability ♦ Livestock Suitability To offer these packages, we had to add these tests, which are available separately – ♦ Phosphorus ♦ Alkalinity ♦ Acidity ♦ […]

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Dry Season: The Texas Drought of 2011

For a great article on the current drought and some stunning pictures, please be sure to visit: http://www.statesman.com/opinion/insight/dry-season-1800246.html Latest From Our Blog Texas Plant and Soil Lab Tests Irish Soil for Potato Specific Crop TPSL is the 11th approved USCC Seal of Testing Assurance Lab Compost Camp Creedmoor TX 2011 Photos and Descriptions Texas Plant […]

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Texas Plant and Soil Lab News Update

Other Lab News – Texas Plant and Soil Lab has been working hard to expand its line of useful and relevant tests. Already available is the SOLVITA® line of total biological activity tests. Very shortly, we’ll be putting up new WATER TESTING forms offering new packages and individual tests. With water being as scarce as […]

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Texas Plant & Soil Lab’s February 2012 FARM SMART

Texas Plant & Soil Lab will soon be announcing its February, 2012 FARM SMART. GROW SMART. Fifth Annual Conference on Sustainable Practice. The efficient use of water and fertilizer is now more critical than rarely has been experienced in history. With no end in sight to the drought, this Conference will particularly focus on: ♦ […]

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GOOD CROP AND FIELD ADVICE DURING DROUGHT TIMES

While nothing much can be done without water, there are ways to make what water is available go farther:   1. Roll-down Cover Crops – if you’re a wheat grower, leave the straw and stubble in place – and DON’T TILL!  Right now, weeds are the least of the problems.  Tillage exposes the soil to heat […]

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NOAA SAYS DROUGHT CONDITIONS TO WORSEN – INDEFINITELY

NOAA SAYS DROUGHT CONDITIONS TO WORSEN – INDEFINITELY. The drought that continues to persist in the South through the foreseeable future appears to be spreading up into the Mid West.  Crops in Texas have generally failed.  It is thought that few now have any plans for a Winter crop.  Ranchers are selling off their skin-and-bones […]

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Soil Organic Matter

Soil Organic Matter The Organic Matter (OM) in the soil derives from plants and animals. Breakdown of organic matter is largely dependent on moisture, temperature and availability of oxygen. As any of these increase, the organic matter usually breaks down faster. Colder northern areas will tend to build up more organic matter in the soil […]

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SOLVITA® SPECTRUM OF BIOLOGICAL ACTIVITY TESTS DESCRIPTIONS AND PRICES

SOLVITA® SPECTRUM OF BIOLOGICAL ACTIVITY TESTS – DESCRIPTIONS AND PRICES – >> All tests are conducted under controlled laboratory conditions. >> Samples are analyzed with the Solvita® Digital Spectrophotometer. >> Reports are typically available in no more than two working days after receipt of sample. SOIL HEALTH & ACTIVITY Growers who disc under crop residue, […]

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Don’t use grass clippings from lawns treated with DuPont’s Imprelis herbicide.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is warning home owners and landscapers to not compost grass clippings or use grass clippings as mulch from lawns treated with DuPont’s Imprelis herbicide. For more information, visit MDA’s website at http://www.mda.state.mn.us/chemicals/pesticides/imprelis.aspx Latest From Our Blog Texas Plant and Soil Lab Tests Irish Soil for Potato Specific Crop TPSL […]

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Andrew Sparda Texas Plant and Soil Lab Visit

Andrew Sparda, Director of Solvita® Sales and Customer Relations, Woods End Laboratories, Inc., spent the week of August 7th at Texas Plant & Soil Lab to kick off the new series of laboratory-conducted tests now available from TPSL®. The new Solvita® tests include Soil Health & Activity, Compost Maturity & Stability, Manure Ammonia Volatility and […]

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Information for testing your soil’s PH factor

Here’s an informative little article on the importance of testing your soil for its PH factor. With the Texas Plant and Soil Lab Basic Fertilizer Guide you can check your soil’s PH as well as organic matter, texture, Available Soil Nutrients: Nitrates (NO3), Phosphorus (P), Potassium (K), Calcium (Ca)- and Calculated Available Micronutrients: Iron (Fe), […]

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Monday the 8th at Texas Plant and Soil Lab

Hello Folks and Farmers, We’ve got a lot shaking at the lab here this week. We’ve got lab owner Frank A. Schultz, III, visiting the lab this week, along with Andrew Sparda of Woods End Laboratory. Frank and Andrew are working hard to integrate the Solvita series of test into Texas Plant and Soil Lab’s […]

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Texas Non-Profit Organizations Can Apply for Solar Energy System Donation

Texas Non-Profit Organizations that Serve and Support their Community can a apply for a donation to purchase and install a solar power generating system. For more information please visit http://energypricequote.com/electricity/?p=281 Latest From Our Blog Texas Plant and Soil Lab Tests Irish Soil for Potato Specific Crop TPSL is the 11th approved USCC Seal of Testing […]

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Lake Levels Resource and Drought Information

A couple of great resources for growers and farmers and anyone who enjoys lakes or streams for recreation. http://www.lakelevels.info is a website serving up lake, stream and drought information. The site currently offers real time information on over 170 lakes, supports over 2,750 members and has sent out over 7,000 alerts. Here’s the link for […]

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TEXAS WINE LAB MOVES

PLEASE NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS FOR “TEXAS WINE LAB” NOT TEXAS PLANT AND SOIL LAB. TEXAS WINE LAB MOVES To all our valued clients, We are pleased to announce that Texas Wine Lab has moved to a new location. We are now housed inside the Flat Creek Estate facilities in Marble Falls. For those of […]

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Announcing Solvita Tests for Soil Test and Compost Test

You can download and print this press release here: http://texasplantandsoillab.com/PDFs/blog/SOLVITA-01C.pdf TEXAS PLANT AND SOIL LAB 5115 West Monte Cristo Road Edinburg, Texas 78541 Telephone: 956-383-0739 Facsimile: 956-383-0730 www.TexasPlantAndSoilLab.com Woods End® Laboratories IN PARTNERSHIP WITH Texas Plant and Soil Lab is pleased to announce the SOLVITA® TESTS FOR GROWING SEASON NITROGEN AND PHOSPHORUS AVAILABILITY IN SOIL […]

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News and Coming Soon!

TPSL® is adding a number of new tests and packages –   HEAVY METALS – The Full ICAP (Inductively-Coupled Argon Plasma instrument) Screen now includes Gold, Strontium and Titanium – AT NO EXTRA COST!  They are also available for individual analyses.  Watch for an updated version of our Heavy Metals sheet.   Watch for a PRICE DECREASE on Heavy […]

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The Coming Global Phosphate Crisis

We are reposting this article as it appeared, distributed by SANET-MG. If you do not have SANET-MG as a resource, we highly recommend them. Texas Plant and Soil Lab Sent: Monday, July 18, 2011 11:30 PM Subject: [SANET-MG] The Coming Global Phosphate Crisis From: David A Gabel, ENN Published July 18, 2011 09:43 AM The […]

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2011 Drought Advances Losses in Texas Agriculture to $1.5 Billion

Economist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service have dire predictions for Agricultural Losses in the State of Texas this year, as continued drought destroys crops and increases cost for livestock producers. Livestock losses derived from drought are at an estimated $1.2 billion from late 2010 through mid 2011. These losses include the rising cost of […]

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Call for Volunteer Wine Grape Harvesting in Mission Texas

Everyone: If you would like to help harvest more of the wine grapes at Jorge Jaber’s vineyard, please meet at the vineyard on Monday, July 11th by 8:00 am. Bring clippers, wear sunscreen and tennis shoes and a hat! The Grape Harvest is strictly as a volunteer. This is not for anyone to purchase grapes. […]

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The Sustainable Agronomic Education Association ( SAEA )

Texas Plant and Soil Lab is proud to be a member and integral part of the Sustainable Agronomic Education Association of Rio Grande Valley, Texas. The Sustainable Agriculture Group (SAG) was formed in 1998 in part by previous Texas Plant and Soil Lab owner Kay Chandler. The group was formed to promote agricultural sustainability by […]

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2011 Missouri River Floods Prompt Water Testing

At Texas Plant and Soil Lab we deal with Water Testing during drought and flooding.  We hear from consultants, farmers, growers and friends all over the United States. While Texas still struggles against a record-long drought with only a little relief lately from scattered rain, parts of the upper Midwest are dealing with flooding and […]

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Kika de la Garza Subtropical Agricultural Research Center (SARC) Faces Closure By Senate

An urgent message went out to local farmers, scientist and the nation on Wednesday:  Kika de la Garza Subtropical Agricultural Research Center (SARC) in Weslaco faces closure. This agricultural research lab is unique in position and capabilities.  The Kika de la Garza Subtropical Agricultural Research Center is the first line in defense against invasive species […]