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Category: Blog, lawn and garden, soil testing
Soil Testing Improves Residential Lawns and Gardens The benefit in crop yields from soil testing is not just for large-scale farmers and agri-corps. Soil testing has proven to have incredible benefits for residents that find themselves trying to maintain greener, fuller lawns while facing obstacles such as drought and water rationing or simply trying to […]
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:45:20 +0000

Category: Blog, Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
Texas Plant and Soil Lab Fires Up the New Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (AA)! As part of our ongoing efforts to provide you with the most accurate and timely soil and water analyses possible, we have acquired a brand-new Thermo Fisher AA. TP&S Lab will use the instrument to laboratory test for Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium and […]
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:09:18 +0000

Category: Blog
We’ve got a sneak peek of something cool we’re cooking back in the lab! More soon.
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:00:32 +0000

Category: Blog, tp&s lab, tpsl, water lab, water testing, water testing lab
We’re Testing Samples from All Over the World As drought conditions worsen in much of the world and California’s agriculture takes a devastating down-turn from lack of water, it is more crucial than ever that water testing and management become an essential part of farming and big agriculture. Even today, while many farmers go under, […]
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:44:59 +0000

Water Testing

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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
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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 Water 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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