Services | Soil & Soil Health Analysis

If your soil could talk, what would it say?

I’m healthy and thriving!

I’m starving! SOS!

Ward Laboratories can help you increase your soil’s productivity, microbial health and nutrient balance.

Ready to submit your sample?

Looking to boost your dollars per acre at harvest time?
It all starts in the soil.

Your plants are only as healthy as the soil they’re feeding from.

Reduced microbial activity and limited nutrient availability can result in lackluster harvests. We’ll give you a complete report of our findings and recommend corrective measures.

Maintaining optimum soil health saves you money on expensive inputs.

How much money are we talking? Studies performed by Kastens and Dhuyvetter concluded that a farmer could save $4-5 USD per acre on fertilizer by relying on accurate soil testing reports. And when grain prices are low and profit margins are razor thin, soil testing becomes even more critical.

Curious about your soil’s health?

Here are three of our best-selling, comprehensive soil tests.

Routine Soil Analysis

$19.00 USD

The test that covers (almost) everything! We recommend this to everyone from commercial crop producers to home gardeners … anyone who needs to know what’s in their soil! This test measures pH, buffer pH, sum of cations (CEC), base saturation (%), soluble salts, organic matter, nitrate-nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, sulfur, zinc, iron, manganese and copper.

PLFA

$80.00 USD

Click here to view more information about the PLFA test.

Another popular option, this test looks for phospholipid fatty acids, or PLFA. Analyzing PLFA gives you critical information about your soil’s microbial populations. Environmental conditions such as temperature and moisture can alter this microbial community. Knowing how these changes occur over time gives our producers the ability to compare various management techniques and how they affect the health of these microbes.

Haney Test

$49.50 USD

Click here to view more information about the Haney Test.

A living soil is an active soil. The Haney Test goes beyond other soil tests and tells you how biologically active or how alive your soil is. Tracking the biological activity of your soil over time tells you the health of your soil and indicates the availability of nutrients in your soil.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does testing cost?

Updated October 13, 2020. All prices are subject to change without notice.
All prices are in USD.

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Soil Analysis Packages
S-1 BASIC $14.00
  pH, Buffer pH, Sum of Cations (CEC), Base Saturation (%), Soluble Salts, Nitrate-Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium  
S-101 BASIC + OM + S $16.00
  pH, Buffer pH, Sum of Cations (CEC), Base Saturation (%), Soluble Salts, Organic Matter, Nitrate-Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Sulfur  
S-4 ROUTINE $19.00
  pH, Buffer pH, Sum of Cations (CEC), Base Saturation (%), Soluble Salts, Organic Matter, Nitrate-Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Sulfur, Zinc, Iron, Manganese, Copper  
S-401 ROUTINE PLUS CHLORIDE $22.25
S-5 COMPLETE ROUTINE PLUS BORON $22.25
  pH, Buffer pH, Sum of Cations (CEC), Base Saturation (%), Soluble Salts, Organic Matter, Nitrate-Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Sulfur, Zinc, Iron, Manganese, Copper, Boron  
S-501 COMPLETE PLUS CHLORIDE $25.00
S-7 ALFALFA/CLOVER SPECIAL $18.00
  pH, Buffer pH, Sum of Cations (CEC), Soluble Salts, Base Saturation (%), Organic Matter, Nitrate-Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Sulfur, Boron  
S-9 SOIL NITRATE $4.75
S-901 SUBSOIL NITRATE PLUS SULFUR $5.50
S-10 SALINITY (SATURATED PASTE EXTRACT) $24.75
  SAR, Electrical Conductivity, pH, Bicarbonate, Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Sulfur, Chloride  
S-11 SATURATED PASTE PLUS EC $17.60
  SAR, Electrical Conductivity, Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium  
Individual Soil Analysis
  ALUMINUM (KCl or MEHLICH 3) $7.50
  AMMONIUM (KCl) $6.60
  BORON (Hot Water) $5.75
  BULK DENSITY $12.25
  Bulk density is determined by weight and volume. Please include volume of soil in cubic centimeters when submitting samples.  
  CALCIUM CARBONATE (CaCO3) $21.75
  Cations (K, Ca, Mg, Na by NH4 Acetate Extraction) $5.75
  CEC (pH, K, Ca, Mg, Na) $11.25
  CHLORIDE (CaNO3) $5.50
  Micros (Zn, Fe, Mn, Cu) by DTPA extraction) $5.75
  MOLYBDENUM (HOT WATER) $5.75
  NITRITE (KCl) $4.75
  ORGANIC MATTER (LOI) $5.50
  pH (pH, BpH-Sikora or Woodruff, EC) $5.50
  PHOSPHORUS $5.75
  PRE-SIDE DRESS NITRATE $4.75
  SALT pH (0.1 M CaCl2) $5.50
  SOIL MOISTURE $5.50
  SULFUR (MEHLICH 3 ICAP) $5.75
  TEXTURE BY FEEL $5.25
  TEXTURE BY HYDROMETER $11.25
  TOTAL ALKALINITY, %CaC)3 $11.00
  TOTAL DRY WEIGHT $6.75
  Total (Combustion Method)  
  Nitrogen $7.75
  Carbon $7.75
  Organic Carbon $8.75
  TOTAL (Digestion Method)  
  Phosphorus $7.75
  Potassium $7.75
  Sulfur $7.75
  Total Nutrient Digest $33.75
  Water Soluble K $5.50
Heavy Metals
  Digest* Fee $20.00/ sample
  Heavy Metals $20.00/ metal/ sample
  Arsenic, Cadmium, Chromium, Cobalt, Lead, Nickel, Selenium  

*All samples analyzed for heavy metals will be charged a $20.00 digestion fee per sample regardless of the number of metals analyzed.

Soil Health Analysis

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PLFA $80.00
Total bacteria (Gram (+), Gram (-)), Total Fungi (Arbuscular Mycorrhizae, Saprophytes) Protozoa, Undifferentiated Microorganisms  
HANEY TEST $49.50
pH, Excess Lime Rating, Soluble Salts, Organic Matter, Soil Respiration; H2O Extract, Total Nitrogen, Total Organic Carbon, Total Organic Nitrogen; H3A Extract: Nitrate-Nitrogen, Ammonium-Nitrogen, Inorganic Nitrogen, Total Phosphorus, Inorganic Phosphorus, Organic Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium  
SOIL RESPIRATION TEST $25.00
Measure of soil respiration CO2-C, ppm C as an indicator of microbial biomass and potential activity  
ENZYMES $25.00/enzyme/sample
β-glucosidase (BG) – Carbon Cycle, N-Acetyl-β-glucosaminidase (NAG) – Nitrogen Cycle, Alkaline Phosphatase (AlkP) – Phosphorus Cycle, Acid Phosphatase (AcP) – Phosphorus Cycle, Phosphodiesterase (PHD) – Phosphorus Cycle, Arylsulfatase (ARS) – Sulfur Cycle  
POX-C, (ppm) SOIL $20.00
Active labile carbon using potassium permanganate  
WET AGGREGATE STABILITY $30.00
% Aggregate Stability, 1-2 mm fraction; % Aggregate Stability of Bulk Soil, 1-2 mm fraction  
AVAILABLE WATER HOLDING CAPACITY $25.00
Measured at Field Capacity (0.1 bar) and Wilting Point (15 bar)  
TOTAL NUTRIENT DIGESTION $33.75
Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Sulfur, Zinc, Iron, Manganese, Copper, Boron, Molybdenum, Total Carbon  
Individual Soil Health Analysis
HANEY H2O EXTRACT $15.00
Ammonium-Nitrogen, Nitrate-Nitrogen, Total Nitrogen, Total Organic Carbon, Total Organic Nitrogen  
HANEY H3A EXTRACT $15.00
Nitrate-Nitrogen, Ammonium-Nitrogen, Inorganic Nitrogen, Total Phosphorus, Inorganic Phosphorus, Organic Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium  

How Do I Take a Sample?

Click here for everything you need to know about sample types and sampling procedure!

Does Ward accept samples from any location?

Yes, we accept samples from producers all over the world! Any samples that are submitted from outside the U.S. will need an APHIS label. You can request the APHIS label by emailing sales@wardlab.com.

Can you test the soil in my lawn or garden?

Yes! We suggest one of two tests. For homeowners using conventional management practices (for example, synthetic fertilizers), we recommend our Routine Soil Analysis. For producers using natural approaches (for example, manure) a Haney Soil Health test may be beneficial.

What are crop recommendations?

Crop recommendations help producers understand how much fertilizer they’ll need to apply based on soil nutrient availability, the crop to be grown, and the anticipated yield.

How do i request recommendations on my soil test?

Please include the crop and yield goal for up to 3 crops. If you’re unsure of the yield goal, please provide information like geography, irrigation/rainfall, past crops, cropping systems, etc, that may be helpful in determining your goal.

Do I have to pay for recommendations?

No, recommendations are always free!

Are recommendations available for Haney tests?

Yes!

Can you input soil test results with my ag software?

Yes! We are integrated with many platforms already and are willing to connect with yours.