Plant testing

EAL offers comprehensive plant testing at competitive prices (pdf) for home, recreational and agricultural applications. Nutrient deficiencies and fertiliser requirements are assessed through routine analysis of agricultural soils, plants and soil additives for chemical and physical parameters. Metals and other contaminant testing is also available. Agricultural soils and plant tissues are analysed and reported on a twice weekly basis with reference to desirable levels for real time management of farming systems.

Adhering to standard sample collection and preservation procedures (pdf) ensures the highest level of accuracy. These procedures are listed in the and are targeted at a variety of sample types. A soil sampling guide (pdf) is also available to assist in setting up a sampling regime.

Alternatively, EAL can provide qualified staff to undertake on-site sampling at a base rate of $110 excl. GST. Please contact EAL for more information. For further information about agricultural methods, quoting and reports, please contact the Agricultural Co-ordinator, Kris Saville.

Plant testing

An example plant analysis report (pdf) is provided from a comprehensive chemical analysis of plant tissue (leaf, fruit, roots, bark, sap, etc.) Washing is available to remove foliar sprays and liquid fertilisers (SS-PREP-09). Popular testing suites include:

  • total acid extractable macro and micronutrients (P, K, Ca, Mg, K, Na, Fe, Cu, Zn, Mn, B, Si, Co, and Mo) with total C, N and S testing (PA-PACK-01)
  • nitrate and ammonium levels (PA-PACK-005).

Plant reports

Soil and plant samples are analysed in twice weekly batches. The following table provides reporting days based on when the samples arrive:

Samples arrive:Plant results reported:
Monday - Tuesday Thursday (2-3 working days)
Wednesday - Friday Following Tuesday (2-4 working days)

Further Resources

Agricultural soil and plant flyer - a summary of testing options

Plant tissue - sample collection and preservation procedures

Plant and leaf sampling guide

Example plant analysis report

Agricultural soil and plant price list

Contact Us

T: (02) 6620 3678
F: (02) 6620 3957
E: eal@scu.edu.au

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday, 8am - 4pm

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