Microbial assessments on Soil, Compost and Soil Inoculums
Our recommendation is that you test your soils microbial balances on an annual basis as you would do for your soils’ mineral content. If there are concerns regarding production or soil condition during the year it may be necessary to conduct several microbial assessments over the growing period. This will permit you to take remedial action if required. There are many options, so contact the lab to find out what is suitable for your situation.
The results from the microbial assessments will enable the farmer to:
- Assess their soils’ starting point prior to embarking on the method of biological farming
- Determine what foods or inoculums are required to maintain or correct the microbial balances.
- Ascertain just how effective their biological inputs have been over the past year.
- Help them calculate what impact their grazing rotation is having on the soils condition.
- Ascertain what damage has been caused by pest and disease treatment – especially important in grape and pip and stone fruit production.
As soon as the tests enter our system you will receive a confirmation by email supplying you with the Soil Foodweb sample number for your samples and letting you know that you should have the results back within 8 working days.
The microbial assessments report is a 1-2 page document with comprehensive description of what is happening with each assay. You are also invited to phone the lab for a complimentary consultation/interpretation.
These results can indicate your total levels of bacteria and fungi; the percentage of these organisms that are working and doing the job, and if this is sufficient for the season; the diversity of fungi and if it is generally beneficial; nutrient cycling capabilities, whether or not the soil is anaerobic due to compaction etc; supply information on mycorrhizal colonisation in the roots; fungal-bacterial ratios; trends for the coming months, ie more bacterial or more fungal.