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Soil Health Testing and Analysis

Biological • Chemical • Physical

Why is it important?

Traditional soil tests measure the physical and chemical properties of soil, and that is valuable, but soil is a living, dynamic and continually changing ecosystem and requires a more holistic approach with a microbiological component for a more complete soil assessment. By digging deeper into the physical, chemical and biological interactions we can make improved agronomic recommendations for higher yields and greater profit. The biological composition of the soil reflects the presence of disease suppressing and bio-stimulating microorganisms in the rhizosphere.

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What soil health tests are available?

The VitTellus® Soil Health Test & VitTellus Bio℠ are available to assist clients in this deeper assessment of soil parameters.

Learn more about the VitTellus® Soil Health test

Learn more about the VitTellus Bio℠ soil health test & package

VitTellus Bio Soil Health Report June 20

How do I test my soil?

NOTE: The same soil sample that was submitted for VitTellus® Soil Health is used for the VitTellus Bio℠ soil health test & package


How can I learn more?

  • Soil Heath Techical Bulletins

Soil Health Technical Bulletin I (2017) - Soil Health

Soil Health Technical Bulletin II (2017) - VitTellus Soil Health 

Soil Health Technical Bulletin III - VitTellus Bio (2020)


Taking Action

Improving the Soil Microbial Profile

  • Review the soil chemistry results to identify soil parameters which are not in the optimal ranges.  Making changes to fertility programs is fundamental to moving soil chemistry metrics into ideal ranges. This will ensure plants are properly nourished and providing carbon sources for the microbes in the soil.

  • Consider management practices in your farm operation such as suitable cover crops. Cover crops offer multiple benefits such as providing an additional carbon source for soil micro-organisms to ensure they are maintained throughout the year after the primary crop is removed.

  • Continue to build soil organic matter for the purpose of moisture retention and release of mineralizable Nitrogen. In very dry or drought conditions, microbial activity can be significantly reduced and impact crop yields. Building organic matter will help mitigate the risk of lower microbial activity in such situations.

  • Ensure you are using Best Management Practices such as good crop rotation, ensuring adequate sub-surface drainage, and utilizing erosion control measures to prevent wind or water erosion.

  • Regular soil testing will help assess the effect of management changes and improvement of soil health parameters. Analyze your soil data to help improve soil health and monitor progress on your plan.

A&L's AGRICULTURE SERVICES - click on a category to view test packages available

SERVICES:  Soil Testing & Analysis • Soil Health Tests • Plant Tissue Testing • Plant Monitoring Program for Tissue Testing • Chemical and Fertilizer Analysis • Feed / Manure Analysis • Compost Analysis • Plant Disease Diagnostics (PDD)

PRECISION AG:  TerraSiteRx Data Analysis Platform:

1. Site Specific Soil Mapping

2. Algorithms from Remote Imaging for: Crop Health Report - MNDVI, Crop Stress, Crop Damage, Plant Stand Count / Plant Density, Biomass Targeted Zone Sampling and more

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In Agriculture, A&L provides comprehensive analytical services for soil, plant tissue, feed, fertilizer, and water. A&L’s services also include production recommendations, remote sensing and precision agriculture capabilities. A&L Biological Inc. ( is a subsidiary of A&L Canada Laboratories Inc. focused on research and development of biological compounds for use in agricultural production systems. The Environmental division provides organic and inorganic chemistry and general chemistry using state of the art technology and methodology. For Food & Pharma, A&L provides analytical services for plant tissue, water, media and finished product. A&L’s services also include disease diagnostics, genetic analysis, production recommendations, and Plant Monitoring Program. The company operates three analytical laboratories serving clients throughout Canada, the US and Internationally.

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