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4 Reasons Why Soil Testing is Important

April 16th, 2019 by Lauren Tirrell

Soil testing is the key to creating a foundation for a safe, functional and thriving environment. While there may be many reasons to evaluate the quality of your soil, here are four considerations when deciding to have a lab test the contents of your soil:

  1. Finding nutrient deficiencies - It’s no secret that crops can be easily affected by factors outside of our control such as weather and too much fertilization. Finding nutrient deficiencies can be crucial to the well-being of the crop makeup. If the deficiency is found early and targeted at the source, it prevents a larger scale problem. It is important to select a lab that will take the time to evaluate your soil and give you data-driven results, for optimal crop assessment.  
  2. Potential Toxicities Can Be More Costly Than Testing - Potential toxicities are caused by agricultural chemicals, industrial activity, and improper waste disposal. Understanding where to invest assets and where not to can be a critical factor in whether to test for toxicity. Con-Test can make the process quick, easy and cost-effective. Optimizing your crop production will create a standard foundation for regulating your investments. Con-test uses organic, metal and wet chemistry departments to provide you accurate analytical results that won’t break the bank.
  3. Aspects of Soil Testing PFAS - Per- and PolyFluoroalkyl (PFAS) has been used in well known products such as cookware, food packaging, drinking water, stain repellent, and living organisms. Individuals can also be exposed to PFAS through contaminated soil and water used to grow crops. Testing your soil ensures no PFAS contamination will affect the health of others and yourself.
  4. Groundwater Contamination - Unfortunately, groundwater contamination is often a result of human activity. In certain locations where there are thriving populations, groundwater is extremely vulnerable. Soils that tend to be more porous often transmit water and certain contaminants. Commercial sites that tend to face large issues include, but are not limited to, airports, golf courses, gas stations, and car washes. Testing soil can prevent such contamination of groundwater, or mitigate its effects by determining the cause.

Con-Test Analytical Laboratory is the leader in soil analysis and the go-to team for soil interpretation. Con-Test has the ability to conduct testing for soil characterization, site investigations, site remediation & ISM programs.This testing includes::

  • Volatile Organics, Aromatics, and Halogenated

  • Petroleum Analysis including ETPH, EPH, VPH, TPH, and Fingerprinting

  • Semi-Volatile Organics including Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH), Acid-Extractable and Base/Neutral

  • TCLP and SPLP Extraction Analysis

  • PCBs - Visit our PCBs page to learn more about our extensive PCB capabilities

  • Pesticides and Herbicides Metals including Mercury, by ICP, ICP/MS, and CVAA

  • Hexavalent Chromium, including ORP and pH

  • Specific Conductivity, Paint Filter, Flashpoint and Ignitability

  • Reactive Sulfide and Cyanide

Click here to learn more about Con-Test soil testing and analysis.

Con-Test Analytical Laboratory is one of the leading environmental laboratories in the country. Located in the Greater Boston area, Con-Test services over 30 states nationally. Known as one of the top-quality environmental laboratories, Con-Test is a partner with leading international firms, the EPA, state governments, and more. Our diverse areas of expertise include: air toxins, sediment, tissue, solids, aqueous, product testing and more. Contact us to learn more about our analytical testing services.


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