ATRL Soils Lab

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Our primary goal at Agricultural Testing and Research Laboratory (ATRL) is to provide efficient, precise, and accurate analytical and technical support to NAPI personnel within a timely manner. The Laboratory performs analyses on selected chemical constituents of soil, plant tissue, water, fertilizer, and feed using the state-of–the-art analytical equipment. In addition, Immuno-assays are performed for vomitoxin on corn; and potato sugar and chipping quality testing are performed in support of potato quality monitoring. Services provided also include plant damage analysis, crop fertility recommendations, and fertilizer program management. High quality of work is a prerequisite in serving the needs of ATRL clients.

Our equipment include: Perkin-Elmer Optima 4300 DV Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES), determines nutrient elements in plant tissue, soil, fertilizer and water samples; LECO TruSpec CNS Combustion Analyzer, determines total Carbon (C), Total Nitrogen (TN), and Sulfur (S) in plant tissue and soil samples by the automated combustion method; Hach Lachet flow injection auto-analyzer, determines nitrate (NO3N) and chloride (Cl¬-) in plant tissue, soil, and water samples; YSI for sugar analysis; and Ankom fiber Analyzer and FOSS Near-infrared (NIR) analyzer for forage testing.

We gladly accept samples from across the region to provide analytical information to benefit large- and small-scale agricultural producers.