A few weeks ago I requested a soil test kit from APAL. They sent me several plastic zip-lock bags, instructions and a price list. I chose two areas in our top paddock to sample. The first was a bare patch and the second had relatively good pasture. I was hoping that the comparison of the two samples would assist us to improve the many bare patches on our 8 acres. I sent the two samples away for the 'APAL premium test' and consultant report, at a total of $165/sample.
|The bare patch (one of many!)|
|The stainless steel core-sample tool (made by my husband of course!).|
|The sample before I put it in the sample bag.|
|The good growth area.|
|Sampling tool again|
|The samples ready to send away|
Overall I think that its money well spent as we know what we need to improve pasture and what to feed to the animals in the meantime to keep them healthy.
|An example of the test results graph.|
|The soil treatments required.|
|The comments about the bare patch sample.|