February 4, 2019
“Fertiliser is one of the single highest expenses for dairy businesses and doing blanket applications can sometimes waste a lot of money,” he says.
“For the small cost of testing a few soil samples, we are much better equipped to target where fertilisers are required, and the right fertiliser type to use for best effect.
Greg and FP-AG have worked with APAL since 2014, performing soil and tissue tests for cropping, livestock, viticulture and horticulture clients.
FP-AG’s team of six agronomists have also made use of APAL’s soil texture assessments for farmers who are planning to improve their soils through clay spreading, and water quality testing to help assess the suitability of water sources for irrigation.
“We’ve really appreciated the ability to run custom suites of tests, get the reports in a specific format we request, and pick and choose how much interpretation we get for each sample.”
For example, FP-AG’s team perform all their own interpretation of crop and pasture analyses, but when it comes to horticulture they often make use of APAL’s Premium Report.
“With APAL we aren’t limited by a fixed set of tests or reports, it is a completely open relationship,” he says.