February 4, 2019
APAL’s Mid Infra-Red (MIR) capability is one of the main reasons Michael keeps coming back.
“The new MIR technology at APAL means I can rapidly and cost effectively understand soil texture across the profile,” he says.
“This is particularly important in the Mallee’s variable soils.”
Michael performs thousands of tests each year, analysed by APAL, to understand the effect of various crops on soil properties, to improve understanding of sub-soils, and to help growers manage their enterprise based on soil knowledge.
“These kinds of assessments are only available with access to soil texture information, which APAL provide using the MIR.”
Michael also uses APAL’s plant testing to understand the uptake from the soil into the growing plant.
“Plant testing can tell us how much of the micronutrients in the soil are being taken up by the plant, which means we know how much we should add next year, so action can be pre-emptive, before there are any problems,” he says.
Michael chooses APAL because of their flexibility and personal approach.
“When I am doing trials, I might be dropping off hundreds of samples in one hit without any notice, and the APAL team are always happy to accommodate me,” he says.
“The results are fast, cost-effective, and I can choose any combination of analyses I need; there’s no regimented set of tests like many of the competitors offer.