Soil Sampling & Analysis

Soil Sampling & Analysis

The Reduction and Prevention of Agricultural Diffuse Pollution (England) Regulations 2018.

Applying organic manure and manufactured fertiliser to cultivated agricultural land

1) When planning an application under regulation 4(1)(a) to cultivated agricultural land, a land manager must ensure that the results of soil sampling and analysis are taken into account.

(2) The results of the soil sampling and analysis—
(a) must include the pH of the soil and the levels of nitrogen, phosphorous, magnesium and potassium present,
(b) must be no more than 5 years old at the time of the application, and
(c) may have been collected before the date on which these Regulations come into force, including by another land manager.

(3) For the purpose of paragraph (2)(a), nitrogen levels may be determined by means of assessment of the soil nitrogen supply, rather than the sampling and analysis of soil.

(4) In this regulation, “cultivated agricultural land” means agricultural land which has been cultivated—
(a)by physical means (including ploughing, sowing or harvesting) at least once in the previous year, or
(b)by chemical means (including the application of organic manure or manufactured fertiliser) at least once in the previous 3 years.

How Does it Work?

One of the Farm Support team will contact you to confirm your requirements.

They will then visit farm and collect samples ensuring the latest soil sampling guidance is adhered to.

Samples will then be boxed and sent for analysis.

You will then be sent your analysis report with the option to add to a farm map for quick reference.

“I didn’t realise that I was required by law to have my soils analysed every 5 years.”

How Much Does it Cost?

This will depend on factors such as the size of your fields, the type of analysis you would like, and how many fields require sampling.

Please contact us with your sampling requirements and we will promptly provide you with a competitive no obligation quote.

For more information, please call or email us today.