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Ag Diagnostic Lab

Soil Testing

Soil sampling allows you to optimize yields, minimize fertilizer costs. Managing the nutrient content of the soil is one key to optimum performance of any plant whether it is your lawn or a commercial crop like alfalfa, corn, apples, turf or pumpkins. Over or under application of these essential plant nutrients is very costly in terms of lost yield or quality. The environmental impact of over-application or misapplication of plant nutrients can have significant and costly consequences as well. For that reason, soil testing should be the foundation of any crop management plan whether it is for the home gardener or the commercial farm operation.

How to Take a Soil Sample

Forage Testing

Get out what you put in! Understanding the nutrient value of forage is essential to producing or maintaining livestock. Increased profit is the primary reason producers need to know the quality of the forages they feed livestock. Accurate analysis of all feedstuffs is needed for balancing rations, formulating leased costs supplements, using homegrown forages efficiently and pricing hay correctly.

Manure Testing

The proper management of manure can greatly offset your commercial fertilizer costs. Four important steps are required to use manure effectively in a soil fertility program 1) a complete soil analysis to determine nutrient needs, 2) a manure analysis to determine nutrient content, 3) an estimate of nutrient availability in manure 4) estimation of an application rate to supply a prescribed amount of available nutrients. CCE Sullivan offers manure testing through our diagnostic lab.

Livestock Water Testing

Testing drinking water for livestock is an important step for diagnosing problems related to water quality that could limit productivity and profitability.

Agriculture Identification and Treatment (Diseases/Pests/Plants)

Identifying the disease or insect pest is the first step to solving plant problems. Once the issue is resolved, we can offer recommendations on how to resolve. 


Michelle Proscia
Agriculture Production Program Manager
(845) 292-6180 Ext. 129

Last updated February 7, 2022