What We Test

What we test in terms of agriculture samples varies from soil and heavy metals to pesticides and salmonella at New Age Laboratories.

Whether you utilize NAL's fixed lab in South Haven, Mich., or one of our mobile units, customization comes in the form of uniquely tailored methods and procedures. Our highly trained chemists and technicians use the most appropriate tools and techniques to provide you with real-time results in a variety of laboratory configurations.

We are committed to bettering the agriculture of the Midwest and beyond and focus our testing on providing our agriculture clients with usable data focused on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). These preactices are at the heart of NAL's agriculture lab testing services. 

Focusing on GAP, we evaluate the circumstances and yield of a given crop. By measuring soil conditions, water nutrients, plant tissue, and other factors we can determine if an agricultural product is being grown under the optimal conditions. This is where New Age Laboratories' usable data shines; we don't just tell a farmer about his soil, we explain how he can improve the soil and future crops.

The NAL team is also well versed in the quality versus quantity theory as it relates to yield. We understand that high production might not be the most efficient representation of revenue per bushel.

We also understand that different agricultural products have their own set of investment and sustainability to be considered. For example, apples and blueberries require a longer-term of investment than corn. The short- or long-term investment required of a specific crop affects the health of the soil and is a key aspect of "Sustainable Agriculture."

The goal of Sustainable Agriculture is to maximize production at a sustainable level without negatively impacting a field long-term. NAL's scientists are adept at determining a field's ability to optimize input in order to maximize output. 

Backed by quick turnaround and accurate, usable data, NAL provides analytical testing and consultation of the following.

Our Services

Soil Tests

  • Macro/Micro Nutrients
  • Organic Matter, CEC, pH
  • Base Saturation Percentages

Water Tests

  • Macro/Micro Nutrients
  • E. coli/Coliform
  • Nitrates/Nitrites
  • Lead & Copper

Plant Tissue Tests

  • Macro/Micro Nutrients
  • Pesticide/Herbicide Residue

Soil Amendment Tests

  • Fertilizer & Lime
  • Compost & Manure
  • Humic & Fulvic Acid

Food Safety and Environmental Tests

  • Pesticide Residue
  • Heavy Metals
  • Microbiology
    • APC
    • EB
    • E. coli/Coliform
    • Listeria spp.
    • Salmonella
    • Staph
    • Yeast & Mold

Sampling Services

  • Water Sample
  • Soil Sampling
  • Finished Product Sampling
  • Env. Monitoring Sampling
  • Investigative Sampling

Samples for routine analysis are usually completed in 3 to 5 working days. Reports are delivered via email for efficiency and convenience to you. Hard copies are also available.

We provide analytical and consulting services to all areas of the agricultural community. NAL uses modern, well-maintained, and daily calibrated equipment to perform valid analytical procedures.

Contact NAL today to discuss your testing needs.

Testing Methods

New Age Laboratory tests agriculture and food safety samples in the fixed lab and travels the country testing environmental samples through its mobile lab.