Fixed Laboratory

How We Test

In addition to its customized, mobile laboratory capabilities, New Age Laboratories also has a well established fixed laboratory capable of processing the same environmental samples as those analyzed on-site in our mobile laboratories, as well as a broad spectrum of agricultural, food safety, and food quality testing capabilities. Based in South Haven, Mich., our fixed laboratory has a full, internal security system which is monitored 24/7/365 to insure the safety and integrity of our clients' data.
 
New Age Laboratories provides analysis of the following types of samples:
  • Soil
  • Soil Vapor
  • Fertilizer and Lime
  • Plant Tissue
  • Compost and Manure
  • Water
  • Drinking Water
  • Food Finished Product Microbiological
  • Food Environmental Monitoring (Swabs and Sponges)
  • Food Quality

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, food safety, and environmental communities. We pride ourselves in quick turnaround time and analytical accuracy. We use modern, well-maintained, and daily calibrated equipment to perform validated, defensible, and certified analytical procedures.

Why We Test

Soil

The major objective of soil analysis is to inventory the soil’s nutrient reserves and chemical composition. Since inefficiencies of essential elements can limit crop yields, this information is vital to determine what, if any, additions of fertilizer or lime are justified to produce maximum economic yields.

Soil analysis is the best way to ensure that lime and fertilizer nutrients are applied in both an economically and environmentally responsible manner.

Backed up by chemistry and research, soil analysis should be part of every producer’s arsenal to control costs, maximize returns, and protect the environment.

Fertilizer

Fertilizer raw material manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and growers all have a vested interest in knowing that the products that they handle meet or exceed quality and content specifications. The only way to be sure that the product you are making, buying, or selling meets quality and content specifications is to have it tested by a laboratory.

Soil pH is one of the most important factors affecting soil fertility. Plant nutrients are most available when soil pH is maintained at a level just below neutral (pH 6.5 to 6.8). Ground agricultural limestone can be used to raise soil pH to a desirable level.

Plant Tissue

Plant tissue analysis is a diagnostic tool that has been used for many years. It is based on the concept that, up to a certain critical point, the content of a nutrient in plant tissue is directly related to yield. And, nutrient concentrations in plants are directly related to the quantity of that nutrient in the soil that is available to the plant. Therefore, plant tissue analysis and soil testing go hand in hand.

Compost and Manure

Compost is widely used in horticulture and it helps improve the soil structure and enrich the nutrient content of the soil. As a result, there is an increasing interest in composting.

Manure is a valuable resource that can supply essential crop nutrients to displace the need for commercial fertilizers and organic matter to improve soil structure. Efficient utilization of manure can substantially reduce your production costs and protect our environment.

Water

Water is consumed in larger quantities than any other nutrient. A comprehensive water analysis can indicate the suitability of a water supply for household, irrigation, or livestock use. The purity of water refers to the presence or absence of bacteria presumed to be coliform. If water tests positive for coliforms, it should not be used for human consumption without boiling or chemical treatment.

Environmental

New Age Laboratories provides a full range of environmental analytical testing services, such as analysis of soil, sediment, water, leachates, dust, and air. The range of analytical services provided by NAL include routine, trace, and ultra-trace level organics (volatiles, semi volatiles, pesticides, PCBs, herbicides), and metals.

Analysis methods are based on well-established and internationally recognized procedures such as those published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

What We Test

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Why Outsource Your Lab Services?

Whether fixed or mobile, there are many reasons to outsource your laboratory testing.

  • Degree of variability in your sample flow (e.g. Seasonality).
  • Wide variety of products, ingredients, and tests to perform.
  • Customers who are not satisfied with internal lab’s performance.
  • Lack of confidence in the quality of your internal lab’s test results.
  • Initial and ongoing costs of accreditation.
  • Many more reasons!