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Soil Testing for Agriculture and Farming

The agriculture and farming industry is vitally important to our communities and country.  Whether it be a backyard farm, or a corporate farm, you need to know what is in your soil.  By soil testing you will know what contaminants are in your soil, what crops are most likely to flourish and how your soil varies throughout your property. Some of the elements that may be in your soil are lead and radon, among other toxins.  You may also want to test for PH, acidity and nutrients.It is especially worth checking soil pH before designing or planting a new garden, making vegetable plots, planting fruit, when growth is disappointing, or where yellowing of foliage occurs. The Royal Horticultural Society recommends soil testing for farming and agriculture when designing and planting your garden or crops. You will need to know whether the soil is acid or alkaline, as different plants thrive in different soil.  A pH of 7.0 is considered neutral. An acid soil has a pH value below 7.0, and above 7.0 the soil is alkaline.

Soil Testing Services

  • Soil samples are collected and sent to our laboratories to determine the quality of soil for our clients in the agricultural industry.
  • Soil is tested for acidity and pH, as well as minerals and various contaminants.
  • A full and detailed report is given to our clients so that you can make the best decisions for your home or farm.

Soil Testing for Industrial and Building Sites

There are several questions you should answer before you buy land to build on or before you buy an established home or building. The safety of an existing building, or potential of a building project, can be hindered by not being aware of the soil quality on the property. Without proper soil testing you may run into costly problems which can be avoided if a soil test is performed.  

According to Western Virginia University, the following  are some questions that can be answered with soil testing:

  • Are the soil properties favorable for establishing and maintaining lawns, shrubs, trees, and gardens without extensive and expensive soil modifications?
  • Is there a flood hazard? (Is the site on a floodplain?)
  • Are there soil factors that prevent or limit the soil’s use for septic tank absorption fields or sewage lagoons (if public sewer system is not available)?
  • If you plan to install a basement, will its construction be limited by such factors as:
    • a. High water table, either temporary or permanent?
    • b. Depth to bedrock?
    • c. Drainage – surface ponding or excessive runoff?
    • d. Shrink-swell potential of subsoil?
  • What is the slope surrounding the building site? Will the site be stable? Will there be excessive water runoff?
  • What are the erosion conditions and landslide potential? Previous erosion may have caused gullies and/or have limited the depth of topsoil, requiring leveling and filling. Erosion will give a clue about the stability of soil on a slope uphill from the house.

There are several critical site and soil properties to evaluate when purchasing land for a potential building or home. You will want to evaluate the surface texture, which is the amount of sand silt and clay in the soil.  Permeability, or the rate at which water enters and passes through the soil, should also be looked at. The depth of soil to bedrock, including both topsoil and subsoil, needs to be evaluated, the slope, erosion hazard and surface runoff are also necessary to evaluate for building safety.

How G2 Consultants Can Help You?

The professionals at G2 consultants conduct soil testing and analysis for our clients to obtain building permits or to move ahead with remediation of existing property.

Let us know how we can help. G2’s environmental testing services are here for you.