Summer soil sampling in 2021

The benefits of soil sampling include: 

  • establishing the current nutrient status of your soil to provide the basis for future strategies 
  • indicate the ameliorants required to correct a soil’s possible physical and chemical property imbalances 
  • identify factors that may be limiting crop and pasture production 
  • improved farm profitability through efficient soil fertility management 
  • assists in the planning process through improved budgeting of farm financial resources 

For more information on WHY and HOW we Soil Sample click here

This year, BCG is offering growers the opportunity to be involved in the Mallee and Wimmera CMA soil sampling projects. These projects focus on how management practices influence soil carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus levels. Your involvement in the project will include soil samples being taken from your paddocks and the data being used to create a map of soil carbon levels. By taking part in the project, you will receive soil sampling results to assist with making fertiliser decisions, a summary report of the findings, and the opportunity to participate in workshops.  

A co-funded payment model will be used to fund soil sampling. Farmers who pay for nitrogen and phosphorus testing ($88.20), will receive additional soil carbon, EC, pH, and particle size analysis to 40cm, and soil moisture to 1m paid for by the project (valued at $104.90).  Growers who require pH, EC and particle size analysis testing to 1m, will be obliged to pay for nitrogen, phosphorus, EC, pH, and particle size analysis to 40cm ($136.20), the project will cover the cost of soil carbon, EC, pH, and particle size analysis and moisture to 1m (valued at $104.90).  

This offer is only available to a limited number of growers, so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

Book online at: 

or contact Kate Maddern (0458 950 394 or [email protected]

Total cost = BCG sampling cost + postage and handling + lab analysis 

BCG sampling costs Sampling cost for bookings made before March 2nd  $150/paddock (member) 
$200/paddock (non-member) 
Sampling cost for bookings after March 2nd and/or further than 175km from Birchip Price will be provided on quote basis 
Postage and handling $10/sample 

Lab analysis costs: 

Indicative prices for some common test packages are below – please call BCG to discuss your specific requirements. 

BCG can sample any combination of depths down to 100cm.  

BCG uses the Nutrient Advantage (Incitec Pivot) laboratory for chemical soil analysis, and SARDI for disease analysis, however the use of other labs (e.g. APAL) can be arranged upon request. 

Test type $/sample (ex GST) 
Soil moisture $8.00 
Nitrogen (nitrate, ammonium, chloride) $16.20 
Colwell phosphorus + PBI + nitrogen $30.60 
DGT phosphorus + Colwell phosphorus + PBI + nitrogen $46.80
Test type $/paddock (ex GST) 
Mallee and Wimmera CMA Package 1: (nitrogen @ four depths, PBI phosphorus, Cowell phosphorus, soil moisture to 1m, soil carbon, pH (CaCl) @two depths, EC @ two depths, particle size analysis @ two depths) 
Mallee and Wimmera CMA Package 2: (nitrogen @ four depths, PBI phosphorus, Cowell phosphorus, soil moisture to 1m, soil carbon, pH (CaCl) @ four depths, EC @ four depths, particle size analysis @ four depths)  $136.20 
Existing Yield Prophet paddock $96.80 
New Yield Prophet paddock + Particle Size Analysis $197.25 
Root disease (Predicta B) $235.00 
Fertiliser Recommendations through Nutrient Advantage Pro $55.00 

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