Should I Guess Or Test? - Why Test?

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The Importance Of Testing Water, Soil, Forages, & Feedstuffs EPA could soon go beyond farms and begin looking at lawns,  golf courses, even back yard gardens under some of the new

"Clean Water" Regulations.

 So you should . . .

Verify before you apply!

We are now Ohio EPA certified for water bacteria analysis of Total Coliform and E.coli for public and private water systems. We can accept samples

Mon-Thurs , 9am to 4pm.Results the next afternoon. Payment due with the samples.


Plant Tissue Analysis

The only way to absolutely know if a crop is adequately nourished is to have a plant tissue analysis during the growing season.

This will detect unseen deficiencies or toxic levels and make correcting these problems possible

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Alpaca Feed and Soil Testing

Compost Testing

Fertilizer Testing

Forage & Feedstuff Testing

Gas and Oil Water Testing

Greenhouse Testing

Manure Testing

Microbiology Testing

Mycotoxin Testing

New Soil Health Testing

OPMA Water Testing

Plant Tissue Testing

Pond Water Testing

Soil Testing

Water Testing


How To Take A Water Bacteria Sample

How To Take A Water Sample

How To Take Forage / Feedstuff Sample

Plant Tissue Report

Ideal Nutrient Levels

Science of Soil Health Videos

Informaton Sheets



Why Test Soil

Soil: a complex medium of organic and inorganic materials providing water and nutrients to the root system of plants to support their growth and development.

Only A Soil Test Will Tell You


 Nutrients available for plant growth

 How much fertilizer to apply

 Soil pH

 How to correct a problem

 If your soil has excessive nutrient levels

 Pasture Quality

How A Soil Test Can Put Money In Your Pocket


 Efficient Fertilizer Application

 Increased Crop Yields

 Increased Food Values Of Crops

 Avoid Nutrient Runoff

We now offer Soil Biological Health Score and Solvita 24 Hr. CO2 Burst Test Analyses. Measures soil microbial activity. A strong emphasis on the economics of soil fertilization. There is now a way to document your soilís health.

Did You Know

Proper soil nutrient levels help plants withstand excessive heat & moisture stress

Low soil calcium levels encourage weed growth

Different plants require different pH levels for optimum performance

Media & Soilless Mixes Testing

Testing by Saturated Media Extraction (SME)


Standard Plant Tissue or Fruit Analysis


Irrigation Water Suitability Analysis



Growing Plants To Sell? Stronger, healthier plants sell first and bring customers back!




Why Test Water

Water is the most important nutrient consumed by livestock. It may look clean and pure...but what dissolved minerals and other substances does it contain?

Welcome to Holmes Lab (330) 893-2933 or (330) 893-1326


Clean Water Is Essential For

*Rumen Fermentation


*Flow Of Feed Through Digestive Track

*Normal Blood Volume

*Nutrient Absorption

*Plant Growth

*Plant & Feed Nutrition Levels


Excessive Mineral Levels Can

*Cause poor taste & reduced water consumption

*Health Problems

*Effect availability of other   Dietary  Elements

*Mineral toxicity

*Unhealthy Plants



Do you have a pond? We have a test for your pond water

Also testing water bacteria for food produce safety in the packing house, irrigation.etc

Did You Know?

High alkaline water can lead to plants with Iron, Manganese & other nutrient deficiencies

Water can contain toxic levels of some salts such as Boron & Chlorine  that are bad for plants, even toxic

Excessive Iron levels can cause some discoloration of white hair coats

High levels of Iron & Sulfur in water can effect the availability of Selenium & Copper




Why Test Feed

Do you really know what you are feeding your livestock?

Welcome to Holmes Lab (330) 893-2933 or (330) 893-1326


Feed & Forage Testing Benefits


*Better Ability To Balance Rations

*Able To Determine Market Value Of Hay

*More Knowledge To Improve Next Crop

*Able to Cash In On Specialty Markets such as  Dry Cows

Alpacas & Llamas, and Horse


Avoid These Problems With

Forage & Feed Tests




Protein Deficient Diets

Excessive Nutrient Diets


Did You Know

Some livestock could be getting to much Selenium through the combination of hay and mineral supplements.

What you do not know about the forage you feed may be lowering production.

Hay from different areas may look the same but are not equal in feed value.


Manure & Compost Analysis

Determine The Fertilizer Equivalency Of Your Manure and Compost 

As more regulations come you will have to be able to show what you are putting on your fields.

This knowledge can help avoid soil & feed problems in the future.