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Soil and Water Testing Services Available to Canadian Farmers

Water testing services


Exova (Nor-west Labs).
7217 Roper Road, Edmonton AB, T6B 3J4; 708-438-5522 or 800-661-7645.
Soil Foodweb Canada Ltd. 285 Service Rd. Box 420, Vulcan, AB T0L 2B0. 403-485-6981. Soil chemistry analysis, as well as compost, compost tea and tissue analysis.
Down to Earth Labs 3510 6th Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 5C3. 403-328-1133 Fax: 403-320-1033. Wide range of soil- and crop-testing services.

Agrichem Analytical
409 Stewart Rd. Saltspring Island, BC V8K 1Y6; Ph: 250-538-1712;
M.B. Laboratories Ltd. Mail: P.O. Box 2103 Sidney, BC, V8L 3S6, Location: 2062 Henry Ave. West Sidney, BC, V8L 5Y1; Ph: 250-656-1334 Fax: 250-656-0443
Exova (Nor-west Labs) 104, 19575-55A Ave. Surrey, BC, V3S 8P8; 604-514-3322 or 800-889-1433;
Pacific Soil Analysis Unit #5, 11720 Voyageur Way, Richmond, BC, V6X 3G9. 604-273-8226

Manitoba Provincial Soil Testing Lab.
Dept. of Soil Sciences, Room 262, Ellis Building, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2. 204 474-9257

NB Agricultural Lab.
NB Dept. of Agriculture and Rural Development, Box 6000, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5H1. 506-453-2666 or 888-622-4742

Soil Plant and Feed Laboratory.
Department of Forest Resources and Agrifoods, Provincial Agriculture Building, Box 8700, Brookfield Road, St. John's NF, A1B 4J6. 709-729-6638;

Nova Scotia Agriculture, Laboratory Services, Box 550176 College Road, Harlow Institute, 902-893-7444,

A & L Canada Laboratories East, Inc. 2136 Jetstream Rd., London, ON, N5V 3P5. 519-457-2575
Accutest Laboratories. 146 Colonnade Rd., Unit 8, Nepean, ON, K2E 7Y1. 613-727-5692
Agri-Food Laboratories.
503 Imperial Rd., Guelph, ON, N1H 6T9. 519 837-1600 or 800 265-7175
FoReST Soils Laboratory at Lakehead University. 955 Oliver Road Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1. 807-343-8639.
Nutrite (division of Fertichem Inc.). In Ontario or west, 1 Chandaria place unit 5, Kitchener, ON. 519-895-4237
Royal Botanical Gardens. Box 399, Hamilton, ON L8N 3H8. 905-527-1158
Soil and Nutrient Laboratory. University of Guelph, 95 Stone Rd. W., Guelph, ON N1H 2W1. 519-767-6226.
Stratford Agri Analysis Inc. 1131 Erie St., Box 760, Stratford, ON, N5A 6W1. 519-273-4411 or 800-323-9089.

P.E.I. Soil and Feed Testing Lab. P.O. Box 1600, Research Station, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 7N3. 902-368-5631; Will give organic results, if requested.

Nutrite (division de Fertichem Inc.). Rheaume CP129, St-Michel, QC. 450-454-1990 560.
Soil Test Lab. Room MS2-099, Macdonald-Stewart Building, Macdonald Campus of McGill University, 21.111 Lakeshore Rd., Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, PQ, H9X 3V9.
La Coop fédérée et Agridirect, 604, Place Trans-Canada, Longueuil PQ J4G 1P1. Téléphone : 450 674-5271. Télécopieur : 450 674-5277


BBC Laboratories, Inc.
1217 North Stadem Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281, 480-967-5931, 480 967-5036 Fax Contact: Vicki Bess (Microbial analysis of soils, composts, compost teas, and biological products. Assays performed: 1) The Functional Group Enumeration Test classifies organisms into six categories: aerobic heterotrophs; facultative anaerobes; yeasts & molds; actinomycetes; pseudomonads; and nitrogen-fixing bacteria. 2) The Diversity Analysis Test looks at how many different kinds of organisms exist within each functional group.

Soil Control Lab, Inc.
42 Hangar Way Watsonville, CA 95076, 831-724-5422, 831-724-3188 Fax Contact: Frank Shields Specialists in compost analysis: compost feedstocks, compost recipes, compost quality tests, agricultural uses, and toxicity and contaminants analysis.
Soil and Plant Lab. 352 Mathew Street Santa Clara, CA 95050-0153, 408-727-0330, 408-727-5125 Fax Compost analysis: particle size, available nutrients, organic content, estimated C/N ratio, bulk density, pH, salinity, sodium, moisture content, bioassay growth trials with radish and rye grass. Four locations in California, Washington, and Oregon.
Wallace Laboratories. 365 Coral Circle El Segundo, CA 90245, 310-615-0116, 310-640-6863 Fax Contact: Garn Wallace Compost analysis: chemical and physical parameters, macro and micro nutrients, bulk density, C/N, salinity, etc. Noteworthy publications from Wallace Laboratories include: Soil Conditioner and Amendment Technologies, Volume I ($45) and Volume II ($65).
Timberleaf Soil Testing. 39648 Old Spring Road Murrieta, CA 92563. 951-677-7510 Contact: Bob Russo, The Timberleaf soil test was developed especially for market gardeners who practice the biointensive approach made popular by John Jeavons, author of How to Grow More Vegetables. The Basic Soil Test includes base saturation/CEC, estimated nitrogen release, available nutrients, pH, and soluble salts. Optional tests exist for organic matter, trace minerals, and composts/greenhouse media. Timberleaf's detailed soil test report also contains explanations and recommendations for organic fertilization.

Agri-Energy Resources.
21417 1950E St., Princeton, IL 61356, 815-872-1190, 815-872-1928, Fax Complete soil test, Base saturation/CEC, LaMotte extract method. Fertilizer recommendations based on ideas from Albrecht, Reams, and the late founder of Agri-Energy Resources, Dave Larson. Interpreting Your Soil Test is a 4-page leaflet explaining the Agri-Energy Resources soil analysis report.

Woods End Research Laboratory.
P.O. Box 297 Mt. Vernon, ME 04352, Ph: 207-293-2457, Fax: 207-293-2488; contact: Dr. William Brinton Provides a series of soil quality and compost tests, including the Solvita(r) Compost Maturity and Solvita(r) Soil Life test kits. The four components of their soil test are: Standard Soil Nutrient Audit; Biological and Textural Tests; Skilled Fertilizer Assessment; and Optional Nutrient Budgeting. Publish manuals on compost, soil organic matter, and green manures; some items are available on web site, others for sale. Basic Guide for Interpreting Soil Tests is on web site. Acknowledgeded as "Most Meaningful Soil Test" by IFOAM in 1980.
University of Maine Soil Testing Service. 5722 Deering Hall Orono, ME 04469-5722. 207-581-2945, 207-581-2934 Fax Base saturation/CEC soil test, organic matter, and nutrient analysis. Compost analysis on request. Organic fertilizer recommendations available on request. Commonly used by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA). Publications on website: Soil Testing Handbook for Professionals in Agriculture and Commercial Organic Nutrient Recommendations.

University of Massachusetts Soil Testing Lab.
West Experiment Station, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 01003-8021, 413-545-2311 Compost analysis: moisture content, bulk density, pH, soluble salts, available plant nutrients, extractable heavy metals, total nitrogen, organic matter, C:N ratio.

2724 Lamotte Street, Marlette, MI 48453. 989-635-2864, 989-635-3888 Contact: Joe Scrimger Soil tests include base saturation/CEC as well as the LaMotte extract method. Fertilizer recommendations based on ideas from Albrecht, Reams, and Joe Scrimger.
Crop Services International Inc. 1718 Madison S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49507-2518. 616-246-7933, 616-246-6039 Fax Contact: Dr. Phil Wheeler Soil tests include LaMotte, CEC, Humus, paramagnetism, and scanner (radionics). Fertilizer recommendations based on ideas from Albrecht, Reams, Callahan and Phil Wheeler.

Ag Resource Consulting, Inc.
P.O. Box 667 / 131 5th Street Albany, MN 56307, 320-845-6321, 320-845-6320 Fax Contact: Glen Borgerding Base saturation/CEC soil test, organic matter, nutrient analysis, organic fertilizer recommendations, manure testing, and nutrient management plans.
International Ag Labs, Inc. P.O. Box 788 Fairmont, MN 56031. 507-235-6909, 507-235-9155 Fax Contact: Dr. Dan Skow, Wendell Owens Soil tests include the LaMotte extract for nutrient analysis, humus, and formazon dehydrogenase (biological activity). Fertilizer recommendations based on ideas from Reams and Dan Skow. Soil Testing for Biological Agriculture is an 18-page booklet on their soil test report and fertilizer recommendation guidelines.

Kinsey's Agricultural Services.
297 County Highway 357 Charleston, MO 63834. 573-683-3880, 573-683-6227 Fax Contact: Neal Kinsey Base saturation/CEC soil test, organic matter, and nutrient analysis. Fertilizer recommendations based on ideas from Albrecht and Neal Kinsey.

Midwest Laboratories.
1361 B. Street Omaha, NE 68144. 402-334-7770, 402-334-9121 Fax. Soil test provides nutrient analysis, percent organic matter, and base saturation/CEC numbers, but fertilizer guidelines are standard pounds of nutrients required per acre.

Brookside Analytical Laboratories. 308 South Main Street New Knoxville, OH 45871. 419-753-2448, 419-753-2949 Fax Contact: Mark Flock Base saturation/CEC soil test, organic matter, and nutrient analysis. Conducts soil tests on behalf of its network of crop advisors and agronomists who work directly with farmers, perform soil tests, and design soil management programs. Soil test reports follow the style developed by Dr. William Albrecht.
Terra Labs, Inc. 6073 State Route 219 Celina, OH 45822. 419-268-2294 Contact: Keldon Colvin Base saturation/CEC soil test, organic matter, and nutrient analysis advocated by Dr. Rudy Ozolins. Fertilizer recommendations based on ideas from Albrecht and Ozolins.

Organic Food Matters.
741 S. Yates Road Memphis, TN 38120-2820. 901-684-1046, 901-684-1949 Fax Contact: Jeptha Gates Soil tests based on the Lamotte method. Fertilizer recommendations based on ideas from Reams, Andersen, and Jeptha Gates.

Texas Plant & Soil Lab, Inc.
5115 W. Monte Cristo Edinburg, TX 78539. 956-383-0739, 956-383-0730 Fax Contact: Esper K. Chandler TPSL uses carbon dioxide as part of its natural soil test method to extract soil nutrients; it mimics natural conditions in soils to determine what would be available to plant roots. Fertilizer recommendations based on ideas from Albrecht and Esper K. Chandler. Commonly used by Texas organic growers.

Utah State University.
Director, USUAL/Soil Testing Lab. 4830 Old Main Hill AGS 168, Logan Utah 84322-4830 435-797-2217.

K-Ag Laboratories International, Inc. 2323 Jackson St., Oshkosh, WI 54901. 920-426-0002, 920-426-2664 Fax Contact: Dr. Akhtar Khwaja K-Ag Lab conducts a range of soil tests, provides organic farming recommendations, and works with specialty crops such as blueberries, cranberries, ginseng, vegetables, herbs, and black walnuts.
Midwestern Bio-Ag. 10851 Hwy ID, Box 160 Blue Mounds, WI 53517. 800-327-6012, 608-437-4994, 608-437-4441 Fax Contact: Gary Zimmer Base saturation/CEC soil test, organic matter, and nutrient analysis.Fertilizer recommendations based on ideas from Albrecht and Gary Zimmer. Publishes a number of informative booklets, books, audio tapes, and videos..


SWEP Laboratories.
Unit 47, 174 Bridge Rd., Keysborough, Victoria 3173, Australia. Phone:+61 3 9701 6007, Fax:+61 3 9701 5712. 7-10 days turnaround for overseas customers.


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LABORATORIES APPROVED BY B.C. PROVINCIAL HEALTH OFFICER for WATER MICROBIOLOGY TESTING. January 12, 2006 (Contact info. confirmed accurate as of July 09)


Lower Mainland

ALS Environmental 1988 Triumph Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 1K5 604-253-4188 2
Exova (Norwest Labs) 104-19575-55 A Avenue, Surrey, BC V3S 8P8 604-514-3322 2
Maxxam Analytics 4606 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 1K5 604-444-4808 2
I.G. MicroMed Environmental, Inc. 190-12860 Clarke Place, Richmond, BC V6V 2H1 604-279-0666 2


Caro Analytical Services 102-3677 Hwy 97N, Kelowna, BC V1X 5C3 250-765-9646 2
Eco Tech Laboratory Ltd. 10041 Dallas Drive, Kamloops, BC V2C 6T4 250-573-5700 2

Vancouver Island

Maxxam Analytics 1104-4464 Markham Street, Victoria, BC V8Z 7X8 250-385-6112 2
MB Laboratories Ltd. 2062 Henry Ave. West, Sidney BC V8L 5Y1 250-656-1334 2
North Island Laboratories 2755 B Moray Avenue, Courtenay, BC V9N 8M9 250-338-7786 2
C R D Water Laboratory* 479 Island Highway, Victoria, BC V9B 1H7 250-474-9680

Northern BC

Northern Laboratories Ltd. 251 Kaien Road, Prince Rupert, BC V8J 4B7 250-627-1906
ALS Environmental 10345A Dogwood Street, Grandhaven, BC. Mailing: Box 256 9420-93 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC V1J 6W7 250-261-5517 1


ALS Environmental 1313 44 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6L5 403-291-9897 1

*  CRD Water Services Lab will only test water from growers that receive their water from the Greater Victoria Water System.

** 1 - Total Coliform and E. coli
    2 - Total Coliform, Fecal Coliform and E. coli

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