British Columbia Agricultural Testing Laboratories

The cost for a basic soil fertility package ranges from $24.00 to $45.00 per sample, and typically includes nitrate-nitrogen, available phosphorus, available potassium, sulphate, and pH, and may include other tests. Most basic fertility packages also include fertilizer recommendations. Some do not include nitrate-nitrogen or ammonia-nitrogen - be sure to request this analysis, especially if samples were collected in the interior of B.C. To complete the nutrient management worksheets, you need the following information about your soil: available phosphorus, available potassium, nitrate-nitrogen and ammonia-nitrogen. Check that the lab will provide you with these analyses before you submit samples.

The cost of a basic manure analysis ranges from $25.00 to $50.00 per sample, and the analysis includes total nitrogen, ammonium-nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, dry matter and occasionally electric conductivity. Some labs do not provide an analysis of ammonium-nitrogen, which is required to complete the nutrient management worksheets. Check that the lab will provide you with an analysis of total nitrogen, ammonium-nitrogen, total phosphorus, total potassium and dry matter (or moisture content) before you submit samples. Nitrate-nitrogen is also useful.

The following is a list of laboratories that do agricultural testing. After each firms name, in brackets is the type of testing they do [soil (S), crop (C) or manure (M)].

  • Pacific Soil Analysis (S, M), 5 - 11720 Voyageur Way, Richmond, B.C., V6X 3G9, Phone: (604) 273-8226, Fax: (250) 273-8082
  • M & B Research & Development Ltd. (S, C, M), 10115C McDonald Park Road, Sidney, B.C., V8L 5X5, Phone: (250) 656-1334, Fax: (250) 656-0443, Web Page: http://www.mblabs.com
  • Soilcon Laboratories Ltd. (S), 275 - 11780 River Road, Richmond, B.C., V6X 1X7, Phone: (604) 278-5535, Fax: (604) 278-0517, Web Page: http://www.soilconlabs.com
  • Norwest Soil Research Inc. (S, C, M), Suite 104 19575 55A Avenue, Surrey, B.C., V3S 8P8, Phone: (604) 514-3322, Toll free: 1-800-889-1433, Fax: (604) 514-3323, Web Page: http://www.norwestlabs.com
  • Vancouver Island Soil Testing (S), 6021 Cassino Road, Duncan, B.C., V9L 4G5, Phone: (250) 746-8633, Fax: (250) 746-8633, Email: jbourque@telus.net Note: lab and price information given in this section was current as of November, 2000