We are pleased to send you the new format of our newsletter that will be accessible from our website.

In this edition, we will review the new Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), the Canadian Greenhouse Conference, and discuss equine carbohydrates and declining soil fertility.

Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)

As we progress towards migration to our new Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), we would like to give our valued customers advanced notice that some positive changes will soon be apparent.

We are confident that the transition will not impact analytical results or service delivery.  You may notice minor changes to the appearance of your reports; however, the layout and content will largely remain the same.  Online data and reports will soon be available through our updated website featuring some new capabilities such as editable historical queries and graphical presentation. 

You will also be able to take advantage of the online login of sample information prior to shipping which will eliminate the necessity of paper submission forms.  Programming is under way to provide downloadable formats for direct import into client software so that this option of data delivery remains unchanged.

The migration to a modern LIMS is the first step towards improving our information and sample management services to be well-poised to address your changing needs as technology evolves in the future.  Please contact us if you have any comments or reqeusts.

Upcoming Event

The Canadian Greenhouse Conference is celebrating its 35th anniversary and will be located at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, October 8th and 9th.  We are proud to exhibit at this event at booth #913 and to support the pre-conference bus tour as a Principal Sponsor.

As we are especially pleased to be celebrating our 30th anniversary at SGS Guelph in conjunction with the 35th anniversary of this conference, we will provide special pricing for our ‘Solution Complete’ analysis, available from our staff at our trade show exhibit.

Equine Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are an essential component of most animal feeds, but are especially important in equine nutrition. As such, we have expanded our Equine Complete analytical package to include both Water Soluble Carbohydrates (WSC) and Ethanol Soluble Carbohydrates (ESC).  Having both simple and complex sugars reported during analysis provides better information when managing diets of horses.

Declining Soil Fertility

In recent years, there have been two trending issues occurring.  On average, crop yields are increasing, and soil fertility is declining.  The latter sensibly follows the former, as larger yields remove nutrients from the soil.  However, it is also paradoxical.  How are we achieving yield increases on soils with declining fertility? It can be acknowledged that yield advances are partly due to many factors, including weather, variety, genetics, seed treatments and other crop protection products.  However, it begs the question, at what point will the recent yield trend reverse if fertility continues to decline below yield limiting levels? 

Plan to update your soil test history this fall if it has been more than three years from previous testing.  Our professional field technicians will be glad to assist, offering many forms of custom soil sampling. Contact us to order or enquire about our sampling services.

For further information, please contact:

Jack Legg, CCA-ON
Branch Manager, Agronomist
503 Imperial Rd. N., Unit 1
Guelph, Ontario N1H 6T9
t: +1 519 837 1600
e: jack.legg@sgs.com