February Guelph Service Bulletin
SGS PARTNERS WITH GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO
A joint venture agreement has been signed between SGS and Grain Farmers of Ontario to develop an Ontario Grains Laboratory, a full analytical testing facility for cereal crops and the first such laboratory of its kind in the province.
The laboratory is expected to be fully operational this spring. Technicians on site will be able to conduct a full suite of tests including rheological testing, physical dough and bake testing, protein levels, and more. Importantly, this facility will be equipped to conduct panification in controlled laboratory conditions to ascertain the best quality wheats for bread making.
Read the full press release here for more information.
SOIL HEALTH TESTING
This spring, SGS begins offering a new soil health assessment, Soil One, which incorporates chemical, physical, and biological testing. With increased focus on overall soil health, to improve crop production and reduce environmental impacts, this will be a valuable test to gauge current levels, and an important benchmark to compare future tests after Best Management Practices have been implemented to improve soil quality.
A full list of the included tests, and sampling protocols will be provided in an upcoming spring bulletin, closer to the time when proper sample collection is possible.
NITROGEN TESTING AND MANAGEMENT
Winter agricultural conferences have had many speakers discussing nitrogen management, especially split and late applications. Testing soil nitrate-N levels as close to application as possible contributes to better decision making about how much additional N is required. To discuss nitrogen management options for next spring, management zone creation, and N sampling and testing, please contact the laboratory.
SGS is excited to sponsor, exhibit and/or attend the following events in January:
For further information, please contact:
Jack Legg, CCA-ON
Branch Manager, Agronomist
Guelph, Ontario N1H 6T9
503 Imperial Rd. N., Unit 1
t: +1 519 837 1600