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Water & Plant Tissue Testing for Aquaponics


Welcome to AgSource Laboratories!  We are pleased to work with Nelson & Pade growers to deliver reliable water and plant tissue testing for aquaponics. If you have questions regarding this or other testing services, please contact Ethan Pickett at 715.213.7690 or epickett@agsource.com.


Please find the appropriate sampling and submission information in the sections below. To order supplies, please contact the laboratory directly (see the section below for contact info), contact Ethan Pickett, or simply fill-out our online sample supply order form. Thank you!

Water

AgSource offers the following two packages for Source and System water samples:

Complete Fertilizer Solution Test 

  • Includes: Soluble salts, nitrate, ammonia, total nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, boron, copper, iron, manganese, zinc, molybdenum, sodium, aluminum, nickel, pH, alkalinity, chloride, silicon and sulfur.
  • Cost = $50/sample
  • How to Sample:  Open the bottle and place it under a slowly flowing water stream. Fill the bottle to within ½ inch of the top of the bottle. Cap the bottle tightly and record the Sample Collection Time and Date on the Sample Submission Form.
  • SOURCE water fertilizer sample submission form - Click Here
  • SYSTEM water fertilizer sample submission form - Click Here

 

15-MTF Method for Coliform Bacteria Test

  • **Samples MUST BE shipped overnight** and sterile bottle is required.
  • Cost = $36/sample
  • How to Sample: Wash hands. Water sample must be taken in sterile bottle provided by the laboratory.  Do not touch the inside of the bottle lid or the inside of the neck of the bottle.  Do not set the lid down, hold in hand while you fill the sterile bottle. Open the bottle and place it under a slowly flowing water stream.  Fill the bottle to within ½ inch of the top of the bottle. Cap the bottle tightly and record the Sample Collection Time and Date on the Sample Submission Form.

  • SOURCE water bacteria sample submission form - Click Here 

  • SYSTEM water bacteria sample submission form - Click Here

Plant Tissue

AgSource offers the following two packages for aquaponics plant tissue:

E. Coli 15-MTF Method Bacteria Test

  • NOTE: Use a sterile bag. Samples must be shipped overnight.
  • Cost = $36/sample
  • How to Sample: Wash hands. Wipe scissors with disinfecting wipe. Open sterile bag and hold in hand while you cut several leaves. Place lettuce in sterile bag. Holding tabs, flip the bag over several times, then fold the tabs over to seal.
  • Tissue bacteria samples submission form - Click Here

Complete Analysis

  • Includes:  % - Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium.  PPM - Sodium, Sulfur, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Boron and Aluminum
  • Cost = $22/sample
  • How to Sample: When to sample: mid-growth. Plant part: recently matured leaves, (inner part of head) Number of leaves: 30-50 (you can leave the lettuce head intact). Dry off excess moisture/water before placing in sample bag.
  • Plant tissue complete sample submission form - Click Here

Care & Shipping

Care of Samples

  • Label each sample bottle or sample bag with your name and date sample collected.
  • Fill out Sample Submission Forms completely.
  • Be sure to identify yourself as a Nelson and Pade Grower. 
  • Collect and mail your samples early in the week.
  • Results will be reported via email in 1-4 days after samples arrive to the lab.

Shipping Instructions

Close bottles and samples bags tightly. Make sure samples are accompanied by Sample Submission Forms. Use multiple lines on a form for multiple samples. Samples for coliform bacteria are time critical and must be shipped by overnight mail or UPS/Fedex. Source/System water and plant tissue samples can be shipped by UPS or US Postal Service. 

For questions regarding Fertilizer water samples, call 402.476.0300 or email lincoln@agsource.com.
Ship Fertilizer water samples to:
          AgSource Laboratories
          300 Speedway Cir Unit #2
          Lincoln, NE 68502

For questions regarding Bacteria samples, call 715.898.1402 or email marshfield@agsource.com.
Ship Bacteria water and Bacteria plant tissue samples to:
          AgSource Laboratories
          3700 Downwind Dr
          Marshfield, WI 54449

For questions regarding Complete plant tissue samples, call 715.758.2178 or email bonduel@agsource.com.
Ship Complete plant tissue samples to:
         AgSource Laboratories
         106 North Cecil St.
         Bonduel, WI 54107 

 

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