Properly managing manure is rapidly becoming an integral facet of farm management. A typical cow produces 120 lbs. (54 kg) of manure per day. A 100 cow herd will produce 2190 tons per year making manure management a major farm enterprise. Environmental and water concerns will continue to place greater emphasis on nutrient composition, storage, handling, and time and place of spreading. Analyzing manure for its nutrient composition is required to effectively manage it. Determining N, P, and K provides information regarding its fertilizer value.

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Plant tissue analysis is a chemical analysis of plant leaves and other organs. Generally, a higher availability of a nutrient in the soil translates into a greater concentration of that nutrient in the plant. However, the availability of a certain nutrient in the soil is not the only factor affecting its uptake by the plant. Other factors, such as temperature, humidity, soil moisture, plant diseases etc., considerably affect the uptake of nutrients. Therefore, plant analysis reflects both nutrient availability in the soil and the nutritional status of the plant.

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Feed Analysis includes establishing the content of nutrients and biologically active substances in feeds determining evaluation of the quality of feeds. Feed analysis includes determining the chemical composition, physical properties, and botanical composition, as well as microscopic examination for weed content and contamination by fungi and pests.

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For over 50 years Platte Valley Labs has been an expert in fertilizer analyzers and sample preparation instruments. We understand that regulated standard methods are critical, so all Platte Valley Labs analyzers are supplied with detailed method descriptions including reagent make up, flow diagrams and specific application notes using a Continuous Segmented Flow Analyzer dissolved fertilizer samples can be analyzed for N, P and K within 8 minutes, with finished fertilizer and raw materials able to be analyzed on the same system. Several parameters can be analyzed in parallel from the same sample, some of those parameters are as follows,

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