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Holistic Soil Health Assessment: The Haney Test

Holistic Soil Health Assessment: The Haney Test

The Holistic Soil Health Assessment evaluates the chemical, physical, and biological aspects of soil to offer comprehensive insights into its fertility. By examining these three key factors, we gain a clear understanding of the soil's history and determine the most effective methods to restore fertility for gardens, farms, and landscapes.

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Report includes:

  1. Graphs, data analysis, and personalized recommendations with organic or conventional amendments.
  2. A 15-minute phone consultation with one of our soil scientists.

Microbial Activity:

  • CO2 Burst: Assesses the soil's biological activity by measuring the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) upon microbial respiration. This indicates the level of microbial biomass and activity, which is essential for nutrient cycling and soil health.
  • Amino-bound Nitrogen (SLAN): Nitrogen held by organic matter/amino acids.
  • Active Carbon

Nutrient Analysis:

  • NPK and Secondary Nutrients: Determines levels of essential nutrients such as nitrate, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, crucial for overall plant health and development.
  • Micronutrients (Zinc, Manganese, Iron, Copper, Boron): Evaluates the availability of micronutrients necessary for various plant physiological processes.
  • Sulfur: Measures sulfur levels, vital for amino acid and protein synthesis in plants.
  • Organic Matter: Assesses the presence of organic matter, which enhances soil structure, promotes water retention, and improves nutrient availability.
  • pH and Buffer Index: Determines soil acidity or alkalinity and its resistance to pH changes, crucial for optimal nutrient uptake by plants.
  • Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) and Percent Saturation of Cations: Evaluates the soil's capacity to hold and exchange nutrients, ensuring adequate nutrient availability for plant uptake.
  • Soluble Salts, Sodium: Identifies potential issues related to soil salinity.

Physical Properties:

  • Texture: Determines soil texture based on the proportions of sand, silt, and clay, influencing water retention, drainage, and nutrient availability.
  • Aggregate Stability %

The Haney Soil Health Test provides a detailed report along with tailored recommendations to enhance soil health and productivity. By addressing key aspects of soil fertility, structure, and biological activity, it facilitates informed decision-making for sustainable gardening practices. MWELO and WELO compliant.

Sampling instructions

1. Using a clean bucket and a shovel, collect three samples to a depth of 6 inches in random spots in the defined area*. Avoid sampling when soil is very wet.

2. Break up any clods of soil, remove rocks, stones, sticks and plant matter, and thoroughly homogenize soil together in the bucket.

3. Take out 3 cups of soil and place into plastic bag and label with a sample ID (i.e., Stevie's front yard), type of test, and order number (found in order confirmation email).

4. Purchase your test on our website and send sample to Alluvial Soil Lab, 201 E Center St, Ste 112 #3083, Anaheim, CA 92805 using any postal carrier of your choice.

Turnaround time is between 4 and 8 business days. Results will be sent via email.

*To ensure a comprehensive soil assessment in your land, it's recommended to take one composite soil sample for every 1,000 square feet of garden space. This composite sample is created by collecting smaller soil samples from different locations within the 1,000 square feet area, allowing for a representative analysis of the soil's characteristics.

**Always wear gloves, mask, or other necessary PPE while collecting samples from potentially contaminated soils.

Advanced details

Test includes:
1. Organic Matter, Nitrate, Ammonium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, pH, Buffer Index, Cation Exchange Capacity, Percent Saturation of Cations, Sodium, Sulfur, Zinc, Manganese, Iron, Copper, Boron.
2. Texture
3. CO2 Burst (microbial activity)
4. SLAN (amino-forms of N)
5. Aggregate Stability (VAST)
4. Recommendations

*Since this test does not include infiltration rate, it is not WELO compliant

Suitability list includes list of (30) suitable species

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  • Wilson H.

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    I recently started a garden at a community plot, and wanted to know what was in my soil, so I could make more targeted amendments. Jake walked me through how to do so, and after sending my samples in... (read more)

  • Noah M.

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    As a professional in the field I very much appreciate the timely and detailed report, along with skilled follow up communications. I will certainly use Alluvial Soil Lab's services again.

  • Zakary S.

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    Great support and detailed report. Helped advise what options we had to plant trees! Plants are doing incredible!(read more)

  • Peggy C.

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    I recently moved to a property with a vineyard, and wanted to know what type of fertilizers to use and how much to apply. So I did a soil test. I was new to soil testing and with Jake's help and instructions, I was able to successfully collect… (read more)

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