SGS soil testing lab in Voronezh has been accredited

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Source: SGS

The Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology of the Russian Federation accredited the new agrochemical laboratory at SGS Vostok Limited, the Russian subsidiary of SGS, for technical competence and independence. The accreditation scope includes soils and crops (wheat, rye, barley, oats, maize, buckwheat, millet, pea, sunflower and rape).

The accreditation certificate РОСС RU.0001.21ПШ82 was awarded on December 30, 2009 and will be valid for five years.

In particular, the Soil Testing Laboratory in Voronezh is able to provide the clients with basic parameters such as pH, N, P and K, and extended soil testing for S, Ca, Mg, Zn, Cu, Mn, B and Na.

The new agrochemical laboratory at SGS Vostok Limited is unique as it is equipped with the most modern and high-tech devices which allow a faster analysis speed. For example, analysis of one soil sample for phosphorus and potassium at the SGS facility in Voronezh will take a maximum of 15 minutes and, for nitrogen, about 2 hours, whereas in a traditional laboratory it would take 2 to 3 days.

Thanks to the new lab, SGS is able to offer a more detailed approach to soil fertility management resulting in electronic field maps for each soil nutrient value and recommendations on the application of fertilizers and crop protection agents.

Equivalent SGS facilities are already successfully established in the USA and in Europe. Now that the soil fertility service has become accessible to Russian farmers it will help them to save money, improve crop yield, and minimize negative environmental impact.

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