soil sample test Articles

  • EPA studies identify techniques for critical leak testing prior to soil-vapor sampling

    Researchers at EPA’s National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) in Ada, OK, are developing quality assurance (QA) measures for soil-gas and sub-slab sampling methods that help differentiate contaminant vapors due to vapor intrusion from background sources. Recent research focused on measures to identify leakage of ambient air into conventional vapor probes, which can significantly ...

  • New ASTM Test Method Offers Quick and Easy Oil and Grease Measurement for Water and Soil Samples

    Onsite Field Measurement of Oil and Grease A quick and easy field analysis method for determining oil and grease concentration levels is important for both offshore oil platforms and soil remediation sites.. Prior to the Montreal Protocol, infrared (IR) analysis using Freon as an extraction solvent was a widely used field and laboratory method. In 1999, the U.S. EPA promulgated Method 1664A ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • How To Complete A Soil Test The Right Way

    A soil test should be one of the first steps you take in your landscape plan. Many of us never take this important first step, which contributes, to wasted resources and wasted time. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says soil testing is an “essential” tool that provides information on fertility and pH. Testing also indicates ...


    By Jain Irrigation, Inc

  • The 75-year history of soil sampling equipment supplier, AMS

    Almost 75 years ago in the small town of American Falls, Idaho, a man had a dream and a vision. Art Vollweiler had the philosophy that “everything was a work of Art.” Associating his name with everything he created meant something in 1942. It meant that everything he designed and built was made to last. Art’s assurance in quality has stood the test of time, and continues to be ...

  • Large-Scale Laboratory Permeability Testing of a Compacted Clay Soil

    Constant-head permeability (hydraulic conductivity) tests were performed on samples of a compacted clay soil using a 0.914 by 0.914 by 0.457-m (3 by 3 by 1.5-ft) large-scale, double-ring, rigid-wall permeameter. A naturally occurring silty clay soil was used for the permeability tests. The soil was separated into five different fractions representing five different ranges in precompaction clod ...


    By ASTM International

  • Semifield testing of a bioremediation tool for atrazine‐contaminated soils: Evaluating the efficacy on soil and aquatic compartments

    The present study evaluated the bioremediation efficacy of a cleanup tool for atrazine‐contaminated soils (Pseudomonas sp. ADP plus citrate [P. ADP + CIT]) at a semifield scale, combining chemical and ecotoxicological information. Three experiments representing worst‐case scenarios of atrazine contamination for soil, surface water (due to runoff), and groundwater (due to leaching) were performed ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Minneapolis Offers Free Soil Testing to Raise Public Awareness of Lead Hazards

    In 1998, the City of Minneapolis designed and implemented an innovative public outreach program to provide free access to soil testing for lead content to all Minneapolis residents. Soil testing kits were made available through local hardware stores, gardening centers and community groups. Citizens could either bring in samples to local merchants where city employees performed on-the-spot ...

  • The Influence of Test Procedure on Correlation of Atterberg Limits with Liquefaction in Fine-Grained Soils

    Liquefaction potential of fine-grained soil deposits is today judged, in part, based on an observed correlation of Atterberg limits to field performance of soils shaken by the 1976 Tangshan earthquake in the People´s Republic of China (PRC). Criteria were subsequently developed and adopted into current liquefaction potential evaluation practice without regard to the test procedures used to ...


    By ASTM International

  • Response of corn and cotton to starter phosphorus on soils testing very high in phosphorus

    Phosphorus from agricultural lands poses a problem in water resources. In 2003, more than 48% of soil samples submitted to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) soil testing laboratory tested very high in soil P (>120 mg dm–3 P). As soil test P increases, off-site P loss increases, through erosion, soluble P runoff, or leaching. On soils testing above high ...

  • Detection of atrazine and metolachlor in soil

    Matrix: Soil Analytes: Atrazine and Metolachlor Range of Detection: Atrazine: 0.5-25.0 ppm, Metolachlor: 0.5-25.0 ppm Materials: Rapid Assay Test Kit SDI BTEX Sample Extraction Kit - Part No. A00165EA Dilution Vials with Caps – Part Nos. 1048700/1038303 25uL Fixed Volume Pipettor Z00257 Pipet ...


  • Detection of carbaryl in soil

    MATRIX: Soil ANALYTE: Carbaryl RANGE OF DETECTION: 40 to 500 ppb MATERIALS: SDI Carbaryl RaPID AssayÒ kit and Sample Diluent. SDI RaPID PrepÔ Soil Collection Kit (optional). SDI RaPID PrepÔ Extraction Kit: Type II (extraction solution, optional) Reagents: Methanol (pesticide grade), distilled or ...


  • Sample extraction kit user’s guide

    Intended Use This extraction kit is for use with the appropriate immunoassay test kit. Each Sample Extraction kit contains the materials necessary to process twelve (12) soil or wipe samples. Test Principles The reagents contained in the Sample Extraction kit have been optimized for fast, efficient removal of compounds from soil or surfaces and convenient ...


  • Chemical Impregnation of Cohesionless Soils

    Existing methods to obtain and test high-quality undisturbed samples of cohesionless soil below the water table depend at some stage on freezing. This limits the range of application to relatively clean sands, and even for those soils the freezing operation is delicate, time-consuming, and costly. Moreover, there is no direct way to check, independently, the effects of the freezing process on the ...


    By ASTM International

  • Detection of carbofuran in soil

    MATRIX: Soil ANALYTE: Carbofuran RANGE OF DETECTION: 10 to 500 ppb MATERIALS: Carbofuran RaPID AssayÒ kit and Sample Diluent. Reagents: methanol (pesticide grade), distilled or deionized water. Equipment: reciprocating shaker, plastic bottles (polypropylene or high density polyethylene, 50 or 60 mL) with ...


  • Soil Treatment of Chlordane

    The following graph illustrates the analytical results of a bio-treatability study conducted on MTBE. A two-liter groundwater sample was collected from the client's service station in western Pennsylvania. We tested three different combinations of microbe and nutrient products in order to determine which products are the most effective. The results indicate that MTBE can be bioremediated by our ...


    By Catalina Biosolutions

  • Evaluation of zone soil sampling approaches for phosphorus and potassium based on corn and soybean response to fertilization

    Soil sampling approaches have been compared based on soil-test variation. This study evaluated sampling approaches for P and K based on yield response to fertilization. Strip trials were established on four fields for P and three fields for K managed with corn (Zea mays L.) and soybean (Glycine max L. Merr.) rotations and evaluated 3 or 4 yr (27 site-years). Treatments replicated three to four ...

  • Stabilization of Liquefiable Samples During Transport

    This technical note presents a new method to transport liquefiable soils from the investigation site to the laboratory. The development of this method resulted from research on liquefiable soils from the Imperial Valley, CA. This method is based upon the application of a slight vacuum on the pore water of the soil. The vacuum decreases the pore pressure, and therefore increases the effective ...


    By ASTM International

  • Alkaline soil, sensible sensor

    Field sensor quickly, accurately identifies soil issues Producers sometimes face challenges that go deep into the soil. They need answers to help the soil, on site. A portable field sensor can accurately measure minerals in soils more easily and efficiently than existing methods. And a research team, including a middle school student and her scientist father, can confirm ...

  • RaPID Assay PCB in soil application

    Intended Use For detection of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB’s) (as Aroclor 1254) in soil. For testing in other matrices, please contact our technical support department at 1-800-544-8881. Materials Required but Not Provided SDI Sample Extraction Kit (Part Number: A00137EA/A00137EB) Procedural Notes and Precautions ...


  • Effects of silver nanoparticles (NM‐300K) on Lumbricus rubellus earthworms and particle characterisation in relevant test matrices, including soil

    The impact of silver nanoparticles (AgNP; at 0, 1.5, 15.4 and 154 mg Ag/kg soil) and silver nitrate (AgNO3; 15.4 mg Ag/kg soil) on earthworms, Lumbricus rubellus, was assessed. Four week exposure to the highest AgNP treatment reduced growth and reproduction, compared with the control. AgNO3 exposure also impaired reproduction, but not as much as the highest AgNP treatment. Long‐term exposure ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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