Plant and Crop Testing

Plant and Crop Testing

Agricultural and horticultural professionals can take advantage of a complete suite of tests designed to meet the specific requirements of New Zealand based growers. Hill Labs has spent the last 30+ years developing analysis that is specific to the New Zealand situation. Our unique approach means that you can have confidence in the accuracy of your data and make better land management decisions as a result.

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Soil Testing

Choosing the right test option for your situation and interpreting the test data is important and you are best to contact your local fertiliser representative, rural merchant supplies store or consultant for advice. However, for Pastoral Soils: a Basic Soil Profile and sulphate-S test are recommended. Where reactive phosphate rock (RPR) fertiliser has been used, the resin phosphorus (RP) test should be added. For Arable Crops like Maize:a Basic Soil Profile, sulphate-S and available-N are recommended. Other Soil Tests include: organic sulphur, total sulphur, the organic soil profile for soil quality, aluminium, boron, EDTA trace metals, Mehlich 3 trace metals and more.

Herbage Testing

Herbage analyses help pastoral farmers and their advisers choose the best fertiliser programme. They also highlight mineral imbalances that might be affecting the health of pasture or animals that feed on it.

Herbage tests of pasture complement soil tests and allow important trace nutrients like cobalt, selenium, copper and iodine to be adjusted for improved animal health. Using both herbage and soil testing will provide a better overall picture of the farm nutrient status for an improved fertiliser programme. 

Agricultural Plant and Crop

Hill Labs is a RLP accredited laboratory with a wide range of tests to support the fishing and aquaculture industries. Fish, Shellfish (such as mussels, oysters, clams) and even seaweed are tested for compliance against domestic and/or export requirements. Commonly conducted analyses include chemistry testing for Maximum Residue Levels (MRL’s) particularly heavy metals, and Microbiological testing to ensure food safety.

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Horticultural Kiwifruit

Hill Labs is New Zealand's leading provider of testing services to the Kiwifruit industry. We work closely with industry bodies such as Zespri and KVH, as well as rural supply merchants and consultants to ensure all of your on-orchard needs are fit-for-purpose and conveniently available.

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Horticultural Avocado

Over recent years New Zealand's avocado industry has undergone rapid growth. Ensuring that growers maintain high quality high yield systems, remains a key industry driver. As such, Hill Labs offers a diverse array of tests for the analysis of avocados.

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Medicinal Cannabis

Hill Labs is a RLP accredited laboratory with a wide range of tests to support the fishing and aquaculture industries. Fish, Shellfish (such as mussels, oysters, clams) and even seaweed are tested for compliance against domestic and/or export requirements. Commonly conducted analyses include chemistry testing for Maximum Residue Levels (MRL’s) particularly heavy metals, and Microbiological testing to ensure food safety.

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Hemp

Hill Labs has an IANZ accredited cannabinoid method and Ministry of Health approval to test hemp flower for compliance purposes (THC).

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As a New Zealand accredited laboratory by International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ), Hill Labs' commitment to quality is tantamount to our overall operating philosophy. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work.