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SGS recently launched its Soil Fertility services in Russia with the opening of a high-tech soil testing laboratory in the centre of the Black-Soil region in Voronezh. Its first field jobs for fertility management started in Belgorod region with an assessment of overall condition of soils through GPS soil sampling and soil testing.

The field crews use the current GPS technology and create field boundaries as well as geo-referenced soil sample sites. We consider it extremely important to obtain the representative samples to provide our clients with exact data upon soil testing. Accurately and consistently the field specialists take soil samples corresponding to each site of the field grid. All kinds of crops and different cropping systems are considered. Harmonised procedures, special protocols and documentation systems specific to our clients are used to compile the required study data.

GPS technology gives a more accurate account of tillable acres and more consistent test results at each sampling interval.

Samples are quickly delivered to the Soil Testing laboratory in Voronezh to determine key nutrient parameters and help farmers to take decisions prior to planning the future crop and fertilizers application for the next year. By determining the current nutrient levels in the soil, fertilizer application requirements can be mapped to optimise crop productivity potential.

The Soil Testing laboratory in Voronezh is able to provide the clients with basic parameters such as pH, N, P, K, and extended soil testing for Ca, Mg, CEC, Ca, Mn, S, Na, B, Zn, and %Organic matter.

Even the first days of our field works and soil testing in the laboratory showed that the fields are not balanced, although some of them were considered to be properly tilled.

At every step, SGS fertility testing and GPS sampling makes cost-effective information available to producer clients, which helps them to save money, improve crop yield, and minimise negative environmental impact. We use individual approach to the needs of our customers, depending on the crops they are planning to grow and the current level of fertility on their lands.

Because of the spatial variability of soil nutrient values at the field level, new technologies involving GPS and site-specific applications, known as variable rate technology (VRT), have been developed to place the right amount and type of fertilizer where it is most needed. This may mean, for example that two to five different rates of phosphorus fertilizer are applied in the field instead of one single broadcast rate. With our services in Russia we also intend to assist our clients in obtaining efficiency, reduction of cost and environmental protection, which can result out of the fertility management.

For details about these services and local specialist knowledge, please contact:

Alexey Beschetnov
AGRI Regional Business Development Manager
Eastern Europe
m: +7 916 654 38 98

Julia Gubina
Project Manager / Soil Fertility
m: +7 910 342 27 79

Website: www.cropservices.sgs.com

About SGS

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognised as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With 59,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.