The Professional Agricultural Analysis Group (PAAG) was established in 2009 to help ensure a common quality standard amongst participating laboratories and to promote the benefits of soil analysis for efficient nutrient management. One of the early actions agreed by the PAAG was the collation of their UK soil analytical data to show breakdown by pH class and by P, K and Mg Indices.
"In recent years some commentators had undermined confidence in soil analysis reports, "said AIC's Jane Salter talking on behalf of the group. "The willingness of laboratories to work together for the common good of the industry and continually monitor their services is a great asset to the industry.
"Not only is the Proficiency Testing scheme a success in underpinning confidence, but an added bonus of the collaboration is an aggregation of results to produce the first of a series of annual reports that will track trends in soil analysis data. This will help industry to understand soil nutrient status both regionally and nationally as well as helping to keep government informed on trends in nutrient status."
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