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  • Brian Dougherty

    February 17, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Hi Jerel, that’s an interesting idea to submit your own water for the Haney test. The labs all use deionized (DI) water so it is ‘standardized’ for all samples. I suspect using your own water might give you more accurate results specific to your conditions, but the test has been calibrated to use DI water so it could also potentially give you a less accurate result. That would be a good question for a lab tech at one of the soil analysis companies. The other issue would be convincing a company to do it. If they run a large volume of samples they probably wouldn’t want to mess with it. If they were willing to do it you could run the test both ways and see what the difference is.

    Regarding when to run the test, it depends on what your goal is. If you want to use it as a predictive tool (fert recommendations) then run it beforehand. If you want to see how your current program is working, run it after applying products. Ideally you would do both, but it’s an expensive test. I don’t see why this approach would change between regenerative and conventional management but I may be overlooking something. I’m probably not telling you anything you didn’t already know but hoping to get more input on this as I’m interested as well.