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AgroCares Lab-in-a-Box

Direct on-site access to nutrient testing services only laboratories could provide until now

The most complete, fast, affordable and reliable solution to test nutrients on-site

Imagine having direct access to services only laboraties could provide until now, testing up to 22,500 nutrient samples a year yourself without any previous lab experience.

At AgroCares we put the knowledge of our lead scientists in your hands by giving you access to our Global Soil Database. In the near future we can give you also acces to databases to measure nutrients in feed and leaf materials. The Lab-in-a-Box will now provide you with a complete soil fertility status and customisable hands-on management recommendations. 

  • Quick and reliable soil status
  • On-site complete laboratory
  • Annual license to access the database
  • Intelligent big data solution
  • No lab experience needed

A complete soil fertility status

pH (KCl)

Total nitrogen (g/kg)

Total phosphorus (g/kg)

Potassium (exch.) (mmol+/kg) 

Total Sulfur (g/kg)

Calcium (exch.) (mmol+/kg)

Magnesium (exch.) (mmol+/kg)

Aluminium (exch.) (%)

Boron (exch.) (mmol-/kg)

Boron (Mehlich 3) (mg/kg)

Lime (g/kg)

Total Zinc (g/kg) 

Total Copper (mg/kg)

Electrical conductivity (dS/m)

Iron (Mehlich 3) (mg/kg)

Potassium (Mehlich 3) (mg/kg)

Magnesium (Mehlich 3) (g/kg)

Manganese (M3) (mg/kg)

Molybdenum (mg/kg)

Sodium (exch.) (mmol+/kg)

Phosphorus (Mehlich 3) (mg/kg)

CEC (mmol+/kg)

Copper (Mehlich 3) (mg/kg)

Organic matter (g/kg) 

Zinc (Mehlich 3) (mg/kg)

Clay (%) 

Sand (%)

Silt (%)

Organic matter (g/kg)

Customised recommendations

All the soil data that you obtain with your Lab-in-a-Box can be integrated in your personal management system.

AgroCares can provide you with lime and fertiliser recommendations based on the insights of your own agronomists.

With the GPS located data that the Lab-in-a-Box provides we can create a mapped overview of the nutrient needs in your area.

AgroCares can customise the reports to your brand. Recommend your own fertilisers on a personalised report with your logo.

The AgroCares Global Soil Database

To predict the soil status, the Lab-in-a-Box compares its results to our unique Global Soil Database. It is developed and permanently updated by AgroCares’ research team in our own Golden Standard Laboratory following a standardised procedure to ensure accurate results. We aim to develop this database until it covers the entire world so every farmer has access to the knowledge of our soil scientists.

How it works

An accurate and complete nutrient status within 2 hours

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Collect

Collect a representative sample

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Prepare

Dry and grind your sample

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Measure

Analyse and let the database do the magic

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Check

Receive nutrient status and recommendations

Features

We have developed a compact modern laboratory to analyse nutrient samples, on-site,  that will provide you with better and faster results than a traditional wet chemistry lab.

All components standardised and tested by AgroCares Up to a 100 samples analysed in a day Fully digital, no wet chemistry State-of-the-art spectrometers product-labinabox-editted.png

List of components of the Lab-in-a-Box

 

Sample-prep equipment

  • Soil crusher
  • Ball mill
  • Soil dryers
  • Sample splitter
  • Plastic buckets
  • Sieve and pestle
  • Samples cans and tubes

Analytical equipment

  • MIR ALPHA spectrometer
  • XRF spectrometer
  • HP Laptops
  • Label printer
  • Barcode reader
  • Printer

Our Lab-in-a box

Our applications add value to your services. With our Lab in the box we give organizations access to testing services that only wet chemistry laboratories could provide until now.

The data are easy to customize and integrate into your current services

Frequently asked questions

With the Lab-in-a-Box, the first step is to collect and prepare your sample following an easy to learn and standardised procedure.

The second step is to analyse your  sample with our two spectrometers (XRays and Infrared). The results are compared to  the AgroCares Global Soil Database,  developed in our own Golden Standard Lab. Within minutes you obtain on your computer accurate results. 

This is how you obtain on your computer accurate results in less than two hours without the use of any chemicals.

To enable the operation of an AgroCares Lab-in-a-Box in a new country, a calibration exercise has to be undertaken. A specific amount of samples have to be collected at locations predefined by AgroCares and fully analysed at our Calibration Laboratory in the Netherlands. Once a contract is signed, we will deploy one lead sample taker to your country to train a maximum of three local sample takers that the buyer will provide. AgroCares will bear the costs of the sample takers, the sample taking tools, the shipment of the samples to the Netherlands and their full analysis by the AgroCares Calibration Laboratory. Within a couple of months, the region is covered and the Lab-in-a-Box ready to work.

For each sample analysed by the AgroCares Software System you will pay a small fee to be provided with a complete soil fertility status and crop specific fertilizer recommendations. This fee will be calculated on a per sample basis. Any additional features to the standard recommendation format will increase the initial fee.

No chemicals are required to run the LIAB.

Please ask for a quote for more information.

The Lab-in-a-Box can analyse about 60 soil samples per day with the standard setup. Up to 100 soil analyses can be performed per day with an extended setup that increases the milling and drying capacity.  

Frequently asked questions

We use the personal data we receive from you for the following purposes:

-       To ensure that content from our solutions are presented in the most effective manner for you, your computer and mobile device.

-       To provide you with information about our products or services.

-       To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us.

-       To allow you to participate in competitions and interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so.

-       To notify you about changes to our service.

-       To provide location based services to you.

-       To provide you with information about goods and services which may be of interest to you, including goods and services from third parties.

-       For analyzing and researching purposes.

For more information, please contact us and ask for our Lab-in-a-box privacy policy.

The Lab-in-a-Box is a product that we adapt to the customers needs. Please contact our Sales team for a personal quotation. 

A single person can perfectly operate the Lab-in-a-Box. The number of people that should be running the Lab-in-a-Box entirely depends on the amount of samples you want analysed in a day.

The warranty of the analytical and processing equipment will be of maximum 1 year and bounded and limited to the terms and conditions set by the original manufacturer of the equipment. Damage due to malpractice, misuse of the equipment and/or natural disasters will not be covered by the warranty.

The warranty of the equipment produced by Soilcares will be of maximum 1 year.  Damage due to mal practice, misuse of the equipment or natural disasters will not be covered by the warranty.

Please contact us and ask for the terms and conditions of sales of the Lab-in-a-box for more information.