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

Imagine having direct access to services only laboratories 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 access 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 customizable 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)

Customized 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

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

How it works

An accurate and complete nutrient status within 2 hours


Collect a representative sample


Dry and grind your sample


Analyse and let the database do the magic


Receive nutrient status and recommendations


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

Up to a 100 samples
analysed in a day

Fully digital, no wet chemistry


List of components of the

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

  • Soil crusher

  • Ball mill

  • Soil dryers

  • Sample splitter

  • 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

Working with the Lab in a Box can be split into 4 simple steps:

  1. Collecting the sample (taking the sample on arable land 0-30 cm)
  2. Sample registration & preparation (drying, grinding, splitting, milling)
  3. Sample analysis – sample analysis is done with two spectrometers Xray and MidInfrared. The received spectral information is converted via prediction models that are based on the AgroCares Database into useful soil data.
  4. Receiving the Report – after analysis the reports can be downloaded from the Portal within a few minutes

The whole procedure of preparation and analysis until finished report takes approximately 2 hours, depending on the drying time of the sample. No use of chemicals is required for the analysis with the Lab-in-a-Box.

To enable the operation of an AgroCares Lab-in-a-Box in a new country, it is important to establish a local calibration database. To calibrate a country or area of interest a specified set of samples has to be collected at location pre-defined by AgroCares R&D, which are then to be analysed at the Golden Standard Laboratory in the Netherlands before this information is being integrated into the global soil database and predictions models are created. Depending on the size of the country and area this can take several month until the database is finalized.

Under certain circumstances it is possible to use the Lab-in-a-Box for calibration while it is partially operational in an uncalibrated area.

Please contact us if you would like to learn more about the use of the Lab-in-a-Box.

The analysis of samples with the Lab-in-Box is to be paid through the purchase of an annual license. There are different packages of annual licenses available depending on the amount of samples to be analysed.

In addition to the annual license, the following costs occur when purchasing a Lab-in-a-Box: Hardware, annual support fee, training & installation (on-off) and customization of the report (one-off).

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How many soil samples can be analysed with the Lab-in-Box per day?

The Lab-in-a-Box can perform the analyse of 60-80 samples per day within the standard setup of the equipment. The sample throughput per day can be increased with a more extended equipment setup to increase milling and drying capacity.

The Lab-in-a-Box can perform the analyse of 60-80 samples per day within the standard setup of the equipment. The sample throughput per day can be increased with a more extended equipment setup to increase milling and drying capacity.

Frequently asked questions

AgroCares uses the personal data we receive from our customers for the following purposes:

  • Provide the most affective and fast support in case any issues or questions occur.
  • Ensure that the content in Portal and Application is shown in the most efficient and practical manner.
  • Provide location based services to our customers.
  • For AgroCares research purposes with the aim to enhance the quality of the database and improve the overall accuracy
  • For AgroCares to carry out contractual obligations based on the agreements with our customers and partners.

The number of operators required for the Lab-in-a-Box depends on the amount of samples to be analysed in a day. For the most efficient setup we suggest 2 operators. One handling soil preparation and one being in charge of soil analysis.

The Liab operators do not have to be trained Lab personal. However, it is an advantage if the operators understand basic English and have knowledge to work with computers. AgroCares staff will provide an extensive 4-5 days training during the installation.

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.

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