In a recent survey, a UK study found that the cost of testing for soil health was about $15 less per test than a test that costs $100.
The study, conducted by University College London and the British Society for Microbiology, looked at soil tests from UK farmers, using soil testing kits purchased from local retailers.
The research was funded by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
“The cost of soil testing can vary significantly depending on the testing method and quality of soil,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Paul Smith.
“This means that soil tests may be more cost-effective than conventional tests, which may require expensive equipment and equipment support.”
Dr. Smith said the new study, which was published in the journal Agroecology, showed that soil testing could be a cheaper way to monitor soil health, and that the results were comparable to a standard test.
In the UK, farmers are encouraged to use a soil test kit as a simple and cheap way to assess the health of their land.
While soil testing is a relatively new technology, it has gained popularity among farmers in recent years, particularly among young people who may be unfamiliar with the scientific process.
According to the report, the cost per test from a UK farm was about half that of a test from the US, while the cost for a UK soil test was only about 30 percent the cost from a US test.
“It is important to note that there are a number of factors that impact on cost and availability of testing,” the report reads.
The study found, however, that some farmers in the UK use tests in their own gardens.
For example, the UK study indicated that farmers in a study conducted in Wales who tested their soil using a kit purchased from a local supermarket reported lower levels of arsenic, nitrates, and phosphorus than their US counterparts.
Other factors that could affect cost include whether soil testing involves chemicals, how long the test takes to complete, and how many tests the farmer needs.
More to come on this story.