An exciting trial around sample collection
Good sample collection protocols are essential for generating meaningful analytical results in the lab, so reliable sample collection is something that is close to our hearts. We were therefore very pleased to sign a Heads of Agreement with Ballance Agri-nutrients to pilot something new this year, whereby Hill Laboratories will collect the soil samples for all of Ballance’s customers requiring soil analyses in the Waikato region. These samples will be analysed in our Hamilton laboratory, as per usual.
This is an exciting trial for both businesses, strengthening an already-strong relationship, and building on the existing exclusive supply agreement around soil sample analyses.
From Ballance’s perspective, this will allow their Nutrient Specialists more time to spend working with their customers to discuss what’s best for their farm and create a plan that helps them achieve their objectives.
For Hill Laboratories, this represents a further important step into the area of sample collection, and leverages the kiwifruit sample collection capability that was recently established in our new Tauranga-based operations.
For the next few months we will have seven 4WD utes operating in the Waikato region, with a combination of permanent and seasonal staff running this pilot for us. We are working closely with the team at Ballance to ensure this trial is a success, and welcome any feedback from Ballance customers based in the Waikato around how the trial has gone, and how things could be improved.