Hill Laboratories is New Zealand's leading provider of testing services to the Kiwifruit industry. We work closely with industry bodies such as Zespri and KVH, as well as industry supply merchants, such as PGG Wrightsons and Farmlands, to ensure all of your on-orchard needs are fit-for-purpose and conveniently available.
Hill Laboratories is New Zealand's only provider of routine Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa V) testing. Having worked closely with industry bodies, such as Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH), Zespri and Plant and Food since the initial PSA V outbreak in 2011, you can be confident that our testing will meet your on orchard needs.
What to do if you think your orchard is infected by Psa?
If you find symptoms on your orchard, tag the vine and contact your pack house Psa Manager for confirmation that the symptoms are Psa-like. The pack house either takes the sample or organises for a sample to be taken. The pack house will also organise for the sample to be sent to Hill Laboratories. Alternatively you can take the sample yourself and send it directly to the laboratory. Sampling details are available from KVH at the following link
Soil tests measure only a fraction of the total pool of nutrients available to plants (immediate and long term) so it is important that standard New Zealand methods of sampling and soil analysis are used so the results are meaningful and can be related to plant growth under New Zealand conditions.
A complete listing of available soil test options can be found in our easy-to-read technical note documents
Hill Laboratories has extensive experience in the analysis of pesticide residues. We have developed award winning purification systems that ensure the best possible extraction of contaminants across the most diverse array of sample types available in New Zealand. Our test offering is IANZ accredited and suitable for use in both domestic and export-based situations. For a more complete listing of our pesticide residue testing options and the associated test details, simply call us or complete the form below and we will be happy to help you decide what test is best for your particular needs.
Plant analysis is a valuable diagnostic and monitoring tool that should be used to complement soil analysis. A soil test shows what soil nutrients are available to the crop, while a plant test shows what nutrients the crop has actually taken up. In this way, plant tests provide a more reliable assessment of crop nutrient status
A complete listing of available plant test options can be found in our easy-to-read technical note documents
To assist growers in meeting Global GAP requirements, Hill Laboratories offers a convenient Global GAP Test Kit. The test kit includes analysis for the presence of E. coli and Faecal Coliforms in water and includes all of the necessary sample items, as well as a discounted courier ticket. The Global GAP Test is IANZ Accredited and results are provided on a 3 day turnaround time. For a more complete listing of our water testing options and the associated test details or to request a sample collection kit, simply call us or complete the form below and we will be happy to help you decide what test is best for your particular needs.