July 19, 2021

NRM’s bespoke GrainCheck analysis kits are now available to order. Designed to make sampling grain for nutrient analysis quick, easy and convenient, they include everything needed to help farmers and their advisors better understand crop nutrient offtake and identify any deficiencies.

Each kit includes 10 sample bags, 3 postage bags already printed with NRM’s return address, 3 personalised analysis request forms, and a handy booklet with instructions on how to collect grain samples and send them to NRM for analysis. Each one is vacuum sealed and completely airtight, meaning that they are easy to store and transport.

‘Ever since we launched our GrainCheck service, customers have asked us for advice on the best way to take grain samples,’ said Rory Geldard, Business Development Manager at NRM. ‘This handy kit tells them everything they need to know, and makes the sampling process even easier. Once an order is placed, we fill out the analysis request forms with the customer’s account details before we send the kit out. That way, they have everything they need to collect and send samples at a moment’s notice.’

Launched last year, the results from GrainCheck are benchmarked against ADAS published critical values to give context on grain nutrient content and offtake. To get the most out of our report, individual field sampling is required. Our new kit explains how this can easily be done.

Our handy online calculator , also available now, converts P & K results from the GrainCheck report into kg/ha of P2O5 and K2O offtake based on the actual yields achieved. The test is suitable for cereals, oilseeds and pulses.

‘Testing grain at harvest really is invaluable,’ continued Rory. ‘While it may seem less of a priority at a busy time of the year, calculating actual nutrient removals, as well as continuing to monitor soil nutrient levels, is so useful in assessing and finetuning crop nutrition policies. Testing grain nutrient offtake also evaluates the suitability of grain for specific markets by checking protein and zinc levels, and provides evidence of seasonal issues like poor rooting or compaction. That’s why we’re so proud of our kit—it has really streamlined the sampling process at a very busy time of year.’

For more information on GrainCheck or to request your kits, contact Rory Geldard or speak to your agronomist.