CTS’s Agricultural Laboratory Proficiency (ALP) Program has added the Solvita Soil Test to its proficiency list of procedures. The new CO2-Burst Method met the necessary prerequisite that at least 12 commercial USA soil labs be using it. Solvita is seen as filling a gap for commercial lab tests which have not included biological assessment of soils in their test suites.
Since 2007, Dr. Robert Miller has served as Technical Director of ALP, operated by Collaborative Testing Services (CTS) to refine the overall soil program. There are presently 70 labs in the program (including Woods End). This program allows laboratories to audit a large portion of their activities on an ongoing basis – critical to dealing with the changing dynamics of staffing, equipment maintenance and training. Among Dr. Miller’s activities are the preparation of test samples, assisting with interpretation of the collected data and providing summary reports to member labs.