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Lean manufacturing is the process of cutting back on certain materials or speeding up certain processes to lower the overall cost of manufacturing. There can be key benefits to this approach to manufacturing, but it's important to move forward with a balanced view of lowering costs without compromising quality. This blog looks at that concept, but it also delves into other information related to the manufacturing and industrial fields. Ultimately, this blog is designed to help manufacturing professionals as well as B2B clients who purchase products or outsource processes to this field. If you have questions, I hope that you find the answers you need here.

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Answering Your Questions About Soil Testing

by Mark Peters

Soil testing can be needed for a variety of reasons, especially if you want to plant a garden or farm. If you've never had soil tested before, note a few questions you might have about the process, so you know if it's needed for your property or for a lot you're thinking of buying.

When should soil be tested for planting?

If you want to plant a garden or small farm, it's good to get the soil tested so that you know if it's rich with nutrients that will support your vegetation or if it contains contaminants that might interfere with healthy crop growth. You'll also need to know if the soil is especially dry or especially moist so you can adjust your watering schedule or build a retaining wall to control water flow on the property.

Most labs would recommended that you send a sample for testing well before you plant seeds or bulbs; this is so that they have time to test the soil and also so that you have time to treat that soil as necessary. You typically cannot apply a fertiliser or other treatment to the soil one day and then plant your seeds the next, as you may need to turn and till the soil repeatedly so that it absorbs moisture and nutrients in time for your planting. Err on the side of caution, and have soil testing done as soon as you decide that you're going to plant a garden or farm, rather than waiting until planting season to have this done.

Does a bad smell mean that soil should be tested?

It's good to have soil tested if you suspect it might be contaminated for any reason, but note that a bad smell can be the result of a variety of problems that have nothing to do with your property's soil. For example, a nearby body of water may not have proper drainage so that algae collects on its surface, creating a bad smell. That algae may not be affecting the soil on your property, however.

Gasses may be leaking from an abandoned well, and this can also mean a foul odour, but those gasses may be contained well beneath the topsoil of your property. If you do notice a bad smell on your particular lot, have the soil tested to ensure it's not any type of contaminant, but don't assume the testing has failed if it comes back without having found any type of contamination in the soil.

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