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NRM soil analysis

Save 10% on soil analysis with NRM

We have teamed up with the UK’s leading agricultural analysis laboratory, NRM, to encourage farmers to benchmark their soils. As an NFU member, you can get 10% off NRM’s CarbonCheck, CarbonCheck Plus, and standard soil package.

CarbonCheck is the most comprehensive soil carbon testing service available in the UK and is rapidly becoming the industry standard. To qualify for the Sustainable Farming Incentive, improve soil health, and get a head start on your carbon capture journey, use CarbonCheck.

Measuring soil carbon, especially the active carbon element, is an effective way to monitor soil health. Benchmarking now will allow you to monitor the impact of sustainable farming practices and be prepared for future income opportunities relying on carbon sequestration.

CarbonCheck results are presented in an easy-to-understand format and are straightforward to interpret. NRM will support you with advice on how your results compare with their databank of samples analysed from across the UK to date.

NRM’s standard soil analysis (P K Mg & pH) ensures farmers comply with the “Farming Rules for Water” requirements, alongside assessing the soil for spring nitrogen supply either by testing or by following the field assessment method in RB209. Regular soil analysis and an annual assessment of soil nitrogen supply should always form the basis of a comprehensive nutrient management plan.




It includes the following analysis, which combine to provide a complete soil carbon audit:

  • Organic carbon (as a % and carbon stock in t/ha)
  • Organic matter
  • Inorganic carbon
  • Total carbon
  • Total nitrogen
  • C:N ratio
  • Bulk density

CarbonCheck Plus:

It includes the standard CarbonCheck tests as well as the additional analysis of Active Carbon, which shows the readily available portion of soil carbon that provides a food source for soil microbes. This is therefore considered a key soil health indicator. Changes in active carbon levels can be identified more rapidly than changes in organic matter, so will highlight the effect of different soil management techniques quickly and easily.

Standard Soil (A001)

Includes pH, available phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium. Results are expressed as mg/l and as ADAS indices. Lime and fertiliser recommendations are available for most crops as per RB209: 9th edition.

How do I get the discount?

To order your CarbonCheck or standard soil package and claim your NFU member’s discount, please complete the form below. Your sample kits will be sent to you, containing everything you need: sample bags, analysis request forms (specific to each package) and postage boxes/bags. Please note, discounts cannot be applied retrospectively, or invoices amended for previous work undertaken. The above process must be followed to ensure the discount is claimed at the time of application. If you have any queries, please contact [email protected]