Laboratory Fee Schedule

Spring 2011

Sample Submission | Reporting | Sample Volumes | Turnaround Times | Pricing

Since 1976, JMLord, Inc. has provided consultants and growers with fast and accurate analyses of soil, water, and plant tissue for optimum crop management, with services to clients in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, as well as internationally.

JMLord, Inc. is committed to providing our clients with the highest quality analytical services available. Quality control is of the utmost importance. The laboratory participates in the North American Proficiency Testing (NAPT) program, Agricultural Inter-Laboratory Proficiency (ALP) program and Manure Analysis Proficiently (MAP) program. Samples are are tested several times a year to guarantee accurate testing. Check samples, blanks and duplicates for each run and state of the art laboratory equipment also aid in our quality control.

The value of an analysis and of its interpretation is dependent upon an examination of a representative sample. This will consist of a composite of several sub-samples taken from the area under investigation. Exact sampling procedures are available from JMLord, or we can provide sampling services for a nominal charge.

Sample Submission
When submitting samples, the following information should be provided to the laboratory staff:

  • Full name, address, telephone and fax number of the person to whom results should be addressed;
  • Full name, address, and telephone number of the person to whom an invoice should be addressed;
  • Purchase order number if appropriate;
  • Complete and unique sample descriptions;
  • Detailed list of analyses to be performed for each sample.
A complete copy of our current fee schedule (published 2011) is available here. in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. These are some of the most commonly requested analyses. If you are interested in an analysis not listed here, chances are that we can perform it.

If you would like to submit a completed sample log-in form with your samples (makes login/ reporting much easier), you can download a login form here.

If you are submitting samples required by the RWQCB Dairy General Order, you need to complete a "Chain of Custody" (COC). A copy of the COC can be downloaded here.

Samples should be kept cool and dry until delivered to the laboratory for analysis. The laboratory is open to receive samples from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Samples delivered after these hours will be logged in the next business day. Special arrangements can be made for sample delivery or for sample pick up. We also provide sample drop off locations in Selma and Lemoore. Contact the office or Carter Pierce to schedule a drop-off or pick-up.

JMLord is authorized to receive imported or quarantined samples for analytical purposes. These samples require special handling, and a handling charge will apply.

Soil samples are kept for 30 days, and plant tissue samples are kept for 60 days, from date of submission. Storage of samples beyond these time periods is available by request.

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Reports can be delivered both electronically and standard mail. Reports are primarily sent by email and facsimile (fax). Reports are also available in various electronic formats, such as MS Excel and Adobe PDF format. Arrangements may be made for other reporting requirements.

All work is strictly confidential. Client names, addresses, and analytical results will not be released without the clientís expressed written consent.

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Sample Volumes
Minimum sample sizes are as shown

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Sample Type

Minimum Amount

Soil Samples

One pint (500 ml.)

Tissue Samples

Two ounces fresh (60 grams)

Water Samples

One pint (500 ml.)

Manure Samples

One pint (500 ml.)

Sample Type

Minimum Amount


One pint or Two cups

Harvest Tissue

One Quart Zip-Lock Bag


One pint or 8 oz.

Dry Manure & Compost

One Quart Zip-Lock Bag




Soil, tissue, and manure samples should be collected in paper sample collection bags. Water samples should be collected in clean plastic or glass bottles. Bags and bottles can be provided upon request.

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Turnaround Times
JMLord Inc.ís staff strives to analyze and report samples as quickly as possible. Our turnaround time is greatly influenced by our sample load. Often, results are available well before the standard turnaround time. Tissue samples are typically ran in 24 hours and soil and water samples are ran in 48 hours. However, at standard prices, we can only guarantee our normal turnaround time of five (5) working days.

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Prices shown in the price list are for individual sample analysis with standard turnaround time and include sample handling and preparation. Our professional agronomists provide guidelines for critical and desired nutrient levels as well as interpretation of analytical results at no extra charge.

Fees for laboratory services will be billed to the client. The total amount is due within 15 days of billing. After 30 days, there will be an additional charge of 1.5% per month on the unpaid balance. Discounts are available for volume work. All prices are subject to change without notice. A complete copy of our current fee schedule (published 2011) is available here in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. If you are interested in an analysis not listed here, chances are that we can perform it. Contact the office for more information.

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