Rock River Laboratory announced the addition of a groundbreaking new soil sampling tool to its service offerings. Now available, the TundraProbe soil sampler offers an extension on the fall soil sampling season – into winter and past the freezing point.

The 2014 fall soil sampling time frame disappeared quickly for Midwest growers and agronomists as the onset of winter freeze arrived mid-November. In response, Rock River Laboratory sought to help find a way to extend this season. The new TundraProbe soil sampling tool will do just that.

“The TundraProbe allows us to offer our customers more time to fulfill their growers’ soil analysis needs for nutrient management compliance," explains Scott Fleming, Rock River Laboratory soil sampling coordinator and nutrient management specialist. “In some parts of the Midwest, thousands of acres of corn are still standing. The TundraProbe will give many of these growers and their agronomists another chance to gather the soil data they need to plan for a successful 2015.”

This breakthrough tool will also assist agriculture retailers as they are able to gather a better estimate of the 2015 fertilizer demand with more growers planning for next year with the help of their late 2014 soil data. The soil sampling timeline can be a limiting factor for some retailers, and extending the season also offers an opportunity for an extended window of agronomic sales activity.

Adding the TundraProbe to the comprehensive toolbox of services that Rock River Laboratory offers their customers is yet another demonstration of the laboratory’s commitment to alleviating customer challenges that hinder success.

“Rock River Laboratory works very hard to keep a steady pulse on the industry to understand the challenges our customers, and their customers are facing,” says Zac Meyer, Rock River Laboratory director of operations. “As challenges are identified we look to find ways to solve these challenges - in this case a shortened soil sampling season - and continue to strive to better serve our customers and utilize our innovation opportunities to introduce new technology.”

The new TundraProbe soil sampler is now available to those seeking winter soil sampling. See the probe in action by watching the short video at:  Those interested in utilizing this tool should contact Rock River Laboratory at 920-261-0446 and speak with Zac Meyer or Scott Fleming.

With headquarters in Watertown, Wis., Rock River Laboratory provides production assistance to the agricultural industry through the use of advanced analytical systems, progressive techniques, and research-supported analyses. Employing a team of top specialists in their respective fields, Rock River Laboratory is built on providing accurate, cost-effective, and timely analytical results to customers, while featuring unsurpassed customer service.