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Soil Sampling & pH Mapping Service

Ensure your crop investment is maximised by avoiding low yields through incorrect soil pH and poor nutrient balance.

British Sugar offers a very comprehensive and flexible service for accurately measuring pH plus additional options for establishing your nutrient requirements - for all your crops - not just sugar beet.

pH Measurement

This is our core service. Following the collection of soil samples from nominated fields, these are carefully tested and accurate maps are produced. Precise pH values are clearly shown for each part of the field measured, ensuring that subsequent treatment can be as cost-effective as possible.

Click here to view an example of a pH map

Phone our Helpdesk on 0870 240 2314 for more details

Soil Analysis Report

In addition to the pH measurement, we can undertake the analysis of a number of other parameters, including nutrients, organic matter and nitrogen. A fertilizer recommendation is provided in accordance with RB209.

Click here to view an example of a soil analysis report

Phone our Helpdesk on 0870 240 2314 for more details

Soil testing results can be discussed with our our FACTS-qualified agronomists.
Benefits of using Limex

Concern over decline of liming

The British Survey of Fertiliser Practice* suggests that the steady decline in agricultural land area receiving lime in Britain appears to be reversing slowly for arable agriculture, but for grassland agriculture it is a differerent and more worrying story – see ‘News and Events’ for more information.

The survey also concludes that this area is still considerably less than that calculated to require liming. In addition, it states the principle causes of acidification have not lessened, and it is reasonable to believe that significant areas of arable land, and more particularly grassland, are at a pH level which could limit productivity.

*Organised and jointly funded by the Fertiliser Manufacturers' Association (FMA), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Scottish Executive Rural Affairs.


Proven over more than 80 years, LimeX is an easily spreadable, high-quality liming material ideal for the correction of soil acidity and general conditioning. It is suitable for agriculture, horticulture, brownfield restoration and the built environment.