The ANSERV Labs processed a total of 401,811 samples starting July 2005 through June 2012, resulting in over 2 million analyses provided through the Labs.
The annual total samples analyzed were 52,052, 53,288, 62,726, 68,357, 42685 and 42889 samples during the FY07-08 to FY12-13 respectively.
Extension Soil Testing Laboratory
ESTL now processes the samples within 24 hours of receipt.
The number of samples processed through the ESTL increased by 50%, from 11,012 samples in FY05-06 to over 16,800 samples in the FY11-12 and 13887 samples in the FY12-13.
The ESTL has been successfully participating in the North American Proficiency Testing Program (NAPT) offered through the Soil Science Society of America, since 1999.
Analytical Research Laboratory
The number of samples submitted and analyzed through the ARL was 33,938, 24,307, 17,761, 22,768, 28,830, 35,032, 25,885 and 29,002 from FY 2005-06 to 2012-13 respectively.
The number of samples processed increased back to nearly 29,000 in FY09-10 after a decrease in FY07-08, due to significant reduction in grant funded projects during that period. However, the number of samples processed through the ARL increased by over 2,000 samples during the same FY indicating a shift in requests towards certified analyses.
Environmental Water Quality Laboratory
The number of samples processed through the EWQL from FY05-FY13 (for FY05-06 and FY06-07, the numbers represent the NELAC Certified samples those years) was 16,428, 20,876, 19,994, 18,526, 19,794, 18,251, 6,516 and 2,628 respectively. Recently, several major certified projects were successfully completed leading to a decrease in the number of samples. Now we are preparing for new projects.
The EWQL through its NELAC certification has analyzed over 102,000 nitrate samples for the statewide Landscape turf program, directly providing technical input into BMP programs in the state. These BMPs impact a total of nearly 5 million acres of home lawns, with an estimated savings of $ 6.25 million in reduced nitrogen fertilizer consumption.
The current EWQL has been successfully operating, continuously since 2003, under the National Environmental Laboratory Certification Conference (NELAC) certification, a rigorous national QA/QC program, administered through the Florida Department of Health.
Livestock Waste Testing Laboratory
The LWTL processes over 300 samples State-wide in 09-10 and 11-12 fiscal years and 442 samples in FY12-13. This is a 50% increase from when the lab moved to Gainesville in 2008 to become a part of ANSERV labs.
The LWTL provides comprehensive testing for all waste samples and composts. The majority of samples are dairy and poultry manures products. The LWTL also tests other manure products, biosolids and compost materials. By providing high quality analytical results, Best Management Practice (BMP) producers can utilize manures and composts as fertilizers for specified crops to achieve optimal results.