Agsource celebrates 50 years with special events, including June Dairy Month ice cream social
BONDUEL - While AgSource Laboratories is not “older than dirt,” the organization does have a 50 year history of analyzing soil and contributing to the overall health and productivity of thousands of acres of land.
AgSource Laboratories will celebrate 50 years of soil testing services this August 2017. Customers, friends and community members are welcome to attend several special events this summer at the laboratory, located at 106 North Cecil Street.
- June Dairy Month ice cream social – Wednesday, June 14, 2 - 4 p.m.
- Anniversary celebration open house – Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2 - 5 p.m.
What started as a county extension milk lab has grown into a full service agronomy lab, complete with nutrient management planning and GPS soil sampling services. AgSource Laboratories, in Bonduel, became a part of AgSource (then called ARC, Agricultural Records Cooperative) in August 1967. That first year, the lab processed just 5,301 soil samples. Today, the lab can analyze that many samples in under two days.
“We’re very proud of the lab’s long history,” notes Steve Peterson, AgSource Vice President of Laboratory Services. “Bonduel has been a great community to work in.”
Over the years, the laboratory has specialized in forage, soil, plant tissue and manure testing. While forage testing is no longer offered, agronomy services have expanded to include VRT fertilizer recommendations, GPS soil sampling and nutrient management planning.
“Every day in the lab is different, which keeps things fun,” said Peterson. “It should be interesting to see how we continue to adapt and grow in the future.”