Project or Activity Designation and Number: SERA-IEG-6

Project or Activity Title: Nutrient Analysis of Soils, Plants, Water, and Waste Materials

Period Covered: June 7, 2006- June 5, 2007

Annual Meeting Dates: Annual meeting, Auburn University, Auburn, AL June 3-5, 2007

Participants: A list of SERA-IEG-6 members and participants in the 2007 meeting along with a record of the minutes from this meeting can be found at the following URL: - click on Participants. Address for the list-server is

Project or Activity Leadership: Activity Leadership:

Chair- Hailin Zhang,

Chair-elect- Rao Mylavarapu,

Secretary- Frank Sikora,

Past Chair- Hubert J. Savoy,

Research Administrative Advisor- Mark Hussey,

Extension Administrative Advisor- David Kissel,

Brief summary of minutes of annual meeting: Please refer to 2006 meeting minutes at the following URL:

The 2007 annual meeting was hosted by Auburn University. Dr Richard Guthrie (Dean of the A.U. College of Agriculture and Director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station) and Dr. Gaines Smith (Director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System) welcomed the group to Auburn.

University of Tennessee agreed to host the 2008 meeting in Nashville which will be help jointly with NCR-13 and NEC-67. The meeting will be held June 22-25, 2008.

Accomplishments and Impacts

The work-group continues to be a forum for interaction of members concerning soil, plant, waste, and water analysis testing and appropriate recommendations given to agricultural producers and others as a result of such testing. Standardization and cooperative activities are encouraged whenever possible within the region. This strengthens national efforts to effectively and efficiently utilize our lime and fertilizer resources while protecting the environment and improving water quality by providing opportunities, if taken, for combining manpower and physical resources within the region wherever appropriate.

A fact sheet on the SMP buffer replacement (Sikora) has been completed and is on the web site.

A fact sheet on a modified Adams-Evans buffer (Huluka, Mitchell, and Bryant) has been completed and is on the web site.

Paul Vendrell presented videos that advertise the need for soil testing and is at

Cooperative Research Projects/Bulletins

Frank Sikora reported on the cooperative research on ICP vs colorimeric analysis of P to be developed into a fact sheet for the web.

Charlie Mitchell passed out a draft of a cotton publication prepared for a southern cooperative series bulletin to summarize soil fertilizer research on coastal plain soils.

Paul Vendrell presented results of a survey on water analyses conducted by the laboratories in the group.

New Publications

Update the organic matter fact sheet on the web (Mitchell, Mylavarapu, Provin, Wang, Hardy)

A fact sheet on the Moore-Sikora buffer is ready for review (Moore and Sikora).

Debbie Joines will continue efforts to develop a fact sheet on Copper deficiency in animals as influenced by soil fertility.

Prepared and Submitted by: Frank Sikora