This document specifies methods for the reduction and preparation of samples of fertilizers, liming materials, inhibitors and blends and sets out the requirements for sample preparation reports. It also specifies methods for the preparation of test samples and test portions from laboratory samples of fertilizer for subsequent chemical or physical analysis. It does not cover the preparation of samples for certain physical tests which require test portions of more than 2 kg.
NOTE 1 The term “fertilizer” is used throughout the body of this document and is understood to include liming materials and inhibitors unless otherwise indicated.
NOTE 2 In relation to the procedures set out in this part of the standard any special procedures specific to a particular test method will be set out in that method standard.