As global market and social pressures demand that farming methods become ever more sustainable, soil quality and fertilizer analysis have become increasingly important variables in determining crop yields. However, due to the fact that fertilizers contain large volumes of active ingredients, and that contaminants being measured are present in low concentrations, effective analysis is challenging.

Considerable emphasis has been placed on fast, accurate, and precise determination of many elements in agricultural soil. Analyzing micronutrient contents enables an assessment of the nutrient levels available for plants, and highlights possible deficiencies, but systems must be able to measure a wide range of ingredients.