Knowing the pH and nutrient content of your soil is important to successful growing.
How To Take A Soil Sample
LAWN/GARDEN/LANDSCAPE SOIL TESTING
CCE of Jefferson County
pH Testing- There is no charge for this test for up to 3 samples. Additional sample testing is $2 per sample. Just
drop off a soil sample at our reception desk and we will call you with the results. A pH test measures the acidity or alkalinity
of your soil. In Jefferson County most
soil pH levels range from 6.5 to 7.4.Most plants grow best at a pH level of 6.5 to 7.0. Depending on what crop you are growing, if
your pH levels are normal and you are not having problems, no further testing
Complete Soil Analysis- The charge for this test is $13 if you mail the
sample yourself; $15 if we mail it in. Soil testing for agronomic crops is $18, see
Mike Hunter for this testing. Your
soil sample is sent to Agro-One Labs in Ithaca, NY. This test should be done if
soil pH levels are out of the normal ranges, or if you have been having
problems with your garden or lawn.
For home gardens, lawns, trees, fruit: stop at our reception desk
and someone will assist you in filling out the submission form.
For commercial samples (farm businesses): I will need to meet with you at our office
when you drop off the sample to get information required for the lab
sheet.Please call ahead to make sure
Sue Gwise will be here to assist you.
- You will receive a soil analysis
report via regular mail or email (your choice) in about 2 weeks. The report will give levels of phosphorus,
potassium, organic matter and the soil pH.Specific recommendations will be listed on the report based on your soil
and the crop you are growing under the section labeled “your garden needs”.
How to take a soil sample- Using a hand spade and a small container, take 5
to 6 random samples from the planting area. Dig down to a depth of about 8 inches. Mix all of the samples together and bring in two cups of the mixture.If
the sample is wet, it should be left out to dry overnight. Place the sample in a zip-lock bag, or a
glass or plastic container. Do not use
samples for pH and home garden samples are accepted at the CCE Jefferson reception
desk from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.
call ahead for commercial crop soil analysis testing.
Last updated November 7, 2019