Testing soil pH
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Testing soil pH

Soil Testing


Why Test Soil?

A soil test will tell you what nutrients are in your soil and what you may need to add (in the form of fertilizer) for successful crop growth. Plants need nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium (macronutrients) as will as micronutrients to grow. Deficiency or excess of these elements will impact the health and productivity of crops. In addition, the pH (acid/alkaline level) of your soil has an impact upon how much of your soil's nutrients your plants will be able to use. CCEDC can provide or arrange several different tests for your soil, and can help you to interpret the results and choose an appropriate course of action if necessary.

Soil pH Testing

Samples should be taken from 6 to 8 inches below soil surface or sod layer. Take several random samples from the area to be tested and mix together. Submit at least one cup of dry soil. The fee is $10.00 per sample. Samples may be dropped off at the Farm & Home Center M-F, 8:30-4:00 from April through October. The receptionist will have you fill out a form and collect payment. Please indicate what crop is (or will be) growing in that area. Test is performed here at our office. Diagnosis results will mailed within 7 days of receipt.

Complete Soil Nutrient Analysis

Samples should be taken from 6 to 8 inches below soil surface or sod layer. Take several random samples from the area to be tested and mix together. Submit at least two cups of dry soil. Samples may be dropped off at the Farm & Home Center M-F, 8:30-4:00. The receptionist will have you fill out a form and collect payment. Please indicate what crop is (or will be) growing in that area. The fee is $15.00 for homeowners and $20.00 for commercial samples. Samples are sent to Agro-One. Analysis results will be mailed or emailed directly to you, by Agro-One, in approximately 7-14 days after receiving them at the Lab.

Contact

Nancy Halas
Sr. Administrative Assistant
nh26@cornell.edu
(845) 677-8223 x115

Last updated June 11, 2015