Cooperative Extension’s soil testing service dates back to 2005. The number of samples we process averages more than 3,000 a year. The following list is compiled from 12 years of answering questions and processing soil. We hope you will find it helpful.
General sample taking information
Specific directions for collecting a sample can be found on individual forms. In general samples should be collected as follows:
Given the way this winter has gone so far, it’s possible the ground will thaw soon if it hasn’t already. That gives gardeners a prime opportunity to take their spring soil samples earlier than normal. But, sending in the sample is only the first step, next you will need to make sense of the results that come back.