Notice – Soil Sample Fees to Apply

— Written By Tommy Grandy and last updated by Donna Keene

The Agronomic Division of the N. C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently announced that a $4 fee per sample will be charged to soil samples that arrive at the Soil Lab in Raleigh during the peak season for soil sampling. The peak season and when fees apply will be December through March. The soil sample fee will be based on the date the sample is logged in the system, and not the day of arrival which is usually a few days preceding log in. To make sure your soil samples arrive on time and are entered into the system prior to December 1, please plan to send your samples by November 15th.

If you send samples during the peak season when the $4 fee applies, clients will need to pay in advance of sending samples, either by using a credit card on-line or using an escrow account. The on-line credit card payment system will be in place by late fall on the Agronomic Division website, http://www.ncagr.gov/agronomi/pals/

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center, is encouraging farmers and homeowners to soil test early to eliminate having to pay this soil sampling fee. Soil sample boxes and information sheets are available at the Currituck Extension Center, 252-232-2262. Please call or email tommy_grandy@ncsu.edu  if you have questions or need further information.