Have you had your soil tested?

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The fall season is a great time of the year to sample the soil for gardens, lawns and farms in preparation for next year’s growing season. Results from soil samples taken in the fall will allow growers to apply amendments to improve their soil fertility for next year’s growing season.

Throughout most of the year residents of North Carolina may have their soil tested free by the Agronomic Division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Raleigh. However, during the peak season for soil testing, there is a $4 charge per sample. This period when fees are charged will begin on December 1 and will run until March 31.

Anyone wishing to have their soil tested, may contact the North Carolina Cooperative Extension center in their county for soil sample boxes and forms that are needed for this process. Residents of Currituck County may contact the Extension Center at 252-232-2262 or visit at 120 Community Way, Barco to obtain these soil sample supplies.

A soil sample information form