Have You Had Your Soil Tested?

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The fall season is a wonderful time of the year to sample your soil in 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.

At North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Currituck County, you can obtain soil sample boxes and forms needed for the soil sampling process free of charge. There is never any cost for assistance with preparing forms and packaging samples to send to the lab. Agriculture experts on staff will even help you interpret test results. Be sure you get your samples in prior to the peak season fee period by contacting the NC Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center at 252-232-2262 or visit 120 Community Way, Barco to obtain necessary supplies.

form and soil sample box