Agriculture & Natural Resources
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Pesticide Applicator Licensing:
- Georgia Private Pesticide Applicator Testing
- Georgia Commercial Pesticide Applicator Testing
- Recertification Courses offering Pesticide License CEU's
- Check your license expiration and hours earned
- Farm Service Agency Office
- Georgia Forestry Commission Office
- FAQ's for Beginning Farmers
- Farmers & Consumers Market Bulletin Ads
- The Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption (GATE)
- Georgia Landowner's Guide
- No-Till Seed Drill Rentals (Cherokee Feed & Seed)
- No-Till Seed Drill Rentals (Limestone Valley RC&D)
- Small Business Development Center
- Sheep and Goat References
- Georgia Drought Resources
- U.S. Drought Monitor
- Georgia Climate Information
- Southern Region Aquaculture Center
- Vegetable Planting Chart
Commercial & Professional Services
- ISA Certified Arborists
- Georgia Certified Landscape Professionals
- Pond Consultants in Georgia
- Sources of Fish for Stocking Ponds in Georgia
- Licensed Water Well Drillers and Pump Installers
- Certified Irrigation Professional
- Nuisance Wildlife Trappers and Wildlife Control Permits
- Consulting Foresters
- Master Timber Harvesters
- Licensed Commercial Pesticide Contractors
- Licensed Plant Nurseries
- Licensed Structural Pest Control Companies
- Licensed Seed Dealers
- Licensed Bulk Fertilizer Distributors
- Licensed Equine Stables
- Hay Directory for Georgia
- Turfgrass Directory/Buyer's Guide for Georgia
Local U-Pick Farms & Agritourism:
- Christmas Tree Farms
- Strawberry Farms
- Georgia Wine Growers
- West Georgia Winery Association
- Georgia Muscadine Growers
- Georgia Agritourism
- Agricultural Tourism Sites (AGNET)
- Farmer's Markets :
Local Agricultural and Environmental Associations
- Cherokee Beekeeper's Club
- Cherokee Beekeeper's Club Facebook Page
- Cherokee County Saddle Club
- Georgia Cattlemen's Association
- Georgia Green Industry Association Chapter 8
- Cherokee County Master Gardener Association
- Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
- Cherokee County Farm Bureau
- Garden Clubs :
- Georgia FFA Assoc.
- Horticulture Department at Chattahoochee Tech North Metro Campus
- Cherokee County 4-H Club
Determining the fertility level of a soil through a soil test is the first step in planning a sound lime and fertilizer program. Most Georgia soils are low in pH and/or one of the essential plant nutrients. Therefore, to maintain normal plant growth, lime and fertilizer must be applied in sufficient quality to meet the crop requirement. A SOIL TEST is the best means available to determine this requirement.
**Effective January 1, 2016 testing prices will be as follows for Cherokee County residents.
- Routine Soil Test.................................$9.00 per sample (includes postage):
Includes pH, Lime Requirement, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, and Manganese. At least a pint of soil is needed per soil sample to be tested. The lab cannot process samples that are less than a pint. Be sure to pull the soil sample from several spots at random to get a good representative sample. You may bring samples in a pint size plastic freezer bag (filled full) if you don't have a soil sample bag. Please follow the procedures for collecting soil samples below.
- Soil Sampling Procedures in Home Lawns, Gardens & Food Plots
- Soil Sampling Procedures in Farms and Pastures
- Direct Mail Soil Test Kits --$15 (mail conveniently from home)
- Soil Test Frequently Asked Questions
Note: Soil sample bags and water bottles can be picked up at the Extension office.
- Water Test Frequently Ask Questions / Household Water Quality Publications
- All well water samples should be collected from the first draw of water out of the kitchen faucet or from the faucet used most often for drinking. A first draw water sample is collected (after a minimum of 6 hours, but not more than a 12 hour period) during which time there was no water usage from that faucet prior to sampling. Either early morning or evening upon returning from home are the best sampling times to ensure a good sample. Place a clean sample container below the faucet and gently open the cold water tap to fill sample bottles. At least a 1 pint (500 mL) is needed for most samples. Water Sampling Instructions
- Expanded Water Test..........................$65.00 per sample (includes postage):
Designed to address common well water problems in Georgia such as corrosion, high levels of iron and manganese, and nitrate from various sources. This test package should be done at least once on wells before using a less inclusive test. The Expanded Water Test is required for installation and design of home water treatment systems. This test includes the Basic Water Test (see below), Anions, Soluble Salts, and Alkalinity tests.
- Basic Water Test...................................$25.00 per sample (includes postage):
pH and Water Hardness, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Aluminum, Chromium, Manganese, Copper, Cadmium, Iron, Zinc, Sodium, Nickel, Magnesium, Boron, Molybdenum, and Silica
- Water Lead Test Only...........................$45.00 per sample (includes postage):
Lead testing is recommended for homes and/or wells built prior to 1985. Pipes could contain lead solder which could leach into your drinking water.
- Water Arsenic Test Only.......................$45.00 per sample (includes postage):
Arsenic testing is recommended for wells located on old farm sites where pesticides may have been used for cotton production or fruit orchards between 1920-1940.
- Lead and Arsenic Test Combined--If you would like to have your water tested for both Lead and Arsenic at the same time, the fee is only $55 for a combined sample.
- Bacteria Test........................................$46.00 per sample (includes postage):
The most common microbiology test checks for the presence of E. coli and total coliform bacteria. This test requires a special test kit with sample instructions available at the Extension office. This test is recommended annually on home wells. Visit website for more information about disinfecting your well water through shock chlorination.
- W33B Home Loan Water Testing.......Thus the standard turn-around-time for W33B package is 5-7 business days after receipt, the fee is $85/sample+ $10.00 for overnight shipping. Information sheet on W33B water testing.
- $85/sample+ $10.00 for overnight shippingFish Ponds (general water quality)...........$40.00 per sample (includes postage):
Ponds should be sub-sampled at various depths and positions across the body of water and then combined to create one sample. Requires at least a pint (500mL) sample size. Visit website for more information about interpreting Fish Pond Water Analysis Reports.
- Other Water Tests are available upon request.
- Feed and Forage Sampling Procedures (Submit samples in 1 gallon ziploc bags)
- Understanding and Improving Forage Quality
- Using Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) to Categorize Hay
- Forage Nitrate Toxicity
- Soil Sampling Procedures for Plant-Parasitic Nematodes
- Nematode Assay Form
- Plant Disease Sampling Procedures
- Plant Disease Identification Reference
- Homeowner Plant Disease Form
- Commercial Plant Disease Form
- Weed Identification Triage
- Weed Identification Reference
- Aquatic Weed Identification Reference
- Invasive Plant Identification Reference
- Native Plant Identification Reference
- Turfgrass Troubleshooting Triage
- Homeowner Turfgrass IPM Form
- Commercial Turfgrass IPM Form
* Most samples are processed by our lab within 5-7 business days.
1 Other Special Analyses Available upon request.
2 No fee for in-office diagnosis.
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