UGA Extension Office

Soil, Plant, & Water Laboratory Testing

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Extension Publications
  • Home Gardening (B 577) This publication explains everything you need to know about growing a successful home vegetable or herb garden, including location and planning, soil preparation, choosing what to plant and how to tend it, fertilizer, weed control, mulching and composting, watering, pollination, disease and insect control, harvesting, and freezing, canning and preserving.
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Soil Testing (Routine)

Cost: $8.00 per sample

Instructions For Taking Soil Samples:

  1. With a spade, trowel, auger, or soil sampling tube, take a thin vertical slice of soil from at least 10-20 different places in the area to be tested. Mix thoroughly together, and fill the soil sample bag (provided at the Extension Office) to the "fill line". Two cups of soil is all that is required for this test.
  2. For row crops sample to plow depth; for lawns and turf and pasture surface 4" depth; gardens surface 6" depth; orchards surface 8 to 12" depth; and pecan groves surface 6 to 8" depth. For more detailed information on soil sampling guidelines contact your county Extension office.
  3. One sample should represent no more than 15 acres. If more than one soil type is present within sampling area, take a separate sample from each soil type. Avoid sampling high and low spots, areas along roads, old fence rows, fertilizer bands, etc. Sample problem areas separately.

Well Water Testing

Please bring a one pint water sample to the Extension Office for basic/expanded testing. Please contact our ANR Agent at the Extension Office for price information.

Basic Water Test:

Cost: $25.00 

• pH • Hardness • Aluminum • Boron • Calcium • Chromium • Copper • Iron • Magnesium
• Manganese • Molybdenum • Nickel • Phosphorus • Potassium • Silica • Sodium • Zinc

Standard Bacteria Test (E-Coli) :

Cost: $46.00 

• Total Coliform • Escherichia Coli

Combination Test: Basic  + E-Coli: 

Cost: $71.00

Home Loan Closing Test (W33B):

Cost $95.00 

  • Bottle 1: Total Coliform - Escherichia Coli
  • Bottle 2: Lead, Nitrite, and Nitrate  

Lab tests are delivered to the UGA Lab on Wednesdays. Please note E-Coli testing and the Home Loan test kit are time-sensitive. Please contact the Jackson County Extension office for more details on testing well water. 


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Extension Publications
  • Your Household Water Quality: Odors in Your Water (C 1016) Homeowners sometimes experience unpleasant odors in their household water. In many cases, the exact cause of the odor is difficult to determine by water testing; however, this publication provides a few general recommendations for treating some common causes of household water odors.
  • Protecting Your Well and Wellhead (C858-1) If you are one of the many Americans who use groundwater for drinking, the proper protection of your well and wellhead is essential for the health of your family, yourself and your neighbors. This publication contains information about protecting your well and wellhead from contaminants.
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Feed and Forage Analysis 

Hay and Silage (NIR + Nitrate, Excluding Minerals)

Cost: $24.00

Nitrate (Only)

Cost: $ 18.00


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Animal Waste Analysis 

Poultry Litter

Cost: $2.00


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