Agriculture & Natural Resources
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 quantity to meet the crop requirement. A SOIL TEST is the best means available to determine this requirement.
Instructions for Taking Soil Sample
1. With a spade, trowel, auger, or soil sampling tube, take a thin vertical slice or core of soil from at least 10-20 different places in the area to be tested. Combine, mix thoroughly together, and fill the soil sample bag to the FILL LINE. Fold top to FILL LINE and fasten metal flaps securely to avoid spillage during shipment.
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.
4. Complete the items requested on the front of the bag and return sample to your county agent.
For more information, view The Soil Testing the Easy Way YouTube video.
Soil Sample pricing:
- 1st sample - $14.00
- 2 samples - $21.00
- 3 samples - $28.00
- 4 samples - $35.00
- 5 samples - $42.00
- 6 samples - $50.00
for additional sample pricing, contact our office. Cash or Check only.
Water samples can also be tested for a variety of purposes. The basic water test checks for pH, water hardness, and the presence of 16 minerals. There are several water tests available, below are our most popular:
- Basic/Routine Water Test: $28.00
- Total Coliform & E.Coli (Microbiology-Bacteria): $46.00
- Expanded Water Test: $68.00
- GA-EPD Public Water System Review & Permitting Process: $160.00.
A minimum of 1000 ml or 32 ounces of water is needed for testing.
- Home Loan Closing Test (Bacteria, Lead, Nitrite, & Nitrate): $105.00
Contact our office for more water tests, instructions, and pricing information.
*Water test bottles/kits must be picked up from our office to provide accurate samples for testing. Payment for Water Testing is due at time of picking up test kits in form of cash or check only. (checks made payable to Liberty County Extension Services).
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Please read all instructions and bring application, certification of citizenship and copy of driver's license to our office for submission to GA Dept of Agriculture.
Register for your New Account online and print certificate after successfully completing exam.
If prompted for "Enrollment Key" please enter: PPE2014
Any further questions, feel free to contact us.
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.
Understanding Laboratory Wastewater Tests: I. ORGANICS (BOD, COD, TOC, O&G) (C 992) For most people a complete understanding of the standard methods required to accurately complete critical wastewater analytical tests is not necessary. However, a fundamental understanding of the theory behind and working knowledge of the basic procedures used for each test, and the answers to commonly asked questions about each test can be a valuable tool for anyone involved in generating, monitoring, treating or discharging process wastewater.
Factors to Consider in Selecting a Farm Irrigation System (B 882) The majority of agricultural irrigation systems in Georgia fit into one of two broad categories: sprinkler irrigation and micro-irrigation. Sprinkler irrigation systems include center pivot, linear move, traveling gun, permanent set and solid set. Micro-irrigation systems include drip (or trickle) irrigation and micro-sprinklers. No one system is best for every application. Once you decide to install an irrigation system, you must consider several important factors before deciding which system is best for your situation. This publication is intended primarily for the farmer who has made the decision to irrigate and is in the process of deciding what type system will best fit into his or her operation.
Important Hurricane Information and Resources
Below are some of UGA Extension's most broadly useful resources for those involved in agriculture on the farm, in schools, and around the home.