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Prices for General Soil and Water Testing:

  • Basic Soil Test: $8.00 per bag, shipping included.
  • Soil Testing in Georgia
  • Soil Testing for Home Lawns, Gardens and Wildlife Food Plots
  • Basic Water Test: $20 plus shipping, per sample (mineral content, pH, hardness)
  • Bacteria in Drinking Water: $36, does not include over-night shipping. Samples accepted in office M-T-W. Requires special kit for testing.
  • Home Loan Closing Water Test: Bacteria, Nitrite, & Nitrate. For 5 to 7 business days $85 or for 2 to 3 business days $140, does not include over-night shipping.

Extension Publications
  • Vegetable Garden Calendar (C 943) The recommendations in this circular are based on long-term average dates of the last killing frost in the spring and first killing frost in the fall. Every year does not conform to the "average," so you should use your own judgment about advancing or delaying the time for each job, depending on weather conditions.
  • Native Plants for Georgia Part I: Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines (B 987) This publication focuses on native trees, shrubs and woody vines for Georgia. It is not our intent to describe all native species — just those available in the nursery trade and those that the authors feel have potential for nursery production and landscape use. Rare or endangered species are not described. Information on each plant is provided according to the following categories: Common Name(s)/Botanical Name/Family, Characteristics, Landscape Uses, Size, Zones and Habitat.
  • Key to Diseases of Oaks in the Landscape (B 1286) This publication contains a guide to diseases of oak trees in the landscape.
  • Stinging and Biting Pests (C 782) This publication contains descriptions and images, as well as methods of control, for common stinging and biting pests found in Georgia, including: bees, wasps, hornets, fire ants, scorpions, caterpillars, spiders, chiggers and flies.
  • Landscape Plants for Georgia (B 625) This publication includes a list of good plants for Georgia organized into various sizes and groups. The design qualities of plants—their form, size, color and texture—are emphasized according to the principles and requirements of good landscape design and plant maintenance. Hardiness and disease and insect resistant qualities are also considered.
  • Growing Indoor Plants with Success (B 1318) Interior plants are an ideal way to create attractive and restful settings while enhancing our sense of well being. In addition, houseplants can be a satisfying hobby and can help purify the air in our homes. To be a successful indoor gardener, you need to understand how the interior environment affects plant growth and how cultivation differs from growing plants outdoors.
  • Millipedes and Centipedes (B 1088) Millipedes and centipedes do not carry diseases that affect people, animals or plants. Millipedes do occasionally damage seedlings by feeding on stems and leaves, and may enter homes in large numbers during periods of migration and become a considerable nuisance. They do not cause damage inside the home, although they may leave a stain if they are crushed. Centipedes, which have poison glands and can bite, pose an occasional threat to humans.
  • Cation Exchange Capacity and Base Saturation (C 1040) Cation exchange capacity (CEC) is a measure of the total negative charges within the soil that adsorb plant nutrient cations such as calcium (Ca2+), magnesium (Mg2+) and potassium (K+). As such, the CEC is a property of a soil that describes its capacity to supply nutrient cations to the soil solution for plant uptake.
  • Weed Control in Home Lawns (B 978) Weeds can be major pests of home lawns. Due to differences in color, leaf size, shape and growth habit, weeds detract from the natural beauty of desirable turfgrasses. Additionally, weeds compete with turfgrasses for sunlight, soil moisture, nutrients and space. Many weeds can quickly become the dominant species in a lawn. This publication contains comprehensive information about weed control in home lawns.
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Upcoming Events
  • Feb 3 Journeyman Farmers Certificate Program Fruit and Vegetable Production Section UGA Extension Henry County is offering the Journeyman Farmers Certificate Program for small farmers who are new and for those who would like to become a small farmer. The Fruit and Vegetable Production is a seven-part training that covers soil health and fertility, crop rotations, pest management, food safety, and marketing.
    • McDonough, GA - (55.0 Miles)
  • Feb 4 Journeyman Farmers Certificate Program Fruit and Vegetable Production Section UGA Extension Henry County is offering the Journeyman Farmers Certificate Program for small farmers who are new and for those who would like to become a small farmer. The Fruit and Vegetable Production is a seven-part training that covers soil health and fertility, crop rotations, pest management, food safety, and marketing.
    • McDonough, GA - (55.0 Miles)
  • Feb 7 Beef Cattle 101 Are you a beginning, novice, or veteran cattle producer? Are you new to the cattle industry and need some help learning the basics? Have you been farming for a while but need a refresher? The Lamar County Soil and Water Conservation District, USDA: Natural Resources Conservation District, Two Rivers RC&D, and Upson/Lamar Extension are bringing back the Beef Cattle 101 series this winter! We will be hosting a 5-class series (4 evening sessions and 1 hands-on field day) covering Beef Cattle Basics starting Jan 31, 2023. Topics include: getting started, soils and grazing, weed management, herd health, nutrition, and more! If you have any questions, call the NRCS Barnesville Field Office. (770)358-0787 ext 3
    • Barnesville, GA - (55.0 Miles)
  • Feb 7 2022 Southwest Georgia Master Cattleman Program Subjects to be covered include: ~ Nutritional Management ~ Forage Management ~ Beef Quality Assurance ~ External Parasite Management ~ Farm Facilities and Fencing ~ Reproductive Management ~ Herd Health ~ Sire and Female Evaluation and Selection ~ Beef Cattle Economics and Marketing ~ Registration fee includes a notebook of all presentations, certificate, UGA Master Cattleman cap, and refreshments. ~ Pre-registration deadline is JANUARY 9, 2023. Participants must attend 6 of the 8 sessions to receive a certificate of completion and UGA Master Cattleman cap. JANUARY 10 through FEBRUARY 28, 2023 Every Tuesday evening from 6:00pm – 8:00pm (January 10, 17, 24, 31, and February 7, 14, 21, 28) Dougherty County Northwest Library Event Center 2507 Dawson Road, Albany – behind the library
    • Albany, GA - (119.0 Miles)
  • Feb 8 Vegetable Garden Lunch & Learn Are you wanted to start a garden for the first time or maybe you want to revamp your the garden you've had for years? Join us the 2nd Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 p.m. each month from February to October to learn how to make the most out of your garden throughout the year. Join us in-person or online! If you're joining us in-person, make sure to bring your lunch to enjoy while learning.
    • Virtual Event
    • Thomson, GA - (49.0 Miles)
  • Feb 9 So You Think You Want Bees Honey bees and beekeeping come with a lot of benefits, but it's not for everyone. Find out if beekeeping is the right fit for you and what it takes to get started during this free, virtual lunch and learn.
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