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UGA Extension Office

Agriculture & Natural Resources

UGA Extension was founded in 1914 to take research-based agricultural information to the people of Georgia. County agents and specialists throughout the state share information on issues like water quality, profitability in agribusiness, family wellness and life skills.

County agents provide soil and water test kits and instruction, advice on safe pesticide use, provide publications and computer programs and teach consumers skills to improve Georgians quality of life. They are the local experts in food safety, proper eating habits, child safety and parenting.


Soil Testing

Determining the fertility level of soil is the first step in planning a sound lime and fertilizer program for home lawns, gardens, pasture grass, and food plots. 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 qualities to meet a plants basic nutrient requirements.  A soil test is the best means available to determine this requirement. Samples may be submitted to our office in plastic baggies or containers.  We will then transfer your sample to our UGA soil bags.  It's best to have 2 cups soil per sample, see the link below on how to take a soil sample.

Routine Soil Test
Cost: $10.00 per sample (includes postage)

Test includes pH, Lime Requirement, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, and Manganese.


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