UGA Extension Office

Lab Testing Services

Soil Tests

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.

Soil Test Pricing: 

  • Routine Soil Test- $8.00 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. 

Note: Soil sample bags and water bottles can be picked up at the Extension office.

***Other Soil Tests Are Available Upon Request and Their Prices Vary*** 

Soil Sampling Resources:



Water Tests

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 Procedure

Water Test Pricing:

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

Expanded Water Test- $70.00 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.

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)

Fish 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.

**Other Water Tests are available but prices vary**

Other Popular Tests: 

Forage Tests- $20 (Basic Test)

Forestry/Tree Sample Diagnostics- $15 

Nematode Assays- $15

Plant Disease Diagnostics- $15

Radon Testing- $13

Turfgrass Sample Diagnostics- $15


It Is Best To Do a Test