Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories
Extension provides testing for: Soil,Water, Animal Waste, Poultry Litter, Feeds & Forages, Plant Tissue, Nematode, Compost, Biosolids, Bacteria, and more. Call for details. We also offer insect & plant identification as well as disease and problem diagnosis and trouble shooting. Homeowner or commercial samples accepted.
Here's a sample of our basic test protocols:
Basic Soil Analysis $8.00
This will help you develop and maintain a more productive garden by providing information about the fertility status of your soil. Information from a soil test will help you select the proper liming and fertilization program to obtain the optimum growth of your lawn, garden, ornamental and agronomic plants. Results come back in a week to 10 days.
Collection Protocol: A good soil sample should be representative of the entire area. Take soil from a minimum of 10 random locations in the sampled area and mix together in a clean bucket. For trees and shrubs, take soil from six to eight spots around the drop line of the plants and mix. Areas that have been treated differently should be sampled separately. For lawns sample to a depth of 4 inches. For gardens, ornamental and fruit trees sample to a depth of 6 inches. We will need 2 cups of mixed DRY soil for analysis. Soil Sampling Instructions Link
Basic Water Test $22.00
Mineral tests can determine if the mineral content of your water is high enough to affect either health or the aesthetic and cleaning capacities of your water. A mineral test may include calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, zinc and some others. An abundance of these minerals can cause hard water, plumbing and laundry stains, or bad odors.
Collection Protocol: A first draw water sample can be collected either early morning or evening upon returning home to ensure that the necessary 6-12 hour stagnant water conditions exist. Place a clean sample container below the faucet and gently open the cold water tap. One cup of water is needed. A clean plastic or glass container can be used.
For additional testing information contact the Habersham County Extension Office at 706-839-0250. We are located in Clarkesville in the Agricultural Service Center. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 -12 and 1-5.
How Do I Obtain a Pesticide Applicators License?
Certified Pesticide Applicators must earn a required number of recertification credits every five years or be reexamined. Recertification credits may be earned by attending education meetings approved by the Georgia Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Program. You can search for Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification Courses by type of license (Commercial or Private), license category, or course date. Private applicators must obtain three (3) re-certification credit hours in order to renew the Private Applicator license. Commercial applicators must obtain either six (6) or ten (10) recertification credit hours per licensed category (see CEU requirements for commercial and private categories) to renew their Commercial Applicator license. We also have a series of PowerPoint presentations and webinars you can view at our office for credit. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
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.
- Animal & Dairy Science
- UGA Beef Cattle Programs
- Goats & Sheep
- Forage Crops
- Small Fruits
- Fruit & Vegetables
- Honey Bees
- UGA Organic Production Page
- Fruits & Vegetables
- Lawn Care & Landscaping
- Ornamental Plants
- Nuisance Wildlife
- GA Arborist
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.
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.
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.