Soil Sample Bags Available at the County Extension Office
As a general rule soil sample 1/3 of your pastures each year and sample your hay fields every year.
Soil tests will provide valuable information on the soil’s actual nutrient status. Test results are used to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth of lawn, garden and other types of plants.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much does a soil sample cost?
A: Soil samples cost $10.00 per bag to send to the lab. You may pay by cash, or check.
Q: When and how often should soils be tested?
A: Soils can be tested any time during the year. However, allow enough time for the analysis and for fertilizer and lime application. Lime reacts slowly and, if possible, it should be mixed with the soil two to three months before planting. Generally, fall is the most desirable time to sample because landscapes and gardens are usually dry and easily accessible.
Once medium or high fertility levels are established, lawn and ornamental areas need to be sampled every two to three years.
Vegetable gardens should be sampled every 1 to 2 years.
Q: How soon will I get my results back (turn-around-time)?
A: It takes 7 to 10 days from the time we receive the samples to the time you get your test reports back. (Holidays will increase turn-around time.)
Need to know the correct way to collect soil samples or have general questions, visit the UGA Extension website.
(We DO NOT SHIP samples on Thursday or Friday's)
If you are uncertain which water test you need or how to draw water for analysis, please call the Heard County Extension Office at 706-675-3513 for guidance.
Expanded Water Test
The fee for the expanded water test is $65.00 per sample and will test for the pH, and minerals contained in the basic test plus chloride, fluoride, nitrate, phosphate, sulfate, soluble salts and alkalinity. One pint of water is needed for the expanded water test and needs to be the first draw of the morning from the source most often used (usually the kitchen sink). Use a sterilized jar (no residue of previous contents) or a regular water bottle will work as well. Please do not use a jar that has contained pickles, vinegar or salsa. (This is the most common test.)
A basic water sample will test for pH and hardness, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, aluminum, chromium, manganese, copper, cadmium, iron, zinc, sodium, nickel, magnesium, boron, molybdenum and silica. The fee is $25.00 per sample and will take approximately 7-10 working days. To have your well water tested, you will need one full cup of water in a sterilized jar (no residue of previous contents) or a regular water bottle will work as well. Please do not use a jar that has contained pickles, vinegar or salsa.
The bacteria water test kit is $46.00 per sample and tests for total coliform and E. coli levels. The kit is available through the Extension office and includes a sampling bottle, $10.00 extra for shipping = $56.00. (Shipping cost is an additional to test cost.)
W33B - Home Loan Closing Water test: (Bacteria, Lead, Nitrite, and Nitrate) (standard service with report sent in 5-7 business days, the test fee is $85.00 plus $10.00 shipping = $95.00 . $150.00 (expedited service with report sent in 2-3 business days, the test fee is $140.00 plus $10.00 shipping+ $150.00). (Shipping cost is an additional to test cost.)
NO WATER SAMPLES ARE ACCEPTED ON THURSDAY & FRIDAYS
Note: Special sampling instructions, please contact our office for more information. 706-672-4235.
*When testing a well that has not been used for a lengthy period of time (such as a foreclosed home), you should flush the system prior to testing by running all faucets for 2-3 hours. After flushing the system, follow the directions above to collect a proper sample.
*Expanded and Basic Water Samples are accepted at the Heard County Extension Office Monday through Wednesday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
*Bacteria Water Test are accepted on Mondays ONLY to ensure that our lab receives them in a timely manner.
* W33B - Home Loan Closing Water Test are accepted on Mondays ONLY to ensure that our lab receives them in a timely manner.
(We DO NOT Ship samples on Thursday or Friday's.)
FEED & FORAGE ANALYSES
General Sampling Information
- Taking a representative sample is the most important step in assuring quality analyses. Please follow sampling procedures as described later in this section.
- Supply complete information on the sample submission form to ensure maximum usefulness to the client. The animal and feed type must be given if you want calculations for total digestible nutrients (TDN) or other energy values as applicable.
- For total mixed rations, concentrates, vitamin/mineral blends, grains and byproducts, collect multiple core samples or grab samples. Composite the cores or grab samples, mix thoroughly, and sub-sample into quart Ziploc bag.
- Submit hays and silages in a gallon Ziploc bag.
F1 Hays and Silage (NIR + nitrate + minerals)
Moisture, Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF), Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF), Crude Fiber (estimated), Non-fibrous Carbohydrates (NFC), Crude Protein
Lignin, Nitrate (NO3), Total Digestible Nutrients (TDN), Relative Forage Quality (RFQ), 10 Minerals (see F26)
Fee: $45.00 (Estimated turnaround: 5-7 business days upon receipt at the lab.)
F2 - Hays and Silage (NIR + nitrate, excluding minerals)
Moisture, Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF), Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF) Crude, Fiber (estimated), Non-fibrous Carbohydrates (NFC), Crude Protein, Lignin, Nitrate (NO3), Total Digestible Nutrients (TDN), Relative Forage Quality (RFQ)
Fee: $25.00* (Estimated turnaround: 2-5 business days upon receipt at the lab.)
F3 - Hays and Silage (NIR only)
Fee: $20.00* (Estimated turnaround: 2-5 business days upon receipt at the lab.)
F26 - Minerals only
Phosphorus (P), Potassium (K), Calcium (Ca), Magnesium (Mg), Manganese (Mn), Iron (Fe), Aluminum (Al), Copper (Cu), Zinc (Zn), Sodium (Na)
Fee: $30.00 (Estimated turnaround: 5-7 business days upon receipt at the lab.)
*ADDITIONAL COST MIGHT APPLY FOR SHIPPING