UGA Extension Office

Testing Services

Whether you are looking to increase your crop yield, grow healthier roses, test the quality of your drinking water, make sure your creek water isn't polluted, or making sure your cows are getting the best feed, we can help. Call or stop by our office to get more information.

Learn more about our testing services by visiting the Ag and Environmental Services Laboratories (AESL) website.

Link to Ag and Environmental Services website


Soil Testing

S1 Soil Test. A routine soil sample will test for pH, lime requirements, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and manganese. The fee is $10.00 ($6.00 + $4.00 postage) per sample with adjusted shipping costs for additional samples submitted at the same time by an individual client. It will take approximately 7-10 working days to process. Soil probes are available for loan to pull the sample. Call the office at (478) 994-7014 to request the use of a soil probe. There is a $50 deposit required for the use of the soil probe refundable if returned undamaged within 7 days.

Learn more about our soil testing services by visiting the Soil Analyses portion of the AESL website.  

Link to Soil Analyses at AESL website

Water Testing (Most Common)

  • W1. 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. To have your well water tested, you will need to take 8 ounces of water in a clean jar to the Extension office. The fee is $24.00 ($20.00 + $4.00 postage) per sample and will take approximately 7-10 business days.
  • W2. An expanded water sample test includes a basic water test along with Anions (chloride, fluoride, nitrate-nitrogen, phosphate, and sulfate), soluble salts, and alkalinity. To have your well water tested, you will need to take 16 ounces of water in a clean jar to the Extension office. The fee is $63.00 ($60.00 + $4.00 postage) per sample and will take approximately 7-10 working days.
  • W33C. Dept. of Public Health: Private Well Chemical Test includes an expanded water test, total nitrate and nitrite, and lead and arsenic. To have your well tested you will need to take 32 ounces of water in a clean jar to the Extension office. The fee is $126 ($122.00 + $4.00 postage) per sample and will take approximately 5-7 business days.
  • W33B. A Home Loan Closing water sample tests for Lead, Nitrate, Nitrite, and Total Coliform/E-coli. These four are commonly required for home closings. Ask your lending agency for specific details. Normal turnaround time is 5 - 7 business days. This test will require you to go by the Extension office and pick up the specific testing bottles along with detailed instructions and the expedited shipping label, as this test is time sensitive. The fee for this test is $85.00 per sample.
  • W35. A Total Coliform/E-coli water sample tests for bacteria in your water. This test will require you to go by the Extension office and pick up the specific testing bottles along with detailed instructions and the expedited shipping label, as this test is time sensitive. The for this test is $46.00 ($36.00 + $10.00 postage) per sample. Normal turnaround is 5 - 7 business days.
  • W34C. The Fish Pond General Water Quality water sample test includes the basic water sample test along with alkalinity. To have your pond water tested, you will need to take 16 ounces of water in a clean jar to the Extension office. The fee is $39.00 ($35.00 + $4.00 postage) per sample and will take approximately 7 - 10 working days.
    Pond Water Hardness and Oxygen. This is a free test that can be done by the County ANR Agent at the Monroe County Extension Office. It will determine the hardness for lime requirement and dissolved oxygen levels.

All bottles and testing kits can be acquired at the Jasper County Extension Office. 

Learn more about our water testing services by visiting the Water Analyses portion of the AESL website. 

Link to Water Analyses at AESL website

Feed and Forage Analysis

  • F1 Hay and Silage (NIR + nitrate + minerals) - $40.00 + postage
  • F2 Hay and Silage (NIR = nitrate) - $20.00 + postage
  • F3 Hay and Silage (NIR) - $15.00 + postage
  • F7 All Other Feeds - $45.00 + postage
  • F14 Nitrate only - $13.00 + postage
  • F18 Moisture only - $12.00 + postage

Learn more about our feed and forage analysis services by visiting the Feed and Forage Analyses portion of the AESL website. 

Link to Feed and Forage Analyses at AESL website

Animal Waste Analysis

  • Poultry Litter Sample. This test is available for Georgia poultry producers. This test analyzes the litter for nutrient content including nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. The UGA lab requires samples to be submitted in double zip-lock bags. A $4.00 postage fee is the only charge for this test for poultry producers. For buyers/handlers, there is a $52.00 lab fee plus $4.00 postage.

Learn more about our animal waste analyses by visiting the Animal Wastes Analyses portion of our website.

Link to Animal Wastes at AESL Website