UGA Extension Office

Soil Testing

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Soil tests are used to determine a wide range of nutritional deficiencies by providing detailed information on the nutrient status and recommendations for improvement. Soil testing can be used to establish new, diagnose existing, and maintain successful lawns, gardens and crop stands.

Our most common soil test, the routine soil test, test for the basic soil nutrients and minerals such as:

pH (soil acidity)
Calcium (Ca)
Lime requirements
Magnesium (Mg)
Phosphorous (P)
Zinc (Zn)
Potassium (K)
Manganese (Mn)

In addition to the routine soil test, there are several other test available, better suited for commercial applications. Consult with an agent before requesting any additional soil test to determine which would best benefit you. Allow seven (7) to ten (10) business days for completed test results, and if you have any questions about the results and how to interpret the recommendations, feel free to meet with an agent.

Contact

For general questions, or more information about Soil Testing in Richmond County, please contact the Extension office at 706-821-2350.


Extension Publications
Native Plants for Georgia Part I: Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines
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
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.
Conversion Tables, Formulas and Suggested Guidelines for Horticultural Use
Conversion Tables, Formulas and Suggested Guidelines for Horticultural Use (B 931) Pesticide and fertilizer recommendations are often made on a pounds per acre and tons per acre basis. While these may be applicable to field production of many crops, orchardists, nurserymen and greenhouse operators often must convert these recommendations to smaller areas, such as row feet, square feet, or even per tree or per pot. Thus pints, cups, ounces, tablespoons and teaspoons are the common units of measure. The conversion is frequently complicated by metric units of measure. This publication is designed to aid growers in making these calculations and conversions, and also provides other data useful in the management, planning and operation of horticultural enterprises.
Commercial Tomato Production Handbook
Commercial Tomato Production Handbook (B 1312) This publication is a joint effort of the seven disciplines that comprise the Georgia Vegetable Team. It is comprised of 14 topics on tomato, including history of tomato production, cultural practices, pest management, harvesting, handling and marketing. This publication provides information that will assist producers in improving the profitability of tomato production, whether they are new or experienced producers.
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