Soil Testing

Until our office reopens, we are not able to send soil samples for processing.

 

We recommend you work directly with VAS (formerly AgSource). For help interpreting lawn & garden samples, contact Kaitlin Bricco, Horticulture Educator at Kaitlin.Bricco@outagamie.org, for field samples contact Kevin Jarek, Crops and Soils Agent at Kevin.Jarek@wisc.edu

 

Information about VAS can be found at the link below: 

VAS/AgSource Laboratories 

 

Examples of tests offered:

  • Field Sample
  • Lawn and Garden
  • Wildlife Food Plot

Download the instructions for how to take a soil sample in the link below.

Instructions for sampling Garden Soils and Turf pdf

 

Instructions on how to take a soil sample:

   Soil sampling instruction chart
Take at least 10 soil cores and mix them together thoroughly.
   
Soil cores should be taken to the same depth that the roots grow.  This means 5 to 7 inches for most gardens and turfgrass areas.  For golf course putting greens and tees, 4 inches is more appropriate.
   
Place 1 to 2 cups of the well-mixed soil in a clean plastic bag or a soil testing bag from your county Extension office.  Fill out the appropriate soil test form that is located on the sidebar and bring it with your payment to the Extension office or directly to the soil testing laboratory.
 
Soil probes are available for a rental fee.  (The fee can be applied to the cost of having your soil sample processed.)  Payment can be made by credit card, cash or check.
 
For more information on soil and turf, please visit Extension Learning Store at https://learningstore.extension.wisc.edu/collections/lawns-turf or take the Shortcut to Lawn and Turf at the Learning Store.

 

The video walks you though how to take a soil sample. When our office opens again we can take samples, until then please contact VAS to mail your sample.

 

 

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