Soil Testing

SOIL TESTING

Would you like to have your soil tested? Look no further than your local University of Wisconsin-Extension Oneida County office!


WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE TESTED?

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Lawn and Gardens

Here is what you should do:

  1. Take a soil sample from your garden or lawn. Click here for instructions on how to take a soil sample.

– A soil sample is 2 cups of soil.

– The UW-Extension Oneida County Office has wax-lined bags that you can use to put your soil sample in or you can simply use a Ziploc bag.

2. Bring your soil sample into the UW-Extension Oneida County office. We are open M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Park on the west side of the building labeled “UW EXT or FED EX PARKING.” Enter through the side door and proceed downstairs.

3. UW-Extension staff will give you a form to fill out.

4. The cost is $15 per sample plus $6.80 for shipping. Cash or check only. Make checks payable to “UW-Extension Oneida County.” You will receive results of your test 10-14 days after it is received either by mail or email, whichever you prefer.

Forms & Instructions: Submission Form | Sampling Lawns and Gardens (A2166)

Applications: Home lawns, home vegetable and flower gardens, non-commercial fruit crops, landscape trees and shrubs.

Standard Analysis: $15 / sample. Includes soil pH, percent organic matter, phosphorus and potassium analysis in addition to a lime recommendation, fertilizer recommendation and other environmental tips.

Optional: | Soluble Salts: $7 | Physical Analysis (percent sand, silt, and clay): $23 | Calcium and Magnesium $3|

Lead screening is also available for $15 per sample.

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Additional References & Resources


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Wildlife Food Plot

Here is what you should do:

  1. Take a soil sample from your wildlife food plot. Click here for instructions on how to take a soil sample.

– A soil sample is 2 cups of soil.

– The UW-Extension Oneida County Office has wax-lined bags that you can use to put your soil sample in or you can simply use a Ziploc bag.

2. Bring your soil sample into the UW-Extension Oneida County office. We are open M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Park on the west side of the building labeled “UW EXT or FED EX PARKING.” Enter through the side door and proceed downstairs.

3. UW-Extension staff will give you a form to fill out.

4. The cost is $15 per sample plus $6.80 for shipping. Cash or check only. Make checks payable to “UW-Extension Oneida County.” You will receive results of your test 10-14 days after it is received either by mail or email, whichever you prefer.

Standard Analysis: $15 / sample. Includes soil pH, percent organic matter, phosphorus and potassium analysis in addition to a lime recommendation, fertilizer recommendation and other environmental tips.

Optional: | Soluble Salts: $7 | Physical Analysis (percent sand, silt, and clay): $23 | Calcium and Magnesium $3|

Lead screening is also available for $15 per sample.

Sample Submission Form


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Field

Here is what you should do:

  1. Take a soil sample from your field. Click here for instructions on how to take a soil sample.

– A soil sample is 2 cups of soil.

– The UW-Extension Oneida County Office has wax-lined bags that you can use to put your soil sample in or you can simply use a Ziploc bag.

2. Bring your soil sample into the UW-Extension Oneida County office. We are open M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Park on the west side of the building labeled “UW EXT or FED EX PARKING.” Enter through the side door and proceed downstairs.

3. UW-Extension staff will give you a form to fill out.

4. The cost is $8.00 per sample plus $6.80 for shipping. Cash or check only. Make checks payable to “UW-Extension Oneida County.” You will receive results of your test 10-14 days after it is received either by mail or email, whichever you prefer.

Applications: Field crops, commercial vegetable and fruit crops.

Routine Analysis: $8 per sample. Includes pH, lime requirement, organic matter by loss on ignition, phosphorus and potassium plus recommendations. Wildlife Food Plot samples are $15 per sample.

Optional:Calcium + Magnesium: $3 | Boron: $3 | Zinc: $3 | Manganese: $3 | Sulfur-Sulfate: $3
contact us for more information.

Forms & Instructions:

Submission Form | Form Instructions / Crop Codes

Sampling Field Soils (A2100)

Soil Names (Excel)

How to Determine Soil Map Units

A2809 Soil map units and yield potentials as of December 17th, 2015.

Important message on soil map units and nutrient management planning (December 15th, 2015) [Read letter]

Excel sheet with soil map units and mukey for nutrient managers file here 

Volume discounts are also available.

Why test?

Over 200,000 soil samples are analyzed in Wisconsin each year, and the results of these tests guide Wisconsin farmers in the use of lime and nutrient applications. The appropriate use of lime, fertilizer, manure and other nutrient sources significantly increases Wisconsin farm income. Just as importantly, following nutrient application guidelines prevents over-application of nutrients. This, in turn, enhances profitability and reduces the potential for environmental degradation.

Analysis and Reporting

Your soil test report will provide an accurate index of the level of available nutrients in the soil; indicate the degree of nutrient deficiency that may exist for the various crops grown; suggest how the deficiency might be corrected; and provide the results in a meaningful way so that you can make the appropriate decision as to what nutrients to add. View a sample report.

Laboratory analysis will include soil pH, percent organic matter, phosphorus and potassium. Additional secondary and micro-nutrient analysis of calcium, magnesium, boron, manganese, zinc and sulfur are also available for an additional charge.

Your report is also available in PDF format accompanied by a spreadsheet containing the laboratory results and a SNAP-Plus compatible input file.

Additional References & Resources


For disease issues contact the Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab or the Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab.


Questions?

 

Contact the University of Wisconsin-Extension Oneida County at 715-365-2750 or email your inquiries to uwex@co.oneida.wi.us.

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