Soil sampling

by: mason stowasser

What is it?

The process of taking soil samples to a regular state lab to be determined whether or not it needs other nutrients from outside sources.

Why do it?

To determine the health of the soil in which food will be beared. It provides the information needed to figure out what is missing from the soil to make it more


The proper procedure.

  • Get soil sample sheets and cartons at local extension agency
  • Clean tools and containers
  • Take one composite sample from each uniform area
  • Take 10 to 15 small cores or slices from the large uniform area
  • Take core of slices about 4" deep for the lawns and about 6" deep for fields
  • Mix the cores together in a clean bucket and take a sample of about one pint to represent the area sampled
  • Complete the sample information sheet and carton information
  • Draw a map and keep a record of where you sampled and sample numbers
  • Include the information sheet with carton of soil "sample" and mail or take to appropriate testing lab
  • Avoid unusual areas unless you want to get a sample of the unusual area only so that can be treated
  • Place soil samples in a box, which you can obtain from the County Extension Office along with Soil Sample Information sheet, send the box and information to Agronomic Division Soil Test Lab in Raleigh for a free soil test