Cornell Cooperative Extension offers a soil pH/texture test and provides recommendations for modification. A more comprehensive nutrient analysis is available from Dairy One in Ithaca, NY.
The reliability of a soil test is only as good as the sample you submit.
The cost for the soil pH test is $5.00 per sample. Test results will be mailed to you within 7-10 business days.
Samples can be brought into our office Monday - Friday between 9 AM - 3 PM. Make sure the soil sample is labeled with your name. The submission form can be downloaded or filled out in our office. Samples can be mailed to our office but must include a submission form and a check for $5.00 made out to CCE Monroe.
A soil test does not explore insect, disease, or other cultural plant problems. You may first want to contact our Garden Helpline (585-753-2555) for help or submit a plant or insect sample to the Diagnostic Lab.
How to Take a Soil Sample
Using a soil probe, spade or trowel take several samples from the area and put a clean container. Submit approximately a pint of soil.
Take soil from:
Combine all samples and mix thoroughly.
If soil is wet, spread it on paper and allow to air dry overnight. Do not heat the soil.
Last updated March 11, 2021