Soil Submission

Fill out the Soil pH Submission Form.

Cornell Cooperative Extension offers a soil pH/texture test that includes fertilizer recommendations and recommendations for pH 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. Beginning January 1, 2022 the price will increase to $10.00 per sample.

COVID-19 Update for dropping off samples.

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 and must include a submission form and a check for $5.00 ($10.00 starting 1/1/2022) 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 (585-753-2555for 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:

  • Vegetable and flower gardens– 4 to 6 inches below surface.
  • Lawn – 3 inches below surface.
  • Trees/shrubs– 6 to 12 inches below surface.
  • Food plots – 6 to 8 inches below surface.

Combine all samples and mix thoroughly.

If soil is wet, spread it on paper and allow to air dry overnight. Do not heat the test

Last updated August 31, 2021