Properly conducted soil sampling and testing can be a cost-effective way to determine the types and amounts of fertilizer and lime needed to improve plant growth and yield.
There are four steps in a soil test:
- obtain proper soil submittal form with sampling instructions,
- obtain soil sample collection bag (OR use plastic zip lock bags),
- collect composite samples,
- select proper test, complete submittal form, and mail form along with payment and sample to the Soil, Water, and Forage Testing Laboratory in College Station
Submittal forms can be downloaded from http://soiltesting.tamu.edu. Forms and soil collection bags may also be obtained from your local AgriLife Extension Office. Instructions on how to collect and ship the sample, along with costs of testing and the mailing address are found on second page of the submittal form.
- Homeowner’s should use form D-494B for home gardens, landscape, and soil.
- Agricultural producers should submit form D-494.
**Due to our office being closed to the public because of Covid-19 regulations, we have soil sample kits available at the following locations for your convenience:
Last Chance Feed & More – 388 FM 2025, Cleveland TX 77328
Maci Feed & Supply – 10769 TX-146, Liberty TX 77575 (Hardin Area)
Hardin Feed Store – 11135 TX-146, Liberty TX 77575 (Hardin Area)
Southeast Texas Farm & Ranch – 13535 US-90 E, Raywood, TX 77582
Chachere Feed Store Inc. – 3829 FM 1960, Dayton, TX 77535
Chachere Feed Store Inc. – 311 Crockett St, Liberty, TX 77575
Web Soil Survey
Know your soils with the USDA Web Soil Survey, an online mapping tool
that provides basic information about soils on your property.