SOIL HEALTH & TESTING

Our commitment to supporting the prosperity of agricultural communities drives our soil testing program. Landowners can be sure of which elements are missing from their soil and how much to add to remedy the problem.

Why?

Plant growth and vigor are often dependent on soil pH — the measurement of how acidic or alkaline the soil is. A soil test determines whether your soil is acidic, neutral or alkaline. A soil test also indicates which elements are missing from your soil and how much to add to remedy the problem. The soil test kits purchased at a garden store usually do not yield accurate results for a variety of reasons. The best way to determine soil health is to get a laboratory soil test.

When?

You can test your soil at any time during the year, but testing at approximately the same time every year will provide the most accurate results. Late fall/early winter when your soil is in a depleted nutrient condition is the ideal time for most crops. This will allow time for you to boost the necessary nutrients before spring planting.

How?

For each soil test, collect about a quart size bag of soil. Each sample should consist of sub-samples taken from various locations within the sampling area. We recommend marking a large “W” shape in the sampling area, and pulling soil out of each point in the “W”. Be sure to only pull from the area that crops will be planted.

Soil Testing Options

In order to keep everyone as safe as possible, we have adjusted the options for getting your soil tested.​

Samples are not processed until payment is received. The cost of Soil Samples is $65.00 per sample tested.

Option 1:

Bring the soil, along with cash or check, to our office between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday.

Option 2:

Fill out the soil testing request form below, then send your soil and check to the office (3291 W. 1st Ave, Eugene, OR 97402).

What you will receive

Results are received within 10-15 business days of shipping date (we ship the samples to the lab every Friday). Report will include translation of technical terms and crop specific amendment recommendations, as well as the following nutrient report:

  • Organic Matter (%)
  • Potassium (ppm)
  • Calcium (pmm)
  • SMP Buffer pH
  • Base Saturation
  • Magnesium (ppm)
  • Sodium (% and ppm)
  • Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC)
  • Phosphorus (pmm)
  • Magnesium (ppm)
  • pH
  • Salts
  • Potassium (%)
  • Hydrogen (%)

Soil Test Request Form

Want to mail in your sample for testing? Please fill out this form and mail it in with payment to 3291 W 1st Ave, Eugene, OR 97402.

Questions? Head to our Contact Page to get in touch.

Not only do we provide technical assistance, but we can also fund you!

We’re here to partner with landowners, conservation nonprofits, and local, state, and federal agencies. We offer FREE site visits, assessments, and technical assistance. See our available grants to learn about funding.