COVID-19 UPDATE (5/5/20)
Rutgers Soil Testing Lab will return to work on May 5, 2020.
Rutgers Soil Testing Lab will return to work on May 5, 2020 to resume its fee-for-service analysis of soil samples and generation of reports/recommendations for all clients. Procedures and precautions are being arranged to assure and protect the health of staff, including social distancing and use of personal protective equipment.
The Soil Testing Laboratory will to be closed to everyone other than staff until further notice; the building that houses the STL is not open to the public. Therefore all samples must be delivered by USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc.
Soil sampling instructions can be found here: How to get your soil tested. Soil test reports are generated from the analytical data and include soil amendment recommendations; the reports are usually sent by email, with a copy sent also to the local County Cooperative Extension office for further consultation, if needed.
The Soil Testing Laboratory is a part of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES). Located on the G. H. Cook Campus, the Soil Testing Laboratory is a service unit that offers chemical and mechanical analyses of soils for the residents of New Jersey and for Rutgers University researchers. Our mission is to provide accurate and timely soil and water test reports to meet the unique agricultural and environmental needs of our state.
Benefits of Having Soil Tested
Soil testing is economically prudent. The appropriate application of nutrients and/or lime can save money. Don't buy nutrients that your soil doesn't need; instead, invest in those nutrients that will bring about healthy growth and yields.
To apply optimal levels of nutrients or lime to your soil, it is necessary to know the existing pH and the availability of essential plant nutrients in the soil. Having too much or too little of these nutrients or limestone can be harmful to plant growth. We can help you adjust these levels for best results.
Soil testing is an environmentally responsible practice. Applying fertilizer or other nutrient sources incorrectly can lead to nitrate or phosphorus contamination of our water resources. By applying fertilizer appropriately, you can ensure that you are "feeding" your plants in an environmentally friendly and "green" way.