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COVID-19 UPDATE (7/15/20)

Rutgers Soil Testing Lab staff are at work, providing fee-for-service analysis of soil samples and generating reports/recommendations for all clients. Appropriate safety procedures and precautions are being followed to assure and protect the health of staff, including social distancing and use of personal protective equipment, sterilizing work surfaces and incoming packages, etc.

However, the Soil Testing Laboratory will remain 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 US Postal Service, UPS, FedEx, etc.

Because many county offices of Rutgers Cooperative Extension are also closed to the public, soil test kits may not be available for purchase locally. Use this alternative: How to get your soil tested, and find the appropriate Soil Sampling Instructions and Soil Test Questionnaire; headings describe different land use and "crop" scenarios. Read and follow the instructions; download and fill out the questionnaire; then send soil sample and questionnaire with payment to the lab.

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.

Start with the Soil: The Groundwork for Healthy Plants

Presentation (3.8MB PDF) by Stephanie Murphy, Ph.D., Director of the Soil Testing Laboratory for Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants: Laying the Groundwork for Success Conference (Dec. 8 2015, White Plains, NY)

Soils, BMPs and Redevelopment Webinar Series

This two part webinar series from the NJ Section of the American water Resources Association was held on September 25, 2015.

Soils 101, Best Management Practices and the Landscape

Soils Health, Planning, Development & Redevelopment Aspects

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Soil Testing Lab on RU-tv

Watch the Soil Testing Lab on RU-tv video

Web Soil Survey

Web Soil Survey is a resource provided by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service that allows you to determine soil types on your property.

Featured Soil of New Jersey

In your travels around the Garden State, you may have noticed differences in soil types, from the sandy soils of the Coastal Plain, to the shallow, rocky soils of the Appalachian region, and the smooth-textured, shale-derived soils in between. Did you know that there are about 85 named soils (series) in New Jersey? Click the link below to learn more about New Jersey's myriad soils.