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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.

Soil testing combinations are grouped by land-use situation. Non-soil testing (organic media) is listed separately. Individual soil tests and fee adjustments follow.

Rutgers plant/soil researchers should contact the Soil Testing Laboratory about tests and fees.

Landscape
Fertility Test
Nutrients, pH, recommendations for two plantings
$20
Soil/plant Suitability test
Nutrients, pH, soluble salt level, organic matter content, soil textural class, recommendations
$55
Topsoil Evaluation
Nutrients, pH, soluble salt level, organic matter content, percentages of sand/silt/clay, soil textural class, gravel content, recommendations
$90
Farm
Fertility Test
Nutrients, pH, estimated CEC & cation saturation, recommendations from RCE agent
$20
Pre-sidedress Nitrate Test only
Nitrate-nitrogen soil to determine mid-season fertilizer requirement. Results within 3 working days (assuming dry sample when received)
$20
Full Farm Test
Nutrients, pH, estimated CEC & cation saturation, plant-available (inorganic) nitrogen, organic matter content, recommendations from RCE agent
$55
Sport Turf
Golf/ Sports Turf Fertility Test
Nutrients, pH, estimated CEC & cation saturation, recommendations
$20
Golf/ Sports Turf Total Test
Nutrients, pH, estimated CEC & cation saturation, soluble salt level, organic matter content, soil textural class, recommendations
$55
Sand-based Root Zone Test
Nutrients, pH, estimated CEC & cation saturation, recommendations, soluble salt level, organic matter content by loss-on-ignition, percentage fines, recommendations. *For golf course greens, organic matter content will be determined by loss-on-ignition as described by USGA guidelines
$55
Technical
Permeability Class Rating
Percentages sand/silt/clay, sieve analysis of sand, gravel content, estimate of permeability
$115
Acid-producing Soil Test
pH before and after oxidation, level of sulfate, for determination of acid sulfide/sulfate soil
$50
Topsoil Specification Test
Fertility, pH, soluble salt level, organic matter content, percentages of sand/silt/clay, soil textural class, gravel content, visual assessment
$100
Ecological Research Test
Nutrients, pH, estimated CEC & cation saturation, soluble salts, organic matter content, percentages of sand/silt/clay, soil textural class, total nitrogen, plant-available (inorganic) nitrogen
$140
Compost/Technical
pH, electrical conductivity, plant-available (inorganic) nitrogen by saturated media extract, organic matter content, total nitrogen, C:N ratio, respiration test, moisture content, visual assessment
$150
Organic Media
Saturated Media Extract Fertility
Nutrients and pH for organic (low-mineral content/soilless) growing media
$30
Greenhouse (soilless) Potting Media
Nutrients, pH, electrical conductivity, plant-available (inorganic) nitrogen by saturated media extract
$60
Compost/Basic
pH, electrical conductivity, nitrate-nitrogen by saturated media extract, maturity index
$70
Compost/Technical
pH, electrical conductivity,plant-available (inorganic) nitrogen by saturated media extract, organic matter content, total nitrogen, C:N ratio, maturity index, moisture content, visual assessment
$150
Compost Available Nutrients
Add to either compost test above; water-soluble (plant-available) P, K, Ca, Mg, Cu, Mn, Zn, B by saturated media extract
$17
Individual Special Soil Tests
Soil pH & Lime Requirement only
Includes recommendations for selected crop/plant. Fee includes soil processing
$15
Soil CO2-burst Test
Microbial respiration as biological indicator of soil health, with estimation of nitrogen release. If this is not done in combination with pH or fertility analysis, add soil processing fee (below)
$18
Soluble Salts
Level of total dissolved ions measured by electrical conductivity. If this is not done in combination with pH or fertility analysis, add soil processing fee (below)
$12
Soil Organic Matter Content
Method used for most soil samples. If this is not done in combination with pH or fertility analysis, add soil processing fee (below)
$18
Loss-on-ignition Organic Matter
Used for very high organic-content soil. If this is not done in combination with pH or fertility analysis, add soil processing fee (below)
$18
Soil particle-size analysis
Percentages of sand/silt/clay and textural class. If this is not done in combination with pH or fertility analysis, add soil processing fee (below)
$40
Inorganic Nitrogen
Plant-available, nitrate-nitrogen and ammonium-nitrogen. If this is not done in combination with pH or fertility analysis, add soil processing fee (below)
$25
Total Nitrogen
Includes organic-bound nitrogen and ammonium-nitrogen. If this is not done in combination with pH or fertility analysis, add soil processing fee (below)
$25
Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) or Exchangeable Cations
Indicator of nutrient cation buffering capacity or balance of cation nutrients, respectively. If this is not done in combination with pH or fertility analysis, add soil processing fee (below)
$65
CEC & Exchangeable Cations
If this is not done in combination with pH or fertility analysis, add soil processing fee (below)
$95
Lead Screening by Mehlich 3
Screening for Lead (Pb) contamination. If this is not done in combination with pH or fertility analysis, add soil processing fee (below)
$18
USDA Sieve Analysis of Sand
Percentages of very coarse, coarse, medium, fine and very fine sand classes, plus gravel
$65
Custom Sieve Analysis
Client specified - limited selection
$17 per sieve
Other Analyses
Water Analysis for Irrigation
pH, soluble salt content, nitrate-nitrogen, phosphorus, iron
$30
Express Processing
For single sample testing fees totaling $50 or less
Prioritizes sample in queue for each test requested.
$50
For single sample testing fees totaling more than $50
Prioritizes sample in queue for each test requested.
$75
Specialty Services
Soil Processing Fee
Grinding/sieving (already included in combination tests and pH only) preparation for analysis
$5
Special Reporting Requirements
Examples: compliance of results to specifications, recommendations to meet specifications, critique of specifications (calculated for 15 minute increments)
$200 per hour

Notes:

  • "Nutrients" refers to P, K, Ca, Mg, Cu, Mn, Zn, B, Fe extracted by Mehlich 3. Nitrogen is not included.
  • The pH test includes determination of lime requirement by Adams-Evans buffer.
  • When not preceded by "percentages of sand/silt/clay", "soil textural class" refers to texture by feel (qualitative).
  • Estimated cation saturation refers to calculated % of CEC for macronutrient cations: Ca, Mg, K. For measured cation exchange capacity and cation saturation, Na is also included (measured).