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COVID-19 UPDATE (7/8/21)

Rutgers Soil Testing Laboratory staff are still 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. Public access to the Soil Testing Laboratory will remain limited until further notice.

How to Get Soil Tests?

Soil test kits may be available for purchase locally depending on county-level policy relating to access to offices of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Please contact your county office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension to find if soil test kits are available for purchase there.

OR

Visit our page How to Get Your Soil Tested, and find the appropriate Soil Sampling Instructions and Soil Test Questionnaire for your situation; see headings for 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 by mail or delivery service, or drop off sample/questionnaire/payment at the lab as described below.

Sample Drop Off at the Soil Testing Lab

As of July 6, 2021 soil samples may be dropped off at Rutgers Soil Testing Laboratory using the side entrance of Rutgers’ Administrative Services Building II (glass door on southwest side of the building) under these conditions:

  • Paperwork (soil test questionnaires) should be filled out in advance and accompany soil samples, inside a bag or box with samples.
  • Drop-off location is the southwest entrance/foyer of ASB-II. The glass door at this entrance is labelled: "Equine Science Center/Information Technology Services/Soil Testing Laboratory."
  • Soil sample drop-off time is 7 a.m. to 12 noon, Monday through Friday.
  • Note: Face masks are mandatory in Rutgers buildings.
  • Enter and remain in the foyer; the office and lab doors remain closed to the public. However, the side entrance and foyer can be seen from the inside main office of the Soil Testing Lab.
  • Get the attention of office staff through the window or call (848-932-9295) so that staff come to foyer to take sample(s) and paperwork immediately.
  • Do not leave any paperwork with credit card information or other payment unattended. If no-one is able to answer your call immediately, sample(s) with identifying information can be left in the foyer, and paperwork/payment will be attended to remotely.

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).