Soil Testing Laboratory Fees
|Routine Soil Analysis1||$8.00 per sample|
|New Organic Matter, total Carbon,
|Routine Plant Analysis3||$15.00 per sample|
|Mechanical Texture||$20.00 per sample|
Cost for other analyses are available upon request. Ask about bulk pricing.
1Routine Soil Analysis includes: pH, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, sodium, and lime/fertilizer recommendations. Cation exchange capacity (CEC) calculations will also be included. Total soluble salts (TSS) will be included on all samples coded for horticultural crops.
2Organic matter, total N, and total C with routine soil analysis is $2.00 per sample. Without routine soil analysis the charge for OM/%N/%C is $4.00 per sample.
3Routine Plant Analysis includes: nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, manganese, iron, and boron.
The Mississippi State University Extension Service Soil Testing Lab has new equipment that allows it to offer an expanded range of services to clients.
If your lawn, landscape, or garden look a little sickly, it might be time for a soil health checkup. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- When Ann Rice leaves the Mississippi State University Extension Service Soil Testing Laboratory on June 30, she will conclude an educational 35-year career filled with unusual requests and interesting discoveries, some of which were about herself.
"When I didn’t have confidence in myself, others did," Rice said. "I never thought I could be a leader, but sometimes, I have had to step up and take the lead, like in the organic matter and plant tissue divisions."
New manager of operations Keri Jones recently joined the Mississippi State University Extension Service Soil Testing Laboratory, and she's ready to enhance the unit's efficiency."
"My primary goal is to provide accurate soil analysis in a timely manner," said Jones, an Extension associate who has worked in the MSU Department of Plant and Soil Sciences since 2016. "I hope to improve the overall efficiency of the lab as well as update soil nutrient application recommendations."
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Row crop producers interested in quality soil should sample fields after harvest and apply recommended lime in the fall.
Larry Oldham, a soil fertility specialist and professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said lime is an important component of soil fertility management because it sets the environment in which plants live and grow.
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