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Effective January 1, 2023

Soil Analysis1


Soil Analysis + Organic matter via LOI2


Routine Plant Analysis (without total N)3


Routine Plant Analysis (with total N)4


Mechanical Texture5


Researcher discounts offered for samples that are pre-ground/sieved (10-mesh for soil, 20-mesh for plant tissue)

Soil Analysis1


Ground: $8

Soil OM (total C/N via combustion) 4


Ground: $8

Plant Analysis (without total N)3


Ground: $12

Plant Total N via combustion (N only)4


Ground: $8

Plant Analysis (all elements offered)3,4


Ground $20

Cost for other analysis available upon request.

1Soil analysis includes pH, lime recommendation, phosphorous (P), potassium (K), calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), zinc (Zn), and sodium (Na). Fertilizer recommendations are customized to selected crop codes. Total soluble salts (TSS) are reported for all horticultural samples.

2Organic matter determined via LOI = loss on ignition.

3Plant tissue analysis includes phosphorous (P), potassium (K), calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), manganese (Mn), iron (Fe), sulfur (S), and boron (B). 

4Total nitrogen and/or total carbon determined via combustion with an Elementar Vario Max Cube.

5Sodium hexametaphosphate is used to separate sand, silt, and clay fractions of soil samples, which are then evaluated with the hydrometer method.


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Publication Number: P3883
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Publication Number: P3858
Publication Number: P3856


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Filed Under: Sweet Potatoes, Soil Testing, Plant Diseases and Nematode Diagnostic Services March 23, 2023

Sweet potato growers in Mississippi can get free nematode testing of soil samples they send to Mississippi State University from now until Dec. 31, 2024. The samples can be submitted in nematode bags available at local county MSU Extension Service offices; samples are also accepted in quart-sized, sealed plastic bags.

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Filed Under: Soils, Soil Health, Soil Testing August 5, 2022

Having healthy soil in your garden results in healthy plants. Whether you’re planting vegetables, flowers, grass, trees, shrubs, or anything in between, a soil sample is the first thing to check off the list. Gathering a soil sample from your landscape and having it tested by MSU Extension’s Soil Testing Lab should be the initial step in any gardening adventure. Plus, it’s pretty easy to do!

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Filed Under: Soil Testing, Lawn and Garden, Herb Gardens, Turfgrass and Lawn Management, Vegetable Gardens September 28, 2021

Autumn is officially here! It’s not hard to love this time of year. Temperatures are cooling, leaves are changing, and there will be more branches than foliage soon. It’s hard not to love this time of year! As we close out this calendar year, it’s easy to convince yourself there’s not much to do in the yard. Take a break, but also take time to check off these tasks

Filed Under: Soils, Soil Testing, Healthy Soils and Water September 8, 2021

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Far too often in Mississippi, soil management after major weather events must be considered, but landowners affected by Hurricane Ida now have a guide on how to approach this task.

“Soil Management After Hurricane Ida” is available online on the Mississippi Crop Situation blog at

Filed Under: Soil Testing June 17, 2021

Mississippi agricultural producers and landowners who are interested in carbon sequestration can test their soil’s carbon content through the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

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