How to Take Soil Samples

Jim Jian Wang  |  3/7/2006 1:49:47 AM

Divide into areas for sampling on basis of slope, type of plants grown, etc.

Take soil from at least 10 places in each area to obtain a representative sample.

Remove one pint for laboratory sample. Label with identification number. Sample boxes are available from your county agent.

Sample to depth of 2'' -3" for turf and 6" for cultivate beds.

Mix soil thoroughly.

Fill out sample submitting form and take it to your county extension office or mail to LSU AgCenter Soil Testing Laboratory for analysis.

The following illustrated steps can be used as a general guideline:
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