Sampling Soils for Testing

SKU A2100

Author(s) John B. Peters, Carrie A. M. Laboski.

One acre of soil to a depth of 6 inches weighs about 1,000 tons, yet less than an ounce of it is used in laboratory tests. Therefore, it's critical that the samples you submit are representative of the entire field. This publication outlines goals, sampling strategies, and procedures to help ensure meaningful test results (4 pages; 2013; Revised in 2022).

Looking to test your lawn or garden soil - something other than the back forty? Check out Sampling Garden Soils and Turf Areas for Testing (A2166).


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