What soil tests are available?
How do I take a soil sample?
How do I send samples to the lab?
How long before I get the results back?
What other tests can I get?
Who should I make the check payable to?
Do I need to have a soil test done?
Do I need to dry the samples?
Who is to send the samples?
Will the extension office be mailing the soil sample out for me?
What is being tested (pH/lime vs. fertilizer)?
My plants aren't doing well, should I do a soil test?
What do the results mean?
Will a soil test tell me what chemicals or diseases are in the soil?
Is there a test available for nitrogen (N) in the soil samples?
If there is no soil test for nitrogen (N), then how are the recommendations made for N for my crop or grass species?
If I live in Miami-Dade or Monroe County, do I need a soil test done?
How often should I be testing the soil in my yard?
When should I expect to receive my results and can the agent help me with the interpretations?
Can I use a plastic bag instead of a paper one for soils?
Will a soil test determine if nematodes are a problem?
How much (volume) soil do I need?
Can I hand-deliver my samples to the lab?
How do I package the sample?
How do I contact the lab if I have questions?
My grass is not doing well or plants are dying. Should I have a soil test done?
What is a soil extractant?
What is the extractant used by the IFAS lab?
How are the test results interpreted?
What is A-E Buffer Value printed on the reports?
Can we determine lime requirement from the soil pH test value?
My pool water is discharged into my yard. Should I do a soil test to see why my grass is dying?
For pasture grasses such as bahia, should I choose the Low, Medium or High nitrogen option?
I can't find bag with a specific nutrient ratio- for example- 2-1-2 or 0.25-0- 0.35, etc. Should I look for this ratio when purchasing fertilizer?
Why is the soil pH so much different that when I had it tested in years past? It was usually 6.5-7.0 and now it is 5.0.
Are there any other Labs that can provide testing for parameters such as pesticides, chemical contaminants/heavy metals, etc.?
Why can’t plant diseases or nematodes be tested at the IFAS soils lab?