Soil Testing for Homeowners

Samples can be submitted Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm and Fridays from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm.

We do soil pH tests in our Middletown Office. Samples submitted for nutrient testing are sent to the AgroOne Lab in Ithaca, NY.

Homeowner Soil Testing Instructions

SOIL pH TEST:

Cost: $5.00 per sample for diagnosis and recommendations.

  • Sample collection: With a towel, go to several sections in the area to be tested. Take a slice 3 - 6" deep from each section. Mix it together to make one sample. Use a tool, not your hands. Dry soil thoroughly (do not use a microwave).
  • If there is a problem area collect two samples for comparison; one from the good area, one from the bad area.

SOIL NUTRIENT TEST:

Cost: $18 per sample

  • Sample collection: With a towel, go to several sections in the area to be tested. Take a slice 3 - 6" deep from each section. Mix it together to make one sample. Use a tool, not your hands. Dry soil thoroughly (do not use a microwave).
  • Samples are sent to AgroOne Lab in Ithaca, NY. Turnaround time is approx. 2 weeks. Results will be mailed to you directly from the lab.

For more information, contact the Garden Helpline at (845) 343-0664 or email mghelpline@cornell.edu.

Commercial growers, please contact your commodity representative by calling (845) 344-1234.

Contact: Susan Ndiaye

Last updated May 8, 2019