Soil Test Kit

This page provides the documents that are part of the Cerro Gordo County Soil Test Kit pictured below.  The physical kit is available for free from the Cerro Gordo County Extension Office.  For convenience, If you would like to print this kit off at home, you can do so and get everything that is included in the kit, you will just need to provide your own zip lock bag.  The documents are modified for usage in Iowa only.

Soil Test Kit

Print the Whole Kit

Not wanting to print individual pages of the kit?  You can print all the ​​​​​​

 at one time (6 pages).

Print only the kit documents you need

To collect and send in an effective soil sample for testing, you will need to print off the first two documents.  The rest are informational.

Plant Sprout.

Looking for more Garden Soil Resources?

See a video on Taking a Garden Soil Sample

See a video on Types of Bagged Soil at the Store

See a video on Tilling Your Garden

See an ISU publication on Garden Soil Management

Are you a farmer?

The kit and supporting documents on this webpage are not intended for commercial agricultural producers.  You can find a list of soil labs that serve the state of Iowa meeting the quality standards of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship testing agricultural soils.  Click on Certified Soil Testing Laboratories when reaching the page above for the current list.

Blades of Grass