Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Soil Testing Resources - Information on how to take a soil sample in your lawn or garden.
In December 2017, the Iowa State University Soil Laboratory closed its doors.  Due to continued need for soil testing services by our clients, we are now forwarding our clients to the University of Minnesota Soil Testing and Research Analytical Laboratory.   This is because it is a public university and as a convenience, you have the free choice to choose a different university laboratory or private lab. Soil Testing Resources.  If you wish to use another lab, please consult the IDALs listing of certified labs, this list of certified labs in Iowa can be found at the IDALS website, commercial fertilizer bureau. https://iowaagriculture.gov/commercial-feed-and-fertilizer-bureau/commer....
Free paper copies of the Soil Sample Resources are available as a Soil Testing Kit at the Jasper County Extension Office or printable copies on our Jasper County horticulture website. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/jasper/yard-gardenhorticulture.

The first step is to take the soil sample(s). Instruction Sheet for Taking a Soil Sample
After taking a soil sample from your yard or garden, you will need to print and fill out a Soil Sample Submission Sheet.  Send this sheet along with your soil sample(s) and the fee, to a soil-testing laboratory. This form is for The University of Minnesota, you may choose another laboratory.

After a few weeks, you will receive a soil sample report from the laboratory.  This is an Example Soil Test Report.

For more information on how to interpret your soil sample results. Interpretation of Soil Test Results
For any questions in relation to taking and submitting a soil sample, please contact Carol Camp at the ISU Extension and Outreach Jasper County office by email campc@iastate.eduor phone 641-792-6433.



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