Free Soil Testing

We all know how important soil is to our farms. You need to know what is going on in your soil if you are growing produce, field crops and/or pasture management for livestock.  Because most of us are small producers it is important that every square foot of our farms produce.

North Carolina State University offers free soil testing for most of the year but the free time is coming to an end. If you have used this service in the past, let this serve as a reminder but if you have not had your soil tested time is running out for free soil testing.

The extension offices have the soil sample boxes and the sheets needed to submit your soil. You can indicate what crops you plan on growing including pasture grasses and they will provide you with recommendations on what to add and how much. This is a great service. All you have to do is put the soil in the boxes provided and fill out the sheet then drop it off at the local extension office. The results will be emailed to you.

Soil Samples will be processed for free until the end of November. Starting in December there will be a small charge. Don’t wait. Last year I waited until the last week and ended up paying because the soil samples could not get the university on time.

Enjoy this fall weather.

Dennis Bickel – Executive Director, North Carolina Small Farm Association