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Find more information about soil health tests, sampling soil and management practices to improve soil health in the Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health – The Cornell Framework Manual.


NOTE: Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 the Cornell Soil Health Laboratory is temporarily closed. We ask that our clients please refrain from sending samples to our lab at this time. If you have already collected soil samples please store the samples at refrigerator temperature and send them to our lab when we reopen. We expect to reopen in the coming weeks and will post a notice on our website and social media accounts when we are able to reopen. Any samples currently en route to our lab will be refrigerated upon receipt. It is highly likely that our ability to report results from analyses in process will be delayed. Thank you for your patience during this time and please stay happy and healthy. Please send questions to

When can I expect my results? Please expect an email with your results in 6-8 weeks.

How do I pay? You will be contacted with a link to a secure pay-portal. This will enable you to pay by credit card if you did not enclose a check with your sample submission. Checks can be made out to Cornell University. Note: We generally reach out for billing just before or after sending out results.

How do I know that my samples arrived safely? You will not automatically receive a confirmation that we received your samples. We recommend tracking your package or enclosing a note, asking for confirmation, with your soil samples and submission form.

Regulated Soils:

The Cornell Soil Health Lab has three categories of regulated soils: Prohibited, Domestic Regulated and Quarantined.
All samples being shipped to the Cornell Lab, regardless of the category, need to be double bagged prior to packaging and shipping. Packing material such as crumpled paper or bubble wrap must be placed in the box with the samples to minimize sample movement and spillage during shipping.

Prohibited Soils: There are certain counties in the US where soil should neither be packaged nor shipped. Soil received from these counties will be destroyed in our lab without processing. For a complete list of prohibited counties please visit the ‘Resources’ tab on our website.

Domestic Regulated Soils: We accept soils from regulated areas throughout the United States. As with all samples, please be sure to double bag and use packing material to minimize sample movement during shipping. Special lab procedures (using Quarantine protocol) are required for regulated soils.

Quarantined Soils: Quarantined soils are from any area outside the contiguous United States. Special shipping and lab procedures are required for quarantined soils. You must contact the Cornell Soil Health Lab prior to shipping quarantined soils: Quarantined samples are subject to an additional 15% surcharge.



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