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Soil Health Analysis Packages

Details of the testing procedures for the individual soil analyses can be found in the Soil Health Assessment section of the Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health – The Cornell Framework Manual.

Basic Soil Health Analysis Package

Cost: $60 per sample
Required sample size: 3 cups
Recommended applications: field crops, dairy, lawns

Includes these tests:

  • Soil pH, Organic Matter, Modified Morgan Extractable P, K, and micronutrients
  • Wet Aggregate Stability
  • Soil Respiration
  • Surface, sub-surface hardness interpretation (Optional: You provide the penetrometer readings.)

Standard Soil Health Analysis Package

Cost: $110 per sample
Required sample size: 4 cups
Recommended applications: organic production, vegetable crops, problem diagnosis, home gardens

Includes these tests:

  • Soil pH, Organic Matter, Modified Morgan Extractable P, K, micronutrients
  • Soil Texture
  • Active Carbon
  • Wet Aggregate Stability
  • Soil Respiration
  • Autoclave-Citrate Extractable (ACE) Protein Test
  • Predicted Available Water Capacity (new for 2019)
  • Surface, sub-surface hardness interpretation (Optional: You provide the penetrometer readings.)

Extended Soil Health Analysis Package

Cost: $170 per sample
Required sample size: 6 cups
Recommended applications: urban/ suburban gardens, problem diagnosis, soil health initializing, home gardens, landscaped areas

Includes Standard Soil Health Analysis Package plus:

  • Add-on Soluble Salts
  • Add-on Heavy Metal Screening
  • Add-on Root Health Bio-Assay

Read more about add-on tests.

NOTE: Due to United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service regulations the Cornell Soil Health Laboratory cannot perform the Bean Root Bio-Assay on restricted or quarantined soil. Please follow this link for a list of states and counties that fall under this category.

NOTE: Submission forms must be included with the soil samples when shipped. Failure to include submission forms may result in delays and/or denial of requested soil analyses.

Special handling for all packages: Keep samples away from sunlight and heat, refrigerate and submit promptly using rapid shipping. (See Sample storage and shipment guidelines.)

FAQ’s:

When can I expect my results? Please expect an email with your results in 4-6 weeks.

Can you rush results? No, in order to ensure our results go out in our 4-6 week window, samples are processed in the order that they are received.

Is there a discount for Cornell, researchers or large sample volumes? Due to our not-for-profit status we are unable to offer discounts.

How do I pay? You will be contacted just before or after receiving results 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.

How do I know that my samples arrived safely? Please track your package or include a note with the samples requesting to be notified when the samples are received.

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