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Simple guide for submitting samples

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
Four step guide to submitting samples for soil health testing packages:
  1. Choose your soil health package
  2. Decide on sampling location, take soil health samples
  3. Fill out submission form
  4. Ship samples, along with submission form, to Cornell Soil Health Laboratory

(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.)

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

Can you rush results? No, in order to ensure our results go out in our 6-8 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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