Peak Season Soil Sampling Fee ($4.00/Box) Starts December 1st.

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Peak Season Soil Sampling Fee ($4.00/Box)

Starts December 1st.

Soil , waste & nematode sample here sign on table with red arrow pointing to drop off location. 4 soil sample boxes in a box.

As we head into cooler weather, fall is the best time to amend your lawns, especially fescue lawns and landscaped areas, with lime and fertilizer, and start fall vegetable gardens.
Homeowners, gardeners, community gardeners, golf course superintendents, and turf consultants are encouraged to submit samples now to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agronomic Services soil test to ensure faster turnaround time on results and avoid peak-season testing fees. Soil testing is free except during the peak laboratory season, which starts Dec. 1 and runs through March 31, 2024.”
Samples must physically arrive on the Agronomic Services’ loading dock on Nov. 30 or earlier to avoid being charged a peak-season fee. The date of shipping, delivery to a local Cooperative Extension Center, or postmarking is not considered when assessing peak-season fees. They must be checked in by NCDA&CS personnel by November 30th.
New this year.  Soil samples submitted without adequate grower, consultant, and/or sample information will not proceed through the lab but will be set aside. This information is essential to associate samples with the correct existing client account or to establish a new, unique client account. Samples will be held for at least five days, and an attempt will be made to obtain the missing information. Due to limited storage space, samples cannot be held indefinitely.
To avoid samples ending up in the “holding area,” follow the instructions below. In doing so, you will help the Soil Testing Lab be more efficient and avoid unnecessary delays in sample processing.
  • Only use soil sample boxes provided by NCDA&CS. Soil sample boxes and submission forms are provided at local county Cooperative Extension Centers and at the Agronomic Services Division, 4300 Reedy Creek Road, Raleigh, NC 27607. Fill the soil box to the red line found outside the box. Required information on the box includes the client’s name, address, and sample ID.
  • Send a completely filled homeowner soil submission form with your samples, including a crop code for plant-specific recommendations; the list of codes is found on the second page of the sample submission form. Since soil test results are emailed to clients, it is extremely important that a valid email address is provided. Additionally, providing a current phone number is highly encouraged as it is helpful for faster contact if there is an issue with soil sample submission. For convenience, a fillable soil submission form.
  • Ensure that the information on your soil submission form matches what is on your sample boxes.
  • Save a copy/photo of your sample submission form for your records.
  • Ensure that sample boxes are packed securely inside a sturdy shipper to avoid damage during transport. Do not use padded mailing envelopes. For faster delivery, private carriers such as UPS or FedEx deliver directly to the Agronomic building rather than an off-site mail center that USPS must use. Some Cooperative County Extension offices collect samples from homeowners for delivery to the division; clients are encouraged to make sure that delivery meets their intended expectations and needs.
  • If you have access to a computer and printer, use the online data entry feature on PALS to ensure the most accurate delivery of sample information to the lab but enclose a copy of the submission form with soil sample boxes.
Clients are encouraged to look at the current turnaround time that estimates the time for results. This changes frequently during the year. Use PALS for more information. The sample turnaround time is based on the date the samples are received at our location.
Following these guidelines will help the Agronomic Services soil lab deliver customers the best and most efficient services. Contact the Agronomic Services Division at 919-664-1600 with any questions.