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Soil Testing Service

Soil Testing Service

$ 20.00

Don't Guess, Get a Soil Test! 

The Will-South Cook SWCD is offering a low-cost soil testing program to help residents make informed decisions about the management of soil nutrients. 

Soil tests provide information on fertilizer needs which help you save money and time as well as protect the environment from contaminated runoff from over-fertilization. 

Soil tests should be taken in the spring or fall for established sites and at any time of year for new seeding and plantings.  Taking a soil test every two to three years is usually adequate to monitor nutrient levels; however you may need to test more frequently if management practices change.  Samples should be taken before soil temperatures drop below 50 degrees.

Staff at the Conservation District will help you interpret the results of your test, which will include specific fertilizer recommendations for your crop. 

A Soil Testing brochure with detailed instructions on collecting and submitting your soil sample can be found on the SWCD’s website at  Click on the Publications, Resources and Links page, or call the office at (815) 462-3106 ext.3.