Soil Nutrient Testing
- KSU Soil Testing Labratory
- Soil Test Sheet with Prices ( Coffey County NRCS covers a portion, if not all, of the cost per sample for up to 10 samples per year.)
- Management Practices Affecting Nitrogen Loss from Urea
- Nutrient Management Plan
- Phosphorous Facts
Tips on Taking Soil Nutrient Test Samples:
1. Use a soil probe or showel to sample the soil to a depth of root zone, 6-12 and a seperate set of samples 12 -24 inches for a soil profile test.
2. Take at least 15-20 samples from across the field. Seperate sampling of "areas of concern" is recommended. Then mix the samples in a plastic (avoid galvanized) bucket for a representative sample of the area(s) being tested. (soil sampling probe is available at the Extension Office)
3. Bring in one pint of the mixture (in a plastic bag - air dried) to the Grant County Extension Office at 1100 West Patterson Ave. Label each bag with your name, intended crop and other pertinent informaiton. (soil sample bags and information sheets are available at the Extension Office)
4. Samples are sent to K-State for analysis. In about two weeks you will be contacted with test results and recommendations
Cost: Coffey County NRCS District has a cost share program to Soil sample for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, pH & organic matter levels. Depending on tests requested and associated costs a producer may have several soil tests ran at no cost to them. Contact the Exension Office for more details and how to take advantage of this excellent opportunity.