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The Person County Cooperative Extension Service offers soil testing through the NC Department of Agriculture. Simply bring a sample of your soil to be sent off in a small box, complete the Soil Sample Form and drop it off to the our Extension Office located in the County Office Building. This service is provided FREE of charge from April 1 – Thanksgiving with a cost of $4 the rest of the year.

The Agronomic Division of the N. C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services charged a $4 fee per sample to soil samples that arrive at the Soil Lab in Raleigh during the peak season of soil sampling. The peak season and when fees apply will be November 27 through March 31. The soil sample fee will be based on the date the sample is logged in the system, and not the day of arrival which is usually a few days preceding log in. To make sure your soil samples arrive on time and are entered into the system prior to the deadline, please have your samples into our Extension Office by November 26.

If you send samples during the peak season when the $4 fee applies, clients will need to pay in advance of sending samples, either by using a credit card on-line or using an escrow account. The on-line credit card payment system will be in place by late fall on the Agronomic Division website, http://www.ncagr.gov/agronomi/pals/

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Person County Center, is encouraging farmers and homeowners to soil test early to eliminate having to pay this soil sampling fee. Soil sample boxes and information sheets are available at the Person Extension Center, 336-599-1195. Please call if you have questions or need further information.

The turnaround time for reports is typically 2-3 weeks. A report will be emailed to you and will provide a detailed chemical soil analysis and specific fertilizer and lime recommendations. Or you can go online to the NCDA Soil Website to see the status of your soil sample and print off the report yourself.