Peak-Season Soil Testing Nears

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

Article written by Jessica Strickland, Extension Agent-Horticulture

Q: When does the peak-season fee for soil testing begin?

A: You may recall last year the NCDA&CS (North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Science) implemented a new peak-season soil testing fee last winter. This year that fee will be from November 26th, 2014 through March 31st, 2015. A $4 fee per sample will be charged for all soil samples received and processed between the peak season dates. There will still be no fee from April through November.

The peak-season soil testing fees creates some changes in how soil samples will be collected at the soil lab in Raleigh (Soil lab is located at 4300 Reedy Creek Road, Raleigh) during this peak-season time which are listed below:

  • If soil samples are postmarked November 25th but arrive on November 26th, they will still be charged the $4 fee per sample.
  • Samples dropped off at the soil lab in Raleigh must take place during the business hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Payments for soil samples submitted during the peak-season can be made via credit card or with an escrow account. Consult the NCDA Agronomic Division website for information on how to set up an account. Contact number for NCDA is 919-733-2655.

So what does this mean for Wayne County citizens who want to drop off their soil samples through the Wayne Co. Cooperative Extension Office?

  • The first recommendation is to submitted soils samples from April to November when possible to avoid the fee all together. Soil samples can be collected any time of the year and the results are helpful to amending your soil in a lawn or garden no matter when you receive the results.
  • The Wayne County Cooperative Extension Office can NOT take or handle soils sample payments during the peak-season fee. You can still pick up soil sample boxes and forms at the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Office.
  • Soil samples dropped off to the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Office after November 20th can NOT be guaranteed to arrive at the soil lab in Raleigh before the fee starts. If you are planning to drop off soil samples at our office to avoid the fee, they must be dropped off no later than November 20th. The Wayne County Cooperative Extension Office is located at 208 W. Chestnut Street in Goldsboro and the office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

Everyone is encouraged to plan ahead by considering your soil sampling needs for late winter into spring and, if possible, submit soil samples before or after the peak-season to avoid the fee.

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Jessica Strickland
Extension Agent
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Wayne County Center
P. O. Box 68
Goldsboro, NC 27533
Phone: 919-731-1520
Fax: 919-731-1511