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Agronomic Services — Soil Testing Section

  1. Detailed chemical soil analyses, such as

    • levels of major plant nutrients, including phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium & sulfur;
    • levels of plant micronutrients, including copper, manganese & zinc;
    • levels of sodium;
    • pH and acidity;
    • soil class;
    • percent base saturation;
    • percent humic matter;
    • cation exchange capacity and
    • weight-to-volume ratio.

  2. Site-specific fertilizer and lime recommendations that can

    • optimize crop yields,
    • improve farm efficiency,
    • reduce cost of production,
    • conserve natural resources and
    • protect the environment by minimizing excessive use of fertilizers, particularly nitrogen.

  3. Annual soil test summary data by crop, county, region and state.

  4. Crop-specific notes that provide details for implementing soil test recommendations.

  5. Leadership in developing soil test methodologies, many of which are now used around the world.

  6. A forum where Division agronomists and university research and extension faculty can communicate regarding the need for refinements in fertilizer recommendations.

  7. News releases addressing problems or trends in fertility of soils across North Carolina.

  8. Heavy metal analyses to meet environmental regulatory requirements for permitting application of agricultural, industrial or municipal waste products.

  9. DWQ-certified analyses for pH, phosphorus, manganese, copper and zinc in compliance with environmental regulations mandated by Senate Bill 1217.

Last Update February 24, 2014



NCDA&CS Agronomic Services Division, Colleen M. Hudak-Wise, Ph.D., Director
Mailing Address: 1040 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1040
Physical Address: 4300 Reedy Creek Road, Raleigh NC 27607-6465
Phone: (919) 733-2655; FAX: (919) 733-2837