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Turn-around time is optimal for soil (and nematode!) samples submitted in August

The Agronomic Division’s soil testing lab is processing samples quickly now but will be increasingly busy in the fall as farmers begin harvesting. Homeowners, golf course superintendents, landscapers and others with flexible schedules are urged to submit their samples as soon as possible. Due to the continuing drought, many cool-season lawn grasses and pastures will need to be reseeded. Sampling now will enable the application of lime well in advance of September or October planting.
While collecting soil samples, be sure to look for areas of poor growth that may be due to plant-parasitic nematodes. If you suspect a problem, go ahead and collect soil for nematode assay so you can plan a management strategy for next season.

For more information, contact or visit the NCDA&CS Agronomic Division:
Physical Address—4300 Reedy Creek Road, Raleigh NC 27607-6465
Mailing Address—1040 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1040
Phone—(919) 733-2655
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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047