Peak-season soil sampling fees go into effect Nov. 25Growers are reminded to send in their soil samples to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agronomic Services’ Lab by Nov. 24 to avoid peak-season fees. There will be a $4 fee per sample for those received during the lab’s peak-processing time from Nov. 25 through March 31.
Samples received before Nov. 25 or after March 31 will be processed for free.
“We implemented the peak-season fee to better manage the processing of soil samples and help ensure growers get their information in time to plan for the upcoming season,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Many people turned in their samples earlier, spreading the workload over more weeks and lessening a late rush of samples that created backlogs for testing in the lab.”
The Agronomic Division offers an expedited service on a limited basis. Growers can purchase expedited shippers, which can hold up to 36 soil samples, for $200 each. Each shipper comes with a guaranteed turnaround time of two weeks.
Contact the Agronomic Division at 919-733-2655 for questions about peak-season fees, online sample submission or to purchase expedited shippers.