• Soil, Forage, and Water Testing Laboratory


Chicken Litter Analysis

Chicken litter can be analyzed by sending the samples to the lab. Please allow 3 weeks for sample turnaround.

Forage and Feed Analysis

Forage and feed samples are routinely analyzed for percent moisture, crude protein, acid detergent fiber, neutral detergent fiber, nitrate-N, ash, pH, crude fat, lignin, total digestible nutrients (TDN), and elemental contents (Ca, K, Mg, P, Cu, Fe, Mn, Zn, etc.,) Relative forage quality (RFQ) will be provided for known common grass species when the analysis are done using near infrared reflectance (NIR). The turnaround time is normally within two weeks. The report includes name and e-mail of the Regional Extension agent or specialist for Animal Science and Forages.

Plant Tissue Nutrient Analysis

Plant and leaf tissues are often analyzed by the lab to detect and diagnose various nutrient deficiencies during the growing season. For a more complete plant diagnostic regimen that includes diseases, insects and other maladies, samples can be sent directly to the AU Plant Diagnostic Lab.

Soil Analysis (Routine)

Soil samples are analyzed for pH, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Customer information form. A soil test report detailing soil test values, ratings and, lime and fertilizer recommendations is sent to the customer by e-mail and/or regular mail within 24 hours after the samples are received by the lab by e-mail and/or regular mail.

Water Analysis

Water samples from irrigation systems, wells, and ponds are analyzed for NO3-N, calcium, potassium, pH, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, iron, manganese, zinc, boron, molybdenum, aluminum, cobalt, chromium, lead, sodium and soluble salts Limited interpretation of the test results will be provided.

Other Analyses

Animal waste and lime samples should be submitted for analyses by sending them directly to The University of Georgia Agricultural & Environmental Services Laboratories. Private laboratories like Waypoint Laboratory and Waters Agricultural Laboratory offer similar services. Speciality analyses (i.e., organic matter %) and research sample analyses can be requested by e-mailing the lab.