Services & Fees

Landscape
Level 1 Fertility Test:
Nutrients, pH, recommendations
$20
Level 2 Problem Solver (soil/plant suitability test):
Nutrients, pH, soluble salt level, organic matter content, soil textural class, recommendations
$50
Level 3 Topsoil Evaluation:
Nutrients, pH, soluble salt level, organic matter content, percentages of sand/silt/clay, soil textural class, gravel content, recommendations
$80

Farm
Fertility Test:
Nutrients, pH, estimated CEC & cation saturation, recommendations from RCE agent
$20
Pre-sidedress Nitrate Test Only:
Nitrate-nitrogen soil to determine mid-season fertilizer requirement. Results within 3 working days (assuming dry sample when received), report FAXed
$20
Full Farm Test:
Nutrients, pH, estimated CEC & cation saturation, Inorganic-nitrogen, organic matter content, recommendations from RCE agent
$50

Organic Media
Greenhouse (soilless) Potting Media:
Nutrients, pH, electrical conductivity, available nitrogen (nitrate and ammonium) by saturated media extract
$50
Compost/Basic:
pH, electrical conductivity, nitrate-nitrogen by saturated media extract, maturity index
$60
Compost/Technical:
pH, electrical conductivity, available nitrogen (nitrate and ammonium) by saturated media extract, organic matter content, total Kjeldahl nitrogen, C:N ratio, maturity index, moisture content, coarse/inert fragment content, Report FAXed
$125
Compost Available Nutrients:
Add to either compost test above; water-soluble P, K, Ca, Mg, Cu, Mn, Zn, B by saturated media extract
$15
Compost Total Nutrients:
Add to either compost test above; total P, K, Ca, Mg, Cu, Mn, Zn, B, Mo in ashed compost sample
$50

Sport Turf
Golf/ Sports Turf Fertility Test:
Nutrients, pH, estimated CEC & cation saturation, recommendations
$20
Golf/ Sports Turf Total Fertility Test:
Nutrients, pH, estimated CEC & cation saturation, soluble salt level, organic matter content, soil textural class, recommendations
$50
Sand-based Root Zone Test:
Nutrients, pH, estimated CEC & cation saturation, recommendations, soluble salt level, organic matter content by loss-on-ignition, percentage fines, recommendations
$50
*Organic matter content would be determined by Loss-on-ignition for golf course greens, as described by USGA guidelines.

Technical
Permeability Class Rating:
Percentages sand/silt/clay, sieve analysis of sand, gravel content, report FAXed
$100
Acid-producing soil test:
pH before and after oxidation, level of sulfate for determination of acid sulfide/sulfate soil or sediment. Report FAXed
$40
Topsoil Evaluation:
Fertility, pH, soluble salt level, organic matter content, percentages of sand/silt/clay, soil textural class, gravel content, visual assessment. Report FAXed
$85
Ecological Research Test:
Nutrients, pH, estimated CEC & cation saturation, soluble salts, organic matter content, percentages of sand/silt/clay, soil textural class, TKN, Inorganic N. Report FAXed
$115
Compost/Technical:
pH, electrical conductivity, inorganic nitrogen by saturated media extract, organic matter content, total Kjeldahl nitrogen, C:N ratio, respiration test, moisture content, coarse/inert fragment content, Report FAXed
$125

Individual Special Soil Tests ("a la carte")
Soil pH and Lime Requirement Only $10
Soluble Salt Test $10
Soil Organic Matter Content $15
Loss-on-ignition OM (LOI) $15
Soil Texture (sand/silt/clay %) $30
USDA Sieve Analysis of Sand $50
Custom Sieve Analysis (client specified) $15/sieve
Gravel (>2mm) Size Distribution $10
Inorganic Nitrogen $20
Total (Kjeldahl) Nitrogen $20
Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) or Exchangeable Cations $50
CEC & Exchangeable Cations $75
Lead Screening by Mehlich 3 $20
Soil Water Content, as received $10

Other Analyses
Water Analysis for Irrigation: pH, soluble salt content, nitrate-nitrogen, phosphorus, iron $20
Plant Tissue Analysis: N, P, K, Ca, Mg, Cu, Mn, Zn, B, Fe, Mo by arrange- ment

Fee Adjustments
Express Processing: per sample, turnaround will depend on tests and total number of samples in batch, includes faxing of report $50
Special Reporting Requirements for example percent passing format for sieve analysis, calculations of coefficient of uniformity, particle size distribution graph, compliance of results to specifications, recommendations to meet specifications, critique of specifications $180/hour calculated in 15 minute increments

Notes:
"Nutrients" refers to P, K, Ca, Mg, Cu, Mn, Zn, B, Fe.
Cation saturation refers to calculated % of CEC for macronutrient cations: Ca, Mg, K.
The pH test includes determination of lime requirement by Adams-Evans buffer.
When not preceded by "percentages of sand/silt/clay", "soil textural class" refers to texture by feel (qualitative).

  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences