The Brazos Valley Soil and Forage Testing Campaign are underway in Washington County and will run October 15 – November 15, 2017. This campaign is made possible through the support of the Washington County Beef and Forage Committee and in cooperation with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Soil, Water, and Forge Testing Lab in College Station.
Soil sample bags and submittal forms for both the soil and forage testing campaign are available at four locations across the county including:
All soil samples, forage samples, and forms must be returned to the Washington County Extension office to receive the discounted pricing. Full payment by check payable to the Washington County Beef and Forage Committee is due when the samples are submitted to the Extension office. Extension office staff will deliver your samples to the testing lab. Sample results will be returned to the Extension office and then distributed by mail to you.
The Soil Testing Campaign offers agricultural producers the opportunity to have their soil tested to determine its current fertility and receive a recommendation to improve the fertility required to produce the best crop possible. This campaign is only intended for soil analysis on agricultural land used for grazing and/or hay production. Please do not submit lawn or garden soil samples.
The cost for a routine analysis will be $7.00 and a routine analysis with micronutrients will cost $14.00.
In exchange for the reduced testing cost, some information regarding your agriculture land will be required. The information you will need to provide includes the amount of acres the sample represents, your planned fertilizer application for the coming year, what you are growing, and whether or not the soil has been sampled in the past three years.
In addition to the soil testing, producers have the opportunity to submit Forage Samples for analysis during this campaign at a reduced fee. Producers will be asked to submit a quart size sample in a paper sack or envelop with information on sample ID and forage type. All hay samples will be analyzed by NIR for protein, ADF, NDF, TDN and an estimate of digestibility. NIR Analysis has been expanded to include all grass crops.
If you have any questions concerning the Brazos Valley Soil Analysis Campaign, please contact the Washington County Extension office at (979) 277-6212.