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S-103, Agricultural Soil

S-103, Agricultural Soil

Best Soil Test for a New Garden Location

It all starts with good soil. Whether you're gardening 10 sq ft or farming thousands of acres, smart growers know that soil tests pay for themselves in increased productivity and targeted fertilizing that is made possible by a specific diagnosis of the soil's strengths and weaknesses.

The Complete Soil Analysis Report includes lab readings for the following tests:

  • Zinc, manganese, iron, copper and boron
  • Organic matter
  • Estimated nitrogen release & nitrate nitrogen
  • Phosphorus (weak bray & sodium bicarbonate P)
  • Extractable cations (potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium), hydrogen, sulfate sulfur
  • pH & cation exchange capacity and percent cation saturation and excess lime

Note: this test is a standard soil test. DO NOT submit container media (potting mix) or organic amendments for the standard "soil" test. Standard soil test methods were NOT designed for these types of materials. If your sample contains perlite, vermiculite, bark, rice hulls or any other potting mix or amendments, you will not receive accurate results.

The important guidelines for taking soil samples: 

1. Soils that differ in soil type, appearance, drainage, crop growth or past treatment should be sampled separately, provided the areas can be fertilized separately. Avoid areas or soil conditions that are different, such as lime piles, manure piles, fertilizer spills, gate areas, livestock congregation areas, poorly drained areas, tillage or fertilizer corners, barns, roads or fence rows. 

2.  Use a clean trowel or shovel to take the sample. Don’t use brass, soft steel or your hands to take a sample. 

3.  Scrape away surface debris or litter and dig a cone-shaped hole to a depth of approximately 6”. Then, cut a vertical cross section of the soil sample, from the surface all the way down to the sample depth. 

4. Avoid varied depth of samples, combining unlike areas into one composite sample, or combining like soil areas with different past fertilizing or liming. 

5.  Take about a dozen cross sections for each soil test. If you are not testing in a raised bed, try to make the sample distances about 5 - 10 ft. apart. Mix them thoroughly in a clean plastic or paper container, don’t use rubber or galvanized steel as that could contaminate the soil. Fill sample bag to the line with this mixture. Send about 2 pounds of soil. 

6.  Preferably, the soil should not be sampled if it is much wetter than you would want it for tilling. If it is wet, allow it to air dry, away from the sun. Soil should never be dried with heat. Don’t put wet soil in sample bag––it will mold. 

7. Don’t touch soil with hands or contaminated equipment. Don’t use galvanized, soft steel or brass equipment for sampling. Don’t put soil in metal bucket because the zinc affects the soil test. 

8. Return 1000 grams or 2lbs of soil for testing. Typically, a one gallon zip lock bag that is ½ - ¾ full will suffice. 

  • Write the GROW number (receipt number) & name on the ziplock bag 
  • send to: 

Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
Attn: Soil Analysis
125 Clydesdale Ct
Grass Valley, CA 95945

9. For samples not originating within the lower 48 states please call for special shipping instructions as required by the USDA.

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It all starts with good soil. Whether you're gardening 10 sq ft or farming thousands of acres, smart growers know that soil tests pay for themselves in increased productivity and targeted fertilizing that is made possible by a specific diagnosis of the soil's strengths and weaknesses.

The Complete Soil Analysis Report includes lab readings for the following tests:

  • Zinc, manganese, iron, copper and boron
  • Organic matter
  • Estimated nitrogen release & nitrate nitrogen
  • Phosphorus (weak bray & sodium bicarbonate P)
  • Extractable cations (potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium), hydrogen, sulfate sulfur
  • pH & cation exchange capacity and percent cation saturation and excess lime

Note: this test is a standard soil test. DO NOT submit container media (potting mix) or organic amendments for the standard "soil" test. Standard soil test methods were NOT designed for these types of materials. If your sample contains perlite, vermiculite, bark, rice hulls or any other potting mix or amendments, you will not receive accurate results.

The important guidelines for taking soil samples: 

1. Soils that differ in soil type, appearance, drainage, crop growth or past treatment should be sampled separately, provided the areas can be fertilized separately. Avoid areas or soil conditions that are different, such as lime piles, manure piles, fertilizer spills, gate areas, livestock congregation areas, poorly drained areas, tillage or fertilizer corners, barns, roads or fence rows. 

2.  Use a clean trowel or shovel to take the sample. Don’t use brass, soft steel or your hands to take a sample. 

3.  Scrape away surface debris or litter and dig a cone-shaped hole to a depth of approximately 6”. Then, cut a vertical cross section of the soil sample, from the surface all the way down to the sample depth. 

4. Avoid varied depth of samples, combining unlike areas into one composite sample, or combining like soil areas with different past fertilizing or liming. 

5.  Take about a dozen cross sections for each soil test. If you are not testing in a raised bed, try to make the sample distances about 5 - 10 ft. apart. Mix them thoroughly in a clean plastic or paper container, don’t use rubber or galvanized steel as that could contaminate the soil. Fill sample bag to the line with this mixture. Send about 2 pounds of soil. 

6.  Preferably, the soil should not be sampled if it is much wetter than you would want it for tilling. If it is wet, allow it to air dry, away from the sun. Soil should never be dried with heat. Don’t put wet soil in sample bag––it will mold. 

7. Don’t touch soil with hands or contaminated equipment. Don’t use galvanized, soft steel or brass equipment for sampling. Don’t put soil in metal bucket because the zinc affects the soil test. 

8. Return 1000 grams or 2lbs of soil for testing. Typically, a one gallon zip lock bag that is ½ - ¾ full will suffice. 

  • Write the GROW number (receipt number) & name on the ziplock bag 
  • send to: 

Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
Attn: Soil Analysis
125 Clydesdale Ct
Grass Valley, CA 95945

9. For samples not originating within the lower 48 states please call for special shipping instructions as required by the USDA.

Many years of soil audits on hundreds of different soils across the country have given us the expertise to develop a unique soil analysis package, appropriate for growers of all sizes.

You will receive a soil test bag and a sheet with instructions for taking your soil sample. Return your sample via USPS or UPS/FedEX. You will receive your test results in approximately 2 weeks, including personalized recommendations from our staff regarding necessary amendments.

Please note that our information applies only to the levels found using our lab's analyzing process. Readings can vary greatly from lab to lab, depending on their methods and procedures.

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Ships from Northern CA.
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FREE SHIPPING via USPS First Class to the lower 48 states.

Shipping Weight: 1.0 lb

Dimensions: 1.0"L x 1.0"W x 1.0"H

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  • Tests for Additional Minerals
  • Tests for NPK
  • Tests for pH

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Customer Reviews

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Jacquee
Such a nightmare!

This test was expensive and gives good insight into your soil. HOWEVER, I ordered my test and didn't receive a shipping notice. So, 2 weeks later I decided to reach out to their support team. They apologized and promptly shipped it. I was able to get the results not long after I returned the sample. I was told to contact an email address to learn how to read the results. I did, 2 weeks & 2 emails later I haven't heard back. If you don't know how to read this analysis, they do not give you a way to learn how to implement the results into your garden. Despite what their videos say, there is no "booklet" that comes with your results. SUCH A WASTE!!!

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Emily Jones
great info

This test though expensive gives great information about all aspects of your soil so you can make the best of soil amendments.

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flowerfarmerwv
Useful Product!

Love all the detailed explanations!

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Bethie
On par with the Best

I have an ever-growing vegetable garden for my client. Some raised beds, some not. 2000 sq. ft. this year. I have sent out soil samples to a highly regarded agricultural university in my area with great results. I sent one bed/area to test side-by-side by Peaceful Valley. Your soil analysis is on par, accurate, but easier to read for the non-professional.
I highly recommend their analysis with the booklet to help you understand what’s what. And, truthfully I am a real person. Not needing to give “stars”. I only want to help my fellow gardeners. Katonah, NY. Private gardener.

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Powderdog
Pricy

Fifty bucks for one sample is too much. Also, their method of sampling may not be valid in today's subdivisions. Today, subdivisions are built with numerous scrapers hauling dirt from different locations. It's entirely possible that you can have several different kinds of soil on your property separated by less than a foot. A scraper can come rumbling through with a load of one kind of soil and another right along side with a load of another kind of soil from a different location. This is not only possible, in some subdivisions, it's highly likely.

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