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Mission and Services


The mission of The WVU Soil Testing Laboratory is to serve the Farmers, Landowners, and Homeowners of WV by providing the opportunity to receive quality soil analyses and basic fertilizers and lime recommendations to improve the productivity of their land; grasslands, crops, gardens, landscapes, and more.


Currently the West Virginia University Soil Testing Laboratory processes approximately 10,000 samples each year. We pride ourselves with providing timely results to our landowners. Properly mailed samples following shipping guidelines provided by the WVU lab will have an average processing time of five to ten business days from the time of arrival. Slight delays may occur in the spring due to the higher volume of samples received.

The Lab currently offers the following tests:

pH and lime requirement 
(1:1) and LR Mehlich 1
Plant available Phosphorous
Plant available Potassium
Plant available Calcium
Plant available Magnesium

Amendment Recommendations:

Lime source and amount to be applied in tons per acre (Tons/A)

Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorus to be applied in pounds per acre (lbs/A)

Additional Analysis:

$5 - organic matter content- requires an additional 2 working days for processing (Loss on Ignition)

If you wish to have organic matter tested, please include a check for $5 per sample/bag made out to WVU Soil Testing Lab along with the soil sent to the lab. Please identify which samples are to be tested for organic matter.

Basic soil analyses and reports are offered free of charge to West Virginia Residents, however we reserve the right to charge fees to private businesses, government agencies, and out-of-state samples. Please contact the Soil Testing Laboratory (304)293-5375 for rates and additional information. We strongly recommend that any resident sending more than 40 samples contact the lab at (304) 293-5375 to get approval prior to shipping. To avoid delays caused by high number of incoming samples, and to ensure your reports are produced as quickly as possible, try to mail your samples from early September through February.