Submit Soil Samples No Later Than Nov. 28 to Avoid Peak Season Fees
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) Agronomic Division levies a fee on soil samples submitted during its peak season: December through March. Peak season samples are charged a $4 fee per box. Samples submitted the rest of the year (April through November) are still processed for free.
If you haven’t sampled your soil recently, go ahead and sample now. We recommend sampling every 2-3 years in the coastal plain. If you send your sample by way of the Onslow County extension office, make sure it is received at the office by November 28 to ensure that it reaches NCDA prior to their deadline. If you are sending your samples to the NCDA directly, ensure that they arrive no later than November 30.
Wait times are significantly shorter if you submit your samples during the off-season. It usually only takes about two weeks for the lab to process samples during the non-peak season; during peak season, sample turnaround times can stretch to 8 or 9 weeks.