Soil Sample Now to Avoid Peak Season Fees

Posted On October 23, 2017— Written By and last updated by Kate Holt
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The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) Agronomic Division charges 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 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 through the Onslow County extension office, make sure it is received at the office before Thanksgiving to ensure that it reaches NCDA prior to their deadline. 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 turn around times can stretch to 8 or 9 weeks.