UD Soil Testing Program - 66 years of Service to the Community
Providing accurate analyses and unbiased
interpretations to all clients since 1947.
Soil testing provides useful information to help people manager their land. A farmer or home gardener might have his/her soil tested to determine how much lime or fertilizer is needed to grow plants and/or avoid over-applying nutrient sources like manure. Parents might test the soil in their yard to see if hazardous amounts of lead or arsenic are present before installing a backyard playset for their children, or before beginning a new vegetable garden. Archeologists use soil testing to learn about past land use at historical sites. Scientists test soil to monitor the effects of new management practices on soil properties and environmental conditions.
In serving all of our clients, the mission of the University of Delaware Soil Testing Program remains the same:
To serve the citizens of the state of Delaware by providing accurate, rapid testing and unbiased interpretation of analytical results to all users.
This mission is consistent with both the long-term mission of land-grant colleges and the strategic plan of the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources:
To improve the quality of life in Delaware and the global community through superior education, research and extension programs in agriculture and related disciplines.
Want to learn more about soils?Go to the Resources page for information for on soils for all ages. Resources Page
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AG Day 2013
Sassafrass River Soil Testing Workshop - Sept. 22, 2012 - Galena, MD
Delaware Horticulture Industry Expo - January 23-24, 2013 - Dover, DE
Delaware Home and Garden Show April 6-7, 2013 - Dover, DE
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