Soil and Manure Sampling
WHEN? All pasture assessments soil sampling and analysis will take place during the summer of 2019. Take advantage of this great opportunity, before it is too late!
HOW MUCH? FREE! Farms will be eligible to receive between 5 and 20 free tests – a $60 - $500 value -- depending on the size of the farm.
HOW DOES IT WORK? North Jersey RC&D staff will schedule an appointment to visit your farm talk over a sampling plan in order to decide which fields to sample and which tests would be most beneficial. After the results are in, we'll contact you to schedule another meeting to review your results and answer any questions you might have.
Within a few days, an RC&D staff member will contact you to schedule an appointment.
WHY SOIL SAMPLING
We encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about your soil quality and health!
A soil test is important for several reasons: to optimize crop production, to protect the environment from contamination by runoff and leaching of excess fertilizers, to aid in the diagnosis of plant culture problems, to improve the nutritional balance of the growing media and to save money and conserve energy by applying only the amount of fertilizer needed. These practices improve farm productivity and local water quality.
Our goal in offering this service is to educate and assist New Jersey farmers learn about and improve their soil health. Farmers interested in implementing conservation practices (such as cover crops, rotational grazing, and waterway protection) may be eligible for additional grant funding to reduce implementation costs.