Soil & Water
Across West Virginia, WVU Extension Service agents and specialists work with residents and landowners to test, analyze and improve soil quality.Browse the Soil & Homesite Guide
Whether you need fertile soil to farm, good soil to grow a lawn, or soil that drains well or compacts easily to build on, WVU Extension experts can help you yield the most of your land.
Soil & Homesite Guide
Composting for Beginners
Composting is an environmentally-friendly way to add nutrients back to the soil while also reducing the amount of waste generated.
Improve Soil Test Recommendations
If you're submitting a soil sample to grow hay, pasture, corn, barley, wheat, soybeans, oats, small grain silage or grain sorghum, it's important to determine the predominant soil series within your field.2018 WVU Soil Test Changes
How to Select Your Dominant Soil Series
How Farmers Can Determine the Dominant Soil Series & Field Size
How to Use the Web Soil Survey
Managing Phosphorus Saturated Soils
Repeated litter applications in West Virginia's eastern panhandle have resulted in an accumulation of phosphorus in agricultural soils, increasing the potential of nutrient losses to waterways.Introduction to Phosphorus Saturated Soils
Salinity Management in High Tunnel Systems
High tunnels are controlled environment structures that accelerate crop growth and protect the crop from environmental extremes. Since most crops are produced in soil within the high tunnel, soil health is very important for sustainable food production.Introduction to Salinity Management
Assess your soil’s nutrient status with a soil test. WVU offers free soil testing for West Virginia residents and customers.How Often to Sample
When to Sample
Where to Sample
How to Sample
How Deep to Sample
How to Complete the WVU Soil Test Submission Form
Reading the Results
Using the WVU Soil Testing Report
The WVU Soil Testing Lab report is divided into four sections – submission information, laboratory test results, fertilizer recommendations and recommendation notes. Refer to it when ready to amend your soil.
WVU Soil Testing Lab
Contact the Lab
WVU Soil Testing Lab1405 Agricultural Sciences Building
1194 Evansdale Dr, PO Box 6108,
Morgantown, WV 26506-6108
Email Eugenia Pena-Yewtukhiw
Monday - Friday | 8:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Closed on WVU Holidays
Collect & Submit Soil Samples
Take & Submit a Soil Sample
Soil & Homesite News
How to Purchase Electrical Conductivity & Organic Matter Determination
At the beginning of 2020, the WVU Soil Testing Lab added a new analytical test. Electrical conductivity (EC) determination is now being offered at $3 per sample. Electrical conductivity is a measurement that relates to the amount of salts in your soil sample (salinity). It is reported in deciSiemens per meter (dS/m) units. This test is most useful to manage soils in high tunnels.
The lab also provides organic matter (OM) determination at $6 per sample. Organic matter is determined in the lab using the loss on ignition (LOI) method. It is reported in percentage of weight. Monitoring changes in soil organic matter should be of interest for all farmers wanting to improve crop productivity on their farms.
WVU Soil Testing Lab Changes
As of September 2018, the WVU Soil Testing Lab has made some changes, and here's what you need to know
for an effective, informative soil test.