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Soil & Homesite

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

Before construction, topsoil should be salvaged and placed in a pile. Once the home is built, the area around the home should be graded and the topsoil replaced on the surface.

Conduct a Soil/Site Review

It is important to know about soil characteristics that make a site suitable for home construction or that may cause problems on an established homesite.

Determine Land Suitability for Building
Soil & Site Factors
Homeowner/Site Buyer Recommendations
Final Comments
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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
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Soil Testing

Assess your soil’s nutrient status with a soil test. WVU offers free soil testing for West Virginia residents and customers.

Download WVU Soil Testing Form
How Often to Sample
When to Sample
Where to Sample
How to Sample
How Deep to Sample
Reading the Results

WVU Soil Testing Lab

Contact the Lab

WVU Soil Testing Lab

1405 Agricultural Sciences Building
1194 Evansdale Dr, PO Box 6108,
Morgantown, WV 26506-6108
email Email Eugenia Pena-Yewtukhiw
phone 304-293-5375

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

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.

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Read WVU Soil Testing Lab Changes

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