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Colorado State University Extension operates in partnership with the El Paso County Community Services Division to provide non-credit programming to local citizens.

Soil Test Kits

Pick up a soil test kit from Colorado State University Extension Office anytime during normal office hours – Monday through Friday (8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Closed daily from Noon to 1:00 pm). Take the kit home and collect soil then send it to our Fort Collins campus where a lab analyzes the soil.

Colorado State University Extension Office provides the soil test kits. Kits are free up to 3 per person, 3 or more -$5.00 each kit

Each kit includes:

  • a collection container
  • instructions
  • mailing labels
  • a list of the services available
  • price list.

The cost of the soil test varies upon on type of analysis selected on request form and is paid to Ft. Collins.

The following analyses are available:

  • Routine Garden and Landscape Soil Test
    • A basic evaluation for characterizing the soil fertility status. Provides report on: pH, EC (salts), organic matter, nitrate, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, iron, copper, manganese, boron, lime and texture estimates
  • Routine plus texture analysis by hydrometer
    • For an additional cost, the lab will include an accurate measure of the percent of sand, silt, and clay
  • Routine plus C/N ration
    • C/N ratio helps determine the fertilizer N recommendation for soil that has had high rate of compost of manure applied to it
  • Routine plus Sodium Evaluation (SAR)
    • Sodium Absorption Ration is the ration of sodium to calcium+magnesium
  • Routine plus Chromium, Molybdenum, Cadmium, Lead
    • Near mining sites metals may be found at toxic levels in the soil
  • Routine Manure, Compost and Potting Soil analyses

For additional soil test information please visit: http://www.soiltestinglab.colostate.edu/