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Monday through Friday
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

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COVID – 19 UPDATE
In an effort to reduce risk of spreading COVID-19, we are taking steps to reduce person to person contact related to our laboratory operations. We are still accepting and running samples. Starting 3-19-2020, we will have our doors locked and the only ones allowed into the building will be employees and essential service personnel. Contact the laboratory if you are delivering a large number of samples. There will be a sign in sheet and drop off container in the back near the receiving door. You will need to make sure that your samples have been logged into our system before dropping the samples off. Please visit our website before coming to the Soil Testing Laboratory in Marianna for any current updates.

July 4th Holiday Hours
The University of Arkansas Soil Testing Laboratory in Marianna will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020 in celebration of the Fourth of July. We will return to work on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 8:00 AM.

Soil Reports for samples taken before June 2019
If you need any soil reports for January through June 2019 before barcode boxes and new LIMS you need to call Linda or Samantha for these reports at 870-295-2851.

 

Cindy Herron & Diane Lafex
Soil Testing and Research Laboratory
8 Lee Rd 214
Marianna, AR 72360
Phone: 870-295-2851
Fax: 870-295-2432
Email: soiltest@uark.edu

Soil Shipping Address:

PO Drawer 767
Marianna, AR 72360

General Mailing Address:

8 Lee Rd 214
Marianna, AR 72360

Virtual Tour

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Potassium Deficiency

Potassium Management

Virtual Tour

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Potassium Deficiency

Potassium Management

Mission

The mission of the Marianna Soil Test Laboratory is to provide accurate and timely routine soil analyses and unbiased nutrient management guidelines that are based on the best available science to Arkansas residents.

Services and Methods

Routine soil analysis provides information on the pH and fertility status of the soil. Soil test results provide guidance on the types and amounts of fertilizer and lime to apply to optimize plant growth and yield. Soil testing is just one component of agronomic and environmental nutrient management that collectively helps sustain plant growth and minimize nutrient losses into the surrounding landscape using the best available science. In Arkansas, routine soil testing is done free of charge provided the soil is from Arkansas and the person submitting the sample is an Arkansas resident. The Fertilizer Tonnage Fee has supported soil testing services and enforcement of fertilizer laws in Arkansas since 1953 and provides free routine testing of soil at the Marianna Laboratory. Routine soil analysis includes measurement of soil water pH and extraction of plant available nutrients using the Mehlich-3 extraction method. A list of routine and non-routine (fee-based) services and references for the analytical methods used by the Marianna Soil Test Laboratory is given below. For information on how to collect and submit a soil sample, please go to How to Submit Soil Samples page.

Laboratory Methods and References

Routine analysis

Mehlich III (Index of nutrient availability for selected nutrients, P, K, Ca, Mg, S, Na, Fe, Mn, Zn, Cu, and B)

Zhang, H., D.H. Hardy, R. Mylavarapu, and J. Wang. 2014. Mehlich-3. In: F.J. Sikora and K.P. Moore, editors, Soil test methods from the southeastern United States. Southern Coop. Ser. Bull. 419. p. 101-110. Univ. of Georgia http://aesl.ces.uga.edu/sera6/PUB/MethodsManualFinalSERA6.asp.  

Soil pH (1:2 soil:water mixture)

Sikora, F.J., and D.E. Kissel. 2014. Soil pH. In: F.J. Sikora and K.P. Moore, editors, Soil test methods from the southeastern United States. Southern Coop. Ser. Bull. 419. p. 48-53. Univ of Georgiahttp://aesl.ces.uga.edu/sera6/PUB/MethodsManualFinalSERA6.asp.

 

Non-routine procedures and prices

Soil Nitrate-N ($5.00 per sample) measured by ion-selective electrode

Gordon, G.V. 1992. Determination of nitrate-nitrogen by specific-ion electrode. In: S.J. Donahue, editor, Reference soil media diagnostic procedures for the Southern Region of the United States. Southern Coop. Ser. Bull. 374. p. 25-27. Univ of Georgia. http://aesl.ces.uga.edu/sera6/PUB/bulletinNo374.asp.  

Soil Organic Matter ($6.00 per sample) measured by Weight Loss on Ignition

Zhang, H., and J.J. Wang. 2014. Measurement of soil salinity and sodicity. In: F.J. Sikora and K.P. Moore, editors, Soil test methods from the southeastern United States. Southern Coop. Ser. Bull. 419. p. 155-157. Univ. of Georgia http://aesl.ces.uga.edu/sera6/PUB/MethodsManualFinalSERA6.asp.       

Soil Electrical Conductivity ($3.00 per sample) in 1:2 soil:water mixture

Wang, J.J., T. Provin, and H. Zhang. 2014. Measurement of soil salinity and sodicity. In: F.J. Sikora and K.P. Moore, editors, Soil test methods from the southeastern United States. Southern Coop. Ser. Bull. 419. p. 185-193. Univ. of Georgia. http://aesl.ces.uga.edu/sera6/PUB/MethodsManualFinalSERA6.asp  

Soil Texture ($15.00 per sample) by hydrometer

Huluka, G. and R. Miller. 2014. Particle size determination by hydrometer method. In: F.J. Sikora and K.P. Moore, editors, Soil test methods from the southeastern United States. Southern Coop. Ser. Bull. 419. p. 180-184. Univ. of Georgia http://aesl.ces.uga.edu/sera6/PUB/MethodsManualFinalSERA6.asp.     

Prices

EC – $3.00
NO3-N – $5.00
Organic Matter – $6.00
Chloride – $ 10.00
Soil Texture – $15.00
Soil Analyses Out of state and Researchers – $10.00

Laboratory Proficiency Testing

The Marianna Soil Testing and Research Laboratory participates in laboratory proficiency testing to ensure that our analytical procedures and results are accurate and precise. Starting in 2018, the Marianna Laboratory participates in the Agricultural Laboratory Proficiency Program (ALP). Prior to 2018, the laboratory participated in the North American Proficiency Testing (NAPT) Program. Current and past results from these programs are available upon request.

How to Submit Soil Samples

Directions for Consultants and Farmers

Soil samples must be submitted in a University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture soil sample box that contains a barcode and sample identification number. Soil sample boxes are available free to Arkansas residents at Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offices located in each county (https://uaex.edu/counties/default.aspx). Agriculture consultants needing large quantities of soil sample boxes should contact the Marianna Soil Test Laboratory (870-295-2851) and ask for Linda Moore or Samantha Sanders.

If information about how to collect a soil sample is needed, please watch the video available at https://uaex.edu/environment-nature/soil/soil-test.aspx or contact the county Extension agent for further assistance.

Soil samples (about 1 pint of soil) may be brought directly to the Marianna Soil Test Laboratory as long as the samples are in barcoded soil sample boxes and sample information has been entered into the online system. Soil samples may also be delivered to the nearest County Extension Office (in a plastic bag or other suitable container and put into a barcoded soil sample box) and be shipped to the Marianna Soil Test Lab.

Soil sample information is now submitted to the laboratory electronically using the website https://soiltest2.uaex.edu/Default.aspx. The CES 435 form is no longer used. Clients must develop an account with a user id and a password to submit samples and view soil test reports. Clients who do not have an email address must submit soil samples through the county office and will receive a soil test report through the mail.

Sample information may be submitted directly by the client or the staff at any County Extension Office.  Regardless of who electronically submits soil samples, the required information includes:

  1. Phone number and mailing address
  2. Email address (if available)
  3. Field or sample name
  4. Plant or crop to be grown ( see crop code Tab above)
  5. For rice, the cultivar is also needed
  6. For selected crops (e.g., corn and forages for hay production), a yield goal is needed.

Other information (non-essential)

  1. Lime history (last 4 years)
  2. Irrigation water source
  3. Field leveling history (last 4 years)
  4. Request and payment for fee-based analysis
  5. Soil Association number Map

The online sample submission program allows users to view the soil samples that have been successfully submitted to the laboratory. Once soil samples have been analyzed, the client will receive an email stating that soil sample analysis is complete and the reports are ready to be viewed, downloaded, or printed. Clients that do not have an email address, will be mailed a hard copy of soil test results directly from the laboratory. Clients with an email address will need to create an account to receive notification of when soil test results are available.

Soils NOT Tested at Marianna Soil Testing Laboratory

If the native soils have been heavily amended with compost, bagged garden soils, mulch, etc the Marianna Soil Test Laboratory will not analyze the samples.  Samples containing or comprised of mulch, potting soil, perlite, and vermiculite, and/or compost are not lab friendly and may contaminate laboratory equipment.  Routine soil analysis is not an appropriate assessment of the suitability of these products for plant growth.

Crop Codes

Crop CodeCrop NameCrop Type
001Corn for Grain (Yield Potential up to 125 bu/acre)Row Crop
002Corn for Grain (Yield Potential up to 150 bu/acre)Row Crop
003Corn for Grain (Yield Potential up to 175 bu/acre)Row Crop
004Corn for Grain (Yield Potential ≥ 200 bu/acre)Row Crop
005Corn for SilageRow Crop
006CottonRow Crop
007Grain Sorghum for Grain - Non irrigated (NIR)Row Crop
008Grain Sorghum for Grain - Irrigated (IR, Yield Potential ~90 bu/acre)Row Crop
009Grain Sorghum for Grain - Irrigated (IR, Yield Potential ~110 bu/acre)Row Crop
010Grain Sorghum for Grain - Irrigated (IR, Yield Potential ≥130 bu/acre)Row Crop
011Grain Sorghum for SilageRow Crop
012OatsRow Crop
013-01Dellarow crop rice
013-02Marsrow crop rice
013-03Jasmine 85row crop rice
013-04Nortairow crop rice
013-05Alanrow crop rice
013-06Jacksonrow crop rice
013-07Maybellerow crop rice
013-08Katyrow crop rice
013-09Millierow crop rice
013-10Newbonnetrow crop rice
013-11Cypressrow crop rice
013-12Priscillarow crop rice
013-13Lafitterow crop rice
013-14Lemontrow crop rice
013-15Madisonrow crop rice
013-16Dellmontrow crop rice
013-17Earlerow crop rice
013-18Saberrow crop rice
013-19Jeffersonrow crop rice
013-20CL 121row crop rice
013-21CL 141row crop rice
013-22Rice Tec XL6row crop rice
013-23Rice Tec XL7row crop rice
013-24Lagruerow crop rice
013-25Drewrow crop rice
013-26Ahrentrow crop rice
013-27Bengalrow crop rice
013-28MedArkrow crop rice
013-29CL 161row crop rice
013-30Cocodrierow crop rice
013-31Cybonnetrow crop rice
013-32Cheniererow crop rice
013-33Wellsrow crop rice
013-34Banksrow crop rice
013-35Francisrow crop rice
013-36Rice Tec XL8row crop rice
013-37Rice Tec CL XL8row crop rice
013-38Rice Tec XP710row crop rice
013-39Rice Tec XP716row crop rice
013-40Rice Tec XL723row crop rice
013-41CL 131row crop rice
013-42Springrow crop rice
013-43Jupiterrow crop rice
013-44Trenasserow crop rice
013-45Presidorow crop rice
013-46Rice Tec CL XL730row crop rice
013-47Piroguerow crop rice
013-48CL 171-ARrow crop rice
013-49Rice Tec CL XL729row crop rice
013-50Rice Tec XP744row crop rice
013-51Rice Tec CL XL745row crop rice
013-52Bowmanrow crop rice
013-53Arize 1003row crop rice
013-54Catahoularow crop rice
013-55CL151row crop rice
013-56JESrow crop rice
013-57Neptunerow crop rice
013-58RiceTec CL XL 746row crop rice
013-59Taggartrow crop rice
013-60Templetonrow crop rice
013-61CL 111row crop rice
013-62CL 142 ARrow crop rice
013-63CL 181 ARrow crop rice
013-64CL 261row crop rice
013-65Jazzmanrow crop rice
013-66Rexrow crop rice
013-67Roy Jrow crop rice
013-68CL152row crop rice
013-69CL162row crop rice
013-70Caffeyrow crop rice
013-71Jazzman 2row crop rice
013-72Antoniorow crop rice
013-73Mermentaurow crop rice
013-74Coloradorow crop rice
013-75Della 2row crop rice
013-76RiceTec XP4523row crop rice
013-77RiceTec XP4534row crop rice
013-78RiceTec XL753row crop rice
013-79LaKastrow crop rice
013-80CL163row crop rice
013-81CL172row crop rice
013-82CL271row crop rice
013-83XL760row crop rice
013-84Diamondrow crop rice
013-85Titanrow crop rice
013-86CL153row crop rice
013-87CL272row crop rice
013-88RT7311 CLrow crop rice
013-89Gemini 214 CLrow crop rice
013-90Thadrow crop rice
013-91PVL01row crop rice
013-92Other Varietyrow crop rice
014Soybean - Full SeasonRow Crop
015Soybean - Doublecrop (DC) (requires small grain crop as first crop)Row Crop
016Wheat for GrainRow Crop
017Wheat for Grain and GrazingRow Crop
018Other Crop (Analysis only - contact State Extension Specialist for Recommendation, Fill in space with desired crop name)Row Crop
019Fallow (no recommendation/analysis only - crop code for rotation sequence)Row Crop
020Fish Ponds (Analysis only - contact State Extension Specialist for Recommendation)Row Crop
021Reg 5 AnalysisRow Crop
022Pollinator Production (NRCS)Row Crop
023HempRow Crop
024PeanutsRow Crop
101Alfalfa or Alfalfa + Cool-Season Grass Mixtures (EST)forage legumes
102Alfalfa or Alfalfa + Cool-Season Grass Mixtures (MNT) - 3 ton/acreforage legumes
103Alfalfa or Alfalfa + Cool-Season Grass Mixtures (MNT) - 5 ton/acreforage legumes
104Alfalfa or Alfalfa + Cool-Season Grass Mixtures (MNT) - 7 ton/acreforage legumes
105Alfalfa or Alfalfa + Cool-Season Grass Mixtures (MNT) - 9 ton/acreforage legumes
106Legumes + Cool-Season Grass (EST)forage legumes
107Legumes + Cool-Season Grass (MNT) - 2 ton/acreforage legumes
108Legumes + Cool-Season Grass (MNT) - 3 ton/acreforage legumes
109Legumes + Cool-Season Grass (MNT) - 4 ton/acreforage legumes
110Legumes + Cool-Season Grass (MNT) - 5 ton/acreforage legumes
111Legumes + Warm-Season Grass (EST)forage legumes
112Legumes + Warm-Season Grass (MNT) - 2 ton/acreforage legumes
113Legumes + Warm-Season Grass (MNT) - 3 ton/acreforage legumes
114Legumes + Warm-Season Grass (MNT) - 4 ton/acreforage legumes
115Legumes + Warm-Season Grass (MNT) - 5 ton/acreforage legumes
116Legumes Over-Seeded into Grass Sod (EST)forage legumes
117Soybean for Hay (EST)forage legumes
118Wildlife Food Plots Including Legumesforage legumes
121Cool-Season Grasses (EST)forage grass
122Cool-Season Grasses (MNT) - 2 ton/acreforage grass
123Cool-Season Grasses (MNT) - 3 ton/acreforage grass
124Cool-Season Grasses (MNT) - 4 ton/acreforage grass
125Cool-Season Grasses (MNT) - 5 ton/acreforage grass
126Native Warm-Season Grasses (EST)forage grass
127Native Warm-Season Grasses (MNT) - 2 ton/acreforage grass
128Native Warm-Season Grasses (MNT) - 3 ton/acreforage grass
129Native Warm-Season Grasses (MNT) - 4 ton/acreforage grass
130Native Warm-Season Grasses (MNT) - 5 ton/acreforage grass
0131Warm-Season Grasses (EST)forage grass
132Warm-Season Grasses (MNT) - 2 ton/acreforage grass
133Warm-Season Grasses (MNT) - 4 ton/acreforage grass
134Warm-Season Grasses (MNT) - 6 ton/acreforage grass
135Warm-Season Grasses (MNT) - 8 ton/acreforage grass
136Winter Annuals Over-seeded into Grass Sod (MNT) - 1 ton/acreforage grass
137Winter Annuals Over-seeded into Grass Sod (MNT) - 2 ton/acreforage grass
138Winter Annuals Over-seeded into Grass Sod (MNT) - 3 ton/acreforage grass
139Winter Annuals Over-seeded into Grass Sod (MNT) - 4 ton/acreforage grass
140Wildlife Food Plots [No Legumes] {EST & MNT}forage grass
141Summer Annualsforage grass
142Mixed Cool and Warm Season Grasses - 2 ton/acreforage grass
143Mixed Cool and Warm Season Grasses - 3 ton/acreforage grass
144Mixed Cool and Warm Season Grasses - 4 ton/acreforage grass
145Mixed Cool and Warm Season Grasses - 5 ton/acreforage grass
201Cool-Season Cover Crops (EST, MNT)Pasture Forage
202Cool-Season Grasses (EST)Pasture Forage
203Cool-Season Grasses (MNT)Pasture Forage
204Legumes or Cool-Season Grasses/Legume Mixtures (EST)Pasture Forage
205Legumes or Cool-Season Grasses/Legume Mixtures (MNT)Pasture Forage
206Warm-Season Grasses (EST)Pasture Forage
207Warm-Season Grasses (MNT)Pasture Forage
208Legumes or Warm-Season Grasses/Legume Mixtures (EST)Pasture Forage
209Legumes or Warm-Season Grasses/Legume Mixtures (MNT)Pasture Forage
210Winter Annuals (EST/MNT)Pasture Forage
211Native Warm-Season Grasses (EST/MNT)Pasture Forage
212Mixed Cool and Warm-Season GrassesPasture Forage
213CRP (Conservation Reserve Program, Maintenance of Cover)Pasture Forage
301General Garden (No legumes)vegetables
302General Garden (With legumes)vegetables
303Asparagus [Year 1]vegetables
304Asparagus [Year 2]vegetables
305Asparagus [Year 3]vegetables
306Beans [Bush, Lima, Pole, and Snap]vegetables
307Beetsvegetables
308Cantaloupe and Muskmelons [Irrigated plasticulture]vegetables
309Cantaloupe and Muskmelons [Irrigated on beds]]vegetables
310Cole Crops [Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, and Cauliflower]vegetables
311Cucumber [Slicing]vegetables
312Cucumber [Pickling/Processing]vegetables
313Eggplant [Irrigated plasticulture]vegetables
314Eggplant [Irrigated on beds]vegetables
315Greens [Collard, Kale, Mustard, and Turnip]vegetables
316Irish Potatoesvegetables
317Okra [Irrigated plasticulture]vegetables
318Okra [Irrigated on Beds]vegetables
319Onion, Garlic, and Shallotsvegetables
320Peas [English]vegetables
321Peppers [Irrigated plasticulture]vegetables
322Peppers [Irrigated on Beds]vegetables
323Pumpkinsvegetables
324Root Crops [Carrot and Radish]vegetables
325Southern Peasvegetables
326Spinachvegetables
327Squash [Irrigated plasticulture]vegetables
328Squash [Irrigated on Beds]vegetables
329Sweet Cornvegetables
330Sweet Potatoesvegetables
331Tomatoes [Irrigated plasticulture]vegetables
332Tomatoes [Staked]vegetables
333Turnipsvegetables
334Watermelon [Irrigated plasticulture]vegetables
335Watermelon [Irrigated on Beds]vegetables
401Athletic Field - Cool Season Grasses on a Sand Base [EST & MNT]turf production
402Athletic Field - Cool Season Grasses on a Soil Base [EST & MNT]turf production
403Athletic Field - Warm Season Grasses on a Sand Base [EST & MNT]turf production
404Athletic Field - Warm Season Grasses on a Soil Base [EST & MNT]turf production
405Bentgrass Greens on a Sand Base [EST]turf production
406Bentgrass Greens on a Soil Base [EST]turf production
407Bentgrass Greens on a Sand Base [MNT]turf production
408Bentgrass Greens on a Soil Base [MNT]turf production
409Bermudagrass Greens on a Sand Base [EST]turf production
410Bermudagrass Greens on a Soil Base [EST]turf production
411Bermudagrass Greens on a Sand Base [MNT]turf production
412Bermudagrass Greens on a Soil Base [MNT]turf production
413Bermudagrass Fairways [EST & MNT]turf production
414Zoysiagrass Fairways [EST & MNT]turf production
415Seeded Rough Cool-Season Grass [EST & MNT]turf production
416Seeded Rough Warm-Season Grass [EST & MNT]turf production
417Bermudagrass Tees & Fairways [EST]turf production
418Bermudagrass Tees & Fairways [MNT]turf production
419Zoysiagrass Tees & Fairways [EST]turf production
420Zoysiagrass Tees & Fairways [MNT]turf production
421Parks/Playgrounds Cool Season Grass [EST & MNT]turf production
422Parks/Playgrounds Warm Season Grass [EST & MNT]turf production
423Sod - Bermudagrass Commercial Production [EST & MNT]turf production
424Sod - Centipede Commercial Production [EST & MNT]turf production
425Sod - Zoysiagrass Commercial Production [EST & MNT]turf production
426Lawn Turf - Bermudagrass [EST & MNT]turf production
427Lawn Turf - Bluegrass [EST & MNT]turf production
428Lawn Turf - Centipedegrass [EST & MNT]turf production
429Lawn Turf - Ryegrass [EST & MNT]turf production
430Lawn Turf - St. Augustine [EST & MNT]turf production
431Lawn Turf - Fescues [EST & MNT]turf production
432Lawn Turf - Zoysiagrass [EST & MNTturf production
501Fruit Trees & Small Fruits, General Production for Home Owners [EST]Fruit Tree
502Fruit Trees & Small Fruits, General Production for Home Owners [MNT]Fruit Tree
503Apples, Commercial Production [EST]Fruit Tree
504Apples, Commercial Production [MNT]Fruit Tree
505Cherries, Commercial Production [EST]Fruit Tree
506Cherries, Commercial Production [MNT]Fruit Tree
507Figs, Commercial Production [EST]Fruit Tree
508Figs, Commercial Production [MNT]Fruit Tree
509Nectarines, Commercial Production [EST]Fruit Tree
510Nectarines, Commercial Production [MNT]Fruit Tree
511Peaches, Commercial Production [EST]Fruit Tree
512Peaches, Commercial Production [MNT]Fruit Tree
513Pears, Commercial Production [EST]Fruit Tree
514Pears, Commercial Production [MNT]Fruit Tree
515Plums, Commercial Production [EST]Fruit Tree
516Plums, Commercial Production [MNT]Fruit Tree
517PecansFruit Tree
518WalnutsFruit Tree
519Blueberries - 1st YearFruit Tree
520Blueberries - 2nd & 3rd YearFruit Tree
521Blueberries - 4th YearFruit Tree
522BramblesFruit Tree
523Grapes - 1st year and 2nd Year [Immature vines}Fruit Tree
524Grapes - 3 years old [Mature vines]Fruit Tree
525Strawberries - Matted Row Commercial ProductionFruit Tree
526Strawberries -Small bed/home gardenFruit Tree
527Blueberries (all ages) - Home GardenFruit Tree
601RosesOrnamental Plant
602Acid Group Shrubs [Azaleas, Camellia, Gardenia, Hydrangea, & Rhododendron]Ornamental Plant
603Non-Acid Group Shrubs and TreesOrnamental Plant
604Bedding plants, Annual and Perennial Flowers, Groundcovers, and Herbs & FernsOrnamental Plant
605Shade Tree Field NurseryOraimental Plant
606Pine Nursery SeedlingsOrnamental Plant
607Leyland CypressOrnamental Plant
608Christmas Tree PlantationOrnamental Plant
609Pine Plantation - Commercial ProductionOrnamental Plant

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County Agent Information

Link to Log in Samples

Soil sample information is submitted electronically through the following web address: https://soiltest2.uaex.edu/Default.aspx.  The CES 435 (paper) forms are no longer used with the new LIMS program.  Instructions for electronic submission of soil sample information are available HERE – Directions for County Extension or within the sample submission system using the “Help?” buttons.  Please contact  Linda Moore or Samantha Sanders at 870-295-2851 for assistance.

Sample Boxes

  1. Soil sample boxes with a barcode must be used to submit soil samples.
  2. Please complete the Name, Address, and County for your client on the front of the box. Field/Sample ID is optional.
  3. The barcode boxes include a printed sample number for identification.
  4. Do not put tape or write on top of the sample boxes.
  5. Do NOT ship wet samples. Please dry samples before shipping to help ensure the integrity of sample boxes, sample numbers, and barcodes within the shipping carton are not compromised. Samples with unscannable barcodes and unidentifiable sample numbers will not be analyzed.
  6. When using labels for a name, address, and county make certain the ink does not smear or fade when wet.  Do NOT place labels over the barcode or sample number.
  7. Please ensure that a sufficient amount of soil is in the soil sample boxes. The box should be at least ¾ full of soil.

 

Packing & Shipping

  1. Please ship soil sample boxes only in the provided shipping cartons. Other shipping contained may not be sturdy enough to prevent damage to soil samples boxes.
  2. When there are not enough soil sample boxes to fill a shipping carton, fill the empty space with paper, large square (4″ × 2″) bubble wrap, or another filler that will keep the soil boxes stable (no movement) during shipping. Do NOT use empty barcoded boxes to fill space in the shipping boxes.
  3. Barcoded boxes do NOT need to be packed in numerical order.
  4. There is no need to put any paperwork in the boxes before shipping. Make sure that the soil sample information has been entered in the LIMS system before shipping the samples to the Marianna Soil Test Lab. Soils samples that have been logged into the system can be viewed in the LIMS software.  At the Main Menu page select “View Submitted Samples” and Choose: Today, Yesterday, This Week, etc… and look for the barcode number(s) for samples that have been successfully submitted.
  5. The Marianna Soil Test Lab will pick up large quantities (500+) of soil samples. If your county has at least 500 samples, please call the lab to schedule a pick up (870-295-2851). Samples are only picked up at the County Extension Office.
  6. Upon arrival at the lab, the barcoded boxes are scanned and assigned a laboratory identification number. Samples are scanned in random order on a first come, first serve basis.