1938: Soil testing begins at the Georgia Experiment Station

Dr. L.C. Olson begins soil testing at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga.

Developing and maintaining productive soils begins with soil testing, which provides information on the soil’s nutrient status. Test results are used to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best plant and crop growth.

The University of Georgia’s Soil Testing and Plant Analysis Laboratory was established in 1970 to better serve the analytical needs of farmers and homeowners and to provide recommendations, educational materials and supplies.

The Soil, Plant and Water Laboratory is equipped with the most modern analytical equipment to provide rapid and accurate analyses of samples submitted by individuals and county Extension offices.

Since 1970, soil sample volume has increased from 43,000 samples per year to more than 100,000 samples per year. The soil testing program is jointly run by UGA Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Station.