Soil Testing Program

Soil testing help determine the amount of nutrients in your soil and make accurate fertilizer recommendations to maximize soil fertility.  Soil Testing will tell you the pH, macro and micro nutrients, and organic matter content of your soil.  Fairbanks SWCD services are presently free, but there is a $35 charge for each soil sample to cover the laboratory fee and shipping.

Steps to receive soil analysis and fertilizer recommendations:

  1. Sign-up as a FSWCD Cooperator (if you haven't already).  

  2. Collect soil samples.  If you have not collected a soil sample before or you’re not sure how, call or email the Fairbanks SWCD for instructions.

  3. Fill out a soil sample information sheet with all of the relevant information.

  4. Drop them off at Fairbanks SWCD office and pay the $35 charge.

  5. Samples will be prepared (dried and seived) and sent to a soil analytical laboratory for analysis and a few days later we'll get the results.

  6. Fairbanks SWCD Technician will interpret the soil analysis and prepare fertilizer recommendations that will be mailed or emailed to you

  7. You apply fertilizer/amendments at recommended levels.

If you have any questions about the Soil Testing Program, please call or email  the FSWCD office.


Soils of the Fairbanks Area 

Hardcopies are availible at the FSWCD Office by request.  To download the large format .pdf just click on the picture above.


Soils of Local Importance

The FSWCD includes portions of the Greater Fairbanks, Tochaket, North Star, Fort Wainwright, and Greater Nenana Soil Survey Areas.  Soils of Local Importance consist of those soil units that have the best propertiesfor farmland within the Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District boundary. It does not represent all farmland soils, only the best. Urban or built-up areas of the soil units listed are not considered important farmland.

        


Soil Quality Test Kit

The Fairbanks SWCD provides the free service of testing soil quality.  Soil quality or soil health is “the capacity of a specific kind of soil to function” (i.e. sustainable productivity, storing & cycling nutrients, buffering or filtering pollutants, etc…) The Soil Quality Test Kit helps to evaluate physical, chemical, and biological properties.

Physical Properties

Chemical

Biological

Bulk Density

pH

Soil Respiration

Water Content

Infiltration Rate

Electrical Conductivity (EC)

Aggregate Stability

Earthworms (generally not found in Interior Alaska)

Slaking

Soil Nitrate Levels

Morphological Estimations

 

These soil properties will give you a general trend or direction of soil quality, which can be used:

 

 Soil Quality Test Kit Guide

To make an appointment to use the Soil Quality Test Kit or if you have any questions email jlguritz@gmail.com

More Information

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