Soil samples can be analyzed for nutrient levels and pH for both agronomic and horticultural crops through the OSU Extension, Muskingum County Office. Our soil test program is based on the resources provided by the Penn State Agricultural Analytical Services Lab, University Park, Pennsylvania. As a part of our service, we provide assistance interpreting results of your soil test.

Steps to Follow:

1. Collect Sample(s)

Basic Instructions for Collecting Soil Samples (PSU Extension)

2. Submit sample with kit from the Extension Office or use a self-prepared kit.  

Purchase Kits at the Extension Office:

Soil test kits can be purchased at the Muskingum County Office in Zanesville, OH, for $9 (cash or check). These kits include a mailer, submission forms, and sample bag. 

Additional Options (self-prepared kit) (use this option during COVID-19 temporary closure):

If our office is closed or you are unable to get to our location, you may still collect a sample and submit the necessary submission forms with your own bag and mailer. Payment must then be sent with your sample to the laboratory.

These submission forms are prefilled so that a copy of the results will automatically be sent to the Muskingum County Extension Office and a copy will be delivered to the address you provide.

Submission Form for Agronomic Crops (individual sample)

Submission Form for Agronomic Crops (multiple samples)

Submission Form for Home Garden, Fruit, Tree, Landscape, Turf, Lawn

3. Interpret Results.  

If you have questions about your sample results, you may contact the Muskingum County Extension Office at or 740-454-0144.

Helpful Resources

Soil Testing for Ohio Lawns, Landscapes, Fruit Crops, and Vegetable Gardens

Interpreting a Soil Test Report

Fertility Management of Meadows

Soil Testing for Ohio Lawns, Landscapes, Fruit Crops, and Vegetable Gardens

Soil Acidity and Liming for Agronomic Production

Corn, Soybean, and Alfalfa Yield Responses to Micronutrient Fertilization in Ohio

Information Specific to PennState Soil Lab Procedures

PennState Agricultural Analytical Services Lab

Sample Test Report--Home Lawn to Maintain

Lime Recommendation Tables-Turf

Interpreting a soil test for Agronomic Crops

Fertilizer Recommendations/Lime Conversion Tables


Summary of soil test program in Muskingum County