Soil

The health of our Texas soils is vital a component of sustaining ecosystems suitable for human, animal and plant life. Whether a backyard gardener or a landowner maintaining a large agricultural operation, we offer educational resources designed to teach all Texas how to measure, improve and maintain soil health.

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Soil, Water, and Forage Testing Lab

The Soil, Water and Forage Testing Laboratory is part of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and The Texas A&M University System.
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Soil

Programs

We offer numerous free and affordable programs on agriculture and natural resources, family and community health, economic health and youth development. We also offer many volunteer opportunities. Browse the list below.
Program

The Ranch Management University is an intensive four-day event for new or inexperienced ranchers and landowners to learn about managing soils, forages, livestock and wildlife.

Program

The Small Acreage – Big Opportunity (SABO) program is a joint effort of Texas Wildlife Association and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension to address this need.

Program

The Pecan Orchard Management Short Course is the world renowned premiere educational event on how to grow pecans.

All Resources on Soil

  • Lab

    The laboratory provides research-based, objective recommendations for agronomic and non-agronomic soil analysis, plant tissue analysis, forage nutritive analysis and non-drinking water analysis.

    Hands testing a soil sample in a beaker
  • Program

    The Ranch Management University is an intensive four-day event for new or inexperienced ranchers and landowners to learn about managing soils, forages, livestock and wildlife.

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  • Lab

    The Soil, Water and Forage Testing Laboratory is part of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and The Texas A&M University System.

    Man shoveling soil into bucket
  • Lab

    The TAMU Characterization Lab functions as an integral support facility for faculty, graduate students and the Texas Soil Survey Program.

    Small cups being used for soil testing
  • Service

    The laboratory’s primary mission is to provide research based analysis and non-bias recommendations for agronomic and non-agronomic soil analysis, plant tissue analysis, forage nutritive analysis, and non-drinking water analysis.

    Hands testing a soil sample in a beaker

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