The District is offering a 75/25 cost share on soil samples done through Agro-One Soil Testing services with a maximum cost output for the District being $100 per farm.
Example – if a farm orders a $100 worth of soil samples the District will pay $75 while the farmer/landowner would pay $25, if there is an order for $200 then the District would pay $100 and the landowner/farmer would pay $100.
A fund of $15,000 has been established to use towards soil samples on a first come basis until the pot of funds is exhausted. The District is also offering to gather the samples from the fields for the farmer/landowner as well as taking care of the shipping, handling and paperwork involved. A qualified Technician will review the results of the sample with the farmer/landowner if requested.
Currently, for farms that participate in AEM, there is a cost share for soil health tests and actually have a Technician that will come take the samples for you.
1. Choose your Soil Testing Service (Click here for the order form)
2. Download and complete an AEM Tier I worksheet.
3. Call 315-946-4136 to schedule a visit so we can take a soil sample.
While every farmer takes pride in stewardship, there are often many components that are difficult to manage on a regular basis such as soil health testing. Soil health management is a key component to environment, economic and ethics management while working for crops of the various commodities. Whether the farm is fruit, vegetable or field crop, soil health monitoring every three years or so gives an opportunity to assess actual soil needs. This assessment gives a clear picture on what investments planning needs to be done for long term health planning. It is like retirement planning for soil. The longer more sustainable the soil health is, the longer more sustainable your crop will be.
By implementing an Agriculture Environmental Management (AEM): Soil Health plan, every farm has an opportunity to understand the actual needs and begin to implement various practices that can assist in building carbon matter for benefits on annual yields and potential manage inputs of starter, herb/pesticides and side dressing.