The deadline for the Gregg/Upshur County Soil Test Drive has been extended to Fri., Sept. 20, 2013 to allow gardeners and forage producers’ ample opportunity to turn in samples of their soil(s) for fertility analysis. The Gregg/Upshur Soil and Water Conservation District has graciously teamed up with the Gregg County A&M AgriLife Extension Service for the benefit of our landowners both rural and urban and we are sponsoring a Soil Testing Drive for home gardeners, pasture and hay meadows in both counties.

The Gregg/Upshur SWCD will assist by paying for the first soil sample for each person submitting samples from their garden, pasture, or hay meadow now through Friday, September 20, 2013. These samples will be sent to the A&M Soil Testing Lab at College Station during the week of September 23 for analysis.

Results are expected about two (2) weeks later and will be available to the landowners at that time. An educational program on the importance of maintaining soil fertility will be held in early October.

Participants are encouraged to submit additional soil samples if they have more than one garden, pasture, hay meadow, or combination. Additional samples are at the landowner’s expense. Sample kits may be picked up and turned in at the following locations: Gregg County Extension Office, A&M Farm Supply, Smotherman’s Scenery, Kilgore Feed or Lone Star Feed in Kilgore. You can contact Hugh Soape, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural

Resources, Gregg County at 903-236-8429 for more information.