Soil Testing in Iowa

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Agricultural Soil Testing in Iowa

Our team provides the most efficient and effective soil sampling and soil testing programs across Iowa including a range of fertility management programs tailored to your operation’s unique needs.

With over 20 years of experience soil testing in Clear Lake, Iowa, we have experienced local sampling teams, ready to ensure timely and precise collection of soil samples across Iowa. 

Also nearby our soil laboratory in Clear Lake, Iowa, you can ensure your soil is treated and testing with the latest technologies with a quick turnaround of results so you can make more informed and timely farm management decisions.

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Our Fertility Programs Available in Iowa

We offer a wide assortment of fertility management services and soil testing in Iowa. You can choose or select the services that best suite your needs or we are happy to build a custom program based on your needs. If you have any questions or would like some help to navigate don’t hesitate to Contact Us. 

Soil Testing

At Frontier Labs we offer a complete line of services for any soil testing needs. We offer high quality, fast, and reliable service through our use of the latest testing methods and technologies. 

Generally we turn around samples in 24 hours. If samples are in the lab by 4:00PM they are generally available the following afternoon. All of our soil testing, nematode and spring nitrate test results are available online through a Customer Login. 

Grid Soil Sampling

Our team at Frontier Labs provides reliable and timely soil sampling services. Simply fax in a grid sampling order and let us take care of the rest. You will receive 2 color copies of all the maps. Lab fees include pH, BpH, P, K additional tests are available. We will also make your VRT disk for the type of applicator you have.

Benefits of our Soil Sampling Program:  

  • Our samplers travel to any location to sample your fields
  • We can sample any grid size requested and offer both 2.5 and 4.4 acre grids on a regular basis
  • Our samplers are trained on how to effectively and efficiently grid your field in a minimum amount of time

GIS Mapping Center

At Frontier Labs we have the latest software and the best staff to meet your GIS needs. If you need help converting data for use in your software we can help. If you need someone to process your yield data we can help. If you want help analyzing data that you have collected we can help. If you took your own samples but need to make a VRT disk we can help.

KHS Soil Testing Probes

This is the most versatile and universal probe on the agricultural market. This is the fastest probe and can work in all types of soil and conditions. The unique alligator style opening allows for easy clean out and lets the sampler view each core insuring that it is truly a representative core for the sample. Can easily be used one handed for fast soil sampling.

This probe is made of 11 gauge DOM type 304 stainless steel tubing and is available in a 1″ diameter in 8″ and 12″ depths. This probe is built to last and will not rust.

Resource Material

The following resources provide agricultural producers, crop consultants, researchers, and others online access to relevant Soil and Crop related information:

Getting Accurate Soil Testing Results in Iowa has never been easier

Our Soil Testing Lab in Iowa

Our lab is located just north of Des Moines in Clear Lake, IA and provides accurate and quick soil testing services.

Soil Sampling and Testing in Iowa FAQ's

Our lab is based in Clear Lake, Iowa

We service across Iowa including:

Adair County, Adams County, Allamakee County, Appanoose County, Audubon County, Benton County, Black Hawk County, Boone County, Bremer County, Buchanan County, Buena Vista County, Butler County, Calhoun County, Carroll County, Cass County, Cedar County, Cerro Gordo County, Cherokee County, Chickasaw County, Clarke County, Clay County, Clayton County, Clinton County, Crawford County, Dallas County, Davis County, Decatur County, Delaware County, Des Moines County, Dickinson County, Dubuque County, Emmet County, Fayette County, Floyd County, Franklin County, Fremont County, Greene County, Grundy County, Guthrie County, Hamilton County, Hancock County, Hardin County, Harrison County, Henry County, Howard County, Humboldt County, Ida County, Iowa County, Jackson County, Jasper County, Jefferson County, Johnson County, Jones County, Keokuk County, Kossuth County, Lee County, Linn County, Louisa County, Lucas County, Lyon County, Madison County, Mahaska County, Marion County, Marshall County, Mills County, Mitchell County, Monona County, Monroe County, Montgomery County, Muscatine County, O’Brien County, Osceola County, Page County, Palo Alto County, Plymouth County, Pocahontas County, Polk County, Pottawattamie County, Poweshiek County, Ringgold County, Sac County, Scott County, Shelby County, Sioux County, Story County, Tama County, Taylor County, Union County, Van Buren County, Wapello County, Warren County, Washington County, Wayne County, Webster County, Winnebago County, Winneshiek County, Woodbury County, Worth County, Wright County.

A: We strive for 5-10 days from order to collection and soil results received from lab and delivered to client.

A: Results can be sent to you via a CSV or PDF via email.

In some regions, results can be accessed through an online portal

A: OM, pH, Buffer pH, CEC, P, K, Mg, Ca, K%, Mg%, CA%

A: We sample fertility at 6” and have the capability to go down to 24″ with options to sample to 3′ (1-meter)

A: Grid, SoilOptix and Tissue sampling

A: Soil sampling can tell you a lot about what is happening in the field. It can answer questions on yield impact and how much fertilizer do you actually need to put down and where. Depending on the level of sampling being completed you can see what your macronutrients, micronutrients and even water holding capacity, just to name a few. 

Iowa’s soils can vary widely within a single field. Consider the topography, drainage patterns, and historical land use when determining sampling locations.

Different crops may have varying root depths, so it’s essential to sample at the appropriate depth. For row crops like corn and soybeans, sampling depth is typically 6-12 inches.

The timing of soil sampling can affect nutrient levels. Ideally, samples should be taken in the fall after harvest or in the spring before planting to reflect the nutrient status before the growing season.

Align soil testing with nutrient management plans. Consider the specific nutrient requirements of the crops to be planted and adjust fertilizer recommendations accordingly.

Soil pH is critical for nutrient availability. Test and address pH levels, as they can influence nutrient uptake by plants.

Iowa soils vary in organic matter content. Consider this when interpreting soil test results, as organic matter influences nutrient retention and availability.

Iowa has a significant focus on nitrogen management due to its impact on water quality. Assess nitrate levels in the soil and implement best management practices to minimize nutrient runoff.

A: Soil Test Reports are sent in CSV, Excel and PDF format.

A: No, not for fertility sampling. All you need to get started is a rough boundary of the field (we can provide) to be sampled.

A: You can call us if you have any questions about your soil test report.

260-333-0618

A: Nutrient recommendations need to be requested when ordering soil sampling. If not, they can be added on after the field is sampled. The lab will need previous crop, Intended crop and yield goal.

What Our Customers Say About Us

Jeremy Wolf
Jeremy Wolf
December 2023
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Turn around on soil samples is fast.
Kel Dyke (Oneredeemer)
Kel Dyke (Oneredeemer)
July 2023
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Quite a great group of people here!
Jeanette VanderMarel
Jeanette VanderMarel
October 2023
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The best!
Brad Whitthoft, Whitthoft Farm Supply
Brad Whitthoft, Whitthoft Farm Supply
2023
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They are a very important part of our daily operations and have allowed us to have the most current gps mapping along with vrt planting and fertilizer applications for our customers.
Agronomy Solutions Specialist, Sylvite
Agronomy Solutions Specialist, Sylvite
2023
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Deveron’s Insights team has created tools that enable us to turn data into decisions with our growers. Breaking apart soil test data, variable rate prescriptions, and test plots to compare with overlaid yield data gives us a much better understanding of what drives the agronomic and economic success of our growers’ fields and crops.
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With Deveron, it's as easy as 1, 2, 3....

1. Order Soil Sampling

Contact Us to order your preferred sampling type and resolution and our team will sample your fields asap.

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2. Soil Analysis

Samples are sent to our certified lab in Auburn, IN for analysis.                     

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3. Soil Results

Results are sent to you in a variety of formats and we help interpret your soil results for you.

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