How to fill out the Soil Form
Ag Service Lab
Clemson University


The form can be found on the lab web page by going back to the Soil section. 


1.      Insert a disk into the A: drive.

2.      Click SAVE to save the executable soil form onto your A: drive – or you can change the target drive if desired.  You now have the form saved where you can reuse it when needed. 

3.      To open the form, go to the drive where you saved it.  Double click on the executable soil form. Enter in the information and print the sheet, but don’t save it.  The blank form will remain on your drive for reuse.


The form can be filled out with the computer or you can print off as many blank copies as you need to fill out by hand.


If using the computer – use the TAB key to move through the fields.


  1. Completely fill in all requested information at the top of the page.


  1. Account:  This seven block space is for your account code.  The county Extension office collecting the fees for samples must enter the account code for that county office.  Researchers should enter their personal computer userid.  Other accounts should enter their seven-digit account number.  This is a mandatory fill field if you have an account.  If you’re including payment with the sample sent directly to the lab leave this space blank.   


  1. Email Address:  Enter your email address in this 30-block space if you would like to receive an email notification telling you when your report is ready for you to access on the web.  If you enter an email address you will not receive a hard copy of your report.  If you submit your sample through the county office and include your personal email address here, the county will have web access to your report.


  1. Grower’s Sample Number:  Enter your sample identification number/label in this 10-block space.  If you submit more than one sample make sure your sample numbers are unique.  Make sure that the sample number on the soil box matches the sample number on the form for every sample submitted.


  1. Soil Code:  Enter the appropriate soil code listed below.  For a more detailed description go to .
    1. Sandy, greater than 40 inches to clay
    2. Coarse loamy, 20-40 inches to clay
    3. Fine loamy, 0-20 inches to clay
    4. Clayey, clay on surface
    5. Subsoil samples – top 4 inches of clay layer
    6. Organic soils and artificial mixes


  1. Crop Codes:  Go to CropCodesWeb.htm to view the acreage and square footage crop codes.  A separate fertilizer recommendation will be given for each crop listed.  Up to four crops may be listed.


  1. Analyses:  Check the appropriate box(es) for the analyses desired (point with the mouse and click to select box).  Write in the fee for that sample.  (The fees will be carried out automatically if using the computer.)


  1. Total Amount Due:  Add up the total amount due at the bottom of the sheet.  (The fees will be added automatically if using the computer.)  If paying by check enter your check number.  Make checks payable to Clemson University.


  1. Deliver samples, completed record sheets, and payment to the lab or your county Extension Agent’s office for shipment to the lab.  Completed forms must accompany samples to the lab.


  1. Hard Copies of Reports:  If you have not included an email address in the email space you will receive a hard copy from the lab.  The county office is responsible for sending all “copy to” hard copies if requested.