Wildlife Food Plot Testing

Create an environment where wildlife will thrive

Establishing a successful food plot starts with understanding your soil. Our PlotWise soil test kit makes it easy to prepare the best foundation to provide a source of nutrients to attract white-tail deer and other wildlife throughout the year.

Benefits of a Soil Test

A professional soil analysis is the only way to measure and adjust nutrient levels in the soil. You’ll learn the true nutrient status of your soil, whether or not your soil requires lime or fertilizer and how much may be needed.

While nutrient deficient soils result in weak and stunted plants, applying too much fertilizer can also be detrimental – soil testing will help you save money by ensuring you’re only applying what you need to yield a quality forage.

Starting a wildlife food plot and not sure where to start? Check out these tips on establishing and maintaining a successful food plot and how leveraging soil testing can help determine where and what to plant.

Easy-to-understand report

You’ll receive a report that provides you with the eight key soil metrics essential for optimal food plot growth with fertilizer recommendations tailored to the type of plot you’re growing.

…and as one of the largest soil testing laboratories in the country, you benefit from the same professional grade analysis provided to farmers and agriculturists worldwide for the most accurate and reliable results.

Potassium | Phosphorus | Organic Matter | pH | Nitrate-nitrogen | Calcium | Magnesium | Cation Exchange Capacity


Test Kit


Order your PlotWise soil test kit

Check mail

Within 2 business days, we’ll ship out a PlotWise test kit in the mail.

Take samples

Pull a soil sample from your food plot according to the instructions provided

Mail sample

Mail your soil sample and completed form to our laboratory with the prepaid mailing label


Within 2-3 business days of your sample arriving to the lab, you’ll find your results delivered to your inbox!

Take action

Evaluate your results and consult with your local extension or fertilizer supplier for the proper application of nutrients. 



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Use a soil probe, or a small shovel

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For each sample walk in a random, zig-zag pattern through the plot

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Take 15 to 20 cores, or slices, of soil from the pasture to the depth of five to seven inches

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Remove large pieces of grass thatch, roots, stones, or debris from the soil sample

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Place all these subsamples in a clean plastic bucket and mix thoroughly to form a composite sample

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Remove enough soil from the composite sample to fill the soil sample bag

Testing with AgSource Laboratories

Your wildlife food plot soil test kit will include a sample bag, sampling instructions, sample submission form and prepaid postage for shipping. Once you’ve sent your sample in, it will be analyzed and you’ll receive your report with custom fertilizer and lime recommendations based on the type of food plot you are growing, or plan to grow.