Google finds 504 places where "good, reliable soil test" has been used on this forum but I cannot find where it is described.
The linked site might be a pretty good one.
Here is a link that might be useful: Sample Soil tests
I would say it is a lab that follows the Albrecht model, others might say it is any land-grant U lab.
I agree, Pat.
Here is a link that might be useful: A Nice Read
If you like soil mineralizing you may find something here.,
Here is a link that might be useful: Body Minerals
I`ve been thinking of buying that soil minerals book wayne. I may see if i can get it at the library first. Does anybody here have it?
To me it implies sending a sample to a professional laboratory. Rather than buying an instant kit (which often don't work well or accurately), or smelling, tasting, or just looking at it, or dancing in a circle three times and sacrificing a chicken to get the answers.
I had a soil laboratory at university 1968 or so. I don't remember hearing "Albrecht" but reading a couple of websites that was apparently what I was taught back then.
So no chicken sacrifices then?
It's a free country so go right ahead! The chicken or any leftover parts are even compostable if done right. I'm just not recommending it for divining soil amendments. :-]
Check with your state universities Cooperative Extension Service office to see if they offer a soil test. Many do, some don't. Inexpensive, but reliable and your county horticultural agent should make recommendations about what might be needed based on the results.
If your state university does not there are others that will.