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Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Laboratory
Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Laboratory

Why Test Soil?

Here are five good reasons!

  • Nutrient levels - Test results provide you with soil nutrient levels and fertilizer recommendations when needed.
  • Soil Acidity - Soil pH and exchangeable acidity are measured for the determination of lime requirements.
  • Environmental Protection - Test results identify areas with excess nutrients that can pollute local waterways.
  • Economics - You buy soil amendments only when needed, avoiding unnecessary spending.
  • Health - Soil testing can help protect you and your family by alerting you to elevated levels of lead or other toxic heavy metals.

Soil tests do not identify plant growth problems associated with soil drainage, insects, plant diseases (whether soil-borne or not), weeds, winter injury or the misuse of pesticides.

 

The UMass Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Lab is located in Paige Laboratory, 161 Holdsworth Way, Amherst, MA.

For additional information not found on this website, call the UMass Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Lab at (413) 545-2311.

Get a Soil Test!

Current turnaround time for Routine Soil Analysis is between 5-10 business days.

Turnaround time for other media such as Plant Tissue or Total Sorbed Metals testing is currently 10-15 business days.

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