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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.

All onsite work at the Soil & Plant Nutrient Testing Lab has been temporarily suspended due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.  We are not accepting new samples for analysis at this time. 

Current turnaround time is not known. 

Analysis for orders logged in 3/9/20 - 3/13/20 was in process when onsite services were suspended. 

Orders received after March 13th are being held at the lab until onsite work can resume.

The lab staff is currently working remotely. 

For questions regarding interpretation of past analyses, guidance on lime and fertilizer recommendations, status of current orders or other related topics, please email the lab at


Additional information on turnaround time


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