Back to top
Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Laboratory

Turnaround Time for Routine Soil Analysis

Current turnaround time for ROUTINE SOIL ANALYSIS is 8-12 business days from receipt* of samples in the lab. Unless your test results are long overdue, please check this page periodically for updates rather than contacting the lab, as responding to inquiries leaves less time for processing samples. 

*Please note that this does not include holidays, shipping time, or time for UMass Campus Mail to deliver samples to the lab. Campus Mail delivery only takes place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday due to pandemic restrictions.

Please DO NOT send soil or plant tissue samples for these analyses: TOTAL SORBED METALS TEST, GREENHOUSE MEDIA ANALYSIS, PLANT TISSUE NUTRIENT ANALYSIS, PRE-SIDEDRESS SOIL NITRATE TEST.  Information will be updated here once we are able to assess our ability to process these samples at current staffing levels.

If you wish to contact the lab regarding interpretation of past analyses, guidance on lime and fertilizer recommendations or other related information, please email

We are operating with reduced staffing and appreciate your patience and understanding.

Last updated: 9/22/20.