UMass Soil and Plant Tussue Testing Laboratory

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Lab Hours and Information

The UMass Soil and Plant Tissue Testing Laboratory is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Orders being hand delivered should be dropped off in the Soil Lab Office in Room 203 of Paige Laboratory.


Holiday Hours: The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus and the lab will be closed Thursday, December 25th, as well as Tuesday, December 30th, Wednesday the 31st, and Thursday, January 1st


The lab will be open regular hours on all other days during this two-week period (December 22 - January 2).  Turnaround time for test results may take longer due to the holiday closure. 


Happy Holidays to you and your family!


If you need to contact the lab, we can be reached by phone at 413-545-2311, or by email at  Orders may be sent to our new address via the US Postal Service, or a private carrier (i.e. UPS or FedEx).  Orders sent to our old address (682 North Pleasant Street) will automatically be forwarded to the lab.  Our new address is:


                UMass Soil and Plant Tissue Testing Lab
                203 Paige Laboratory
                161 Holdsworth Way
                Amherst, MA  01003


Fees for service were increased recently in order to keep up with the cost of laboratory operations.  This increase allows us to continue to provide accurate and timely test results, as well as provide for the maintenance and upkeep of analytical equipment.


Current fees are listed on our Services page.  Additionally, order forms have been updated to include the new pricing.  New order forms can be downloaded from the Ordering Information page.


Your patronage is greatly appreciated.  We look forward to providing for your future nutrient management and soil health needs.

Turnaround time for samples

Turnaround time for Routine Soil Analysis is currently 3-6 business days from the time samples are received.  Test results for other media such as compost, plant tissue, or metals testing may take 2-3 weeks.  Check back here for more information if your test results are taking longer than anticipated.


If your soil test results are long overdue, please call or email us!  Occasionally, emailed soil test results get mistaken for Spam, and are deleted unseen by the customer.  If you think this may have happened with your test results, let us know and we can re-send your results.  Otherwise, we appreciate your patience and will do our best to get your results to you a quickly as possible.

Payment Policy

All orders for Soil, Compost, Plant Tissue, and/or Greenhouse Media testing must be accompanied with payment. Samples received without payment will be held for two weeks before being discarded.
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