UMass Soil and Plant Tussue Testing Laboratory

Services

Soil


Routine Soil Analysis ...............................................................................$ 15.00

Analysis includes pH, exchangeable acidity, extractable nutrients (P, K, Ca, Mg, Fe, Mn, Zn, Cu, B,  S), extractable lead (Pb), extractable aluminum (Al), cation exchange capacity, and base saturation, as well as crop specific lime and nutrient recomendations.

Optional Additional Soil Analysis

Soil Organic Matter .........................................................................$  6.00

Determination of soil organic matter by loss on ignition on samples submitted for routine soil analysis.

Soluble Salts....................................................................................$  6.00

Includes a measure of the electrical conductivity of a 1:2 (soil:water) extract on samples submitted for routine soil analysis.

Soil Nitrate ......................................................................................$  6.00

Includes a measure of the soil nitrate using an ion specific electrode on samples submitted for routine soil analysis.

Pre-sidedress Soil Nitrate Test .................................................................$  8.00

Commonly performed at the pre-sidedress growth stage for field corn and select vegetable crops. See submission form for specific sampling procedures.

Comprehensive Soil Texture .................................................................. $ 80.00

A determination of USDA textural classification by combined hydrometer analysis of silt and clay, and dry sieving of sand. Results list percentages of sand, silt and clay, as well as sub-fractions of silt and clay.  U.S. Standard Sieves used: No. 10, 18, 35, 60, 140, and 270.

Optional Testing:
Grain Size Distribution Curve ........................................................$ 10.00

Graphical representation of grain size distribution (Graph may be added on to Comprehensive Particle Size Analysis only.)

Extra Sieves....................................................................................$ 10.00

Up to 4 sieves may be added to the Comprehensive Particle Size Analysis.  Available sieves are U.S. Standard Sieves 1", 3/4", 1/2", 3/8", #4, #40, #50, #100, and #200.  Contact the lab when requesting additional sieves.

Report based on Percent of Sample Passing the 2mm Sieve..........No charge

Contact the lab to receive results in this format.

Basic Particle Size Analysis.......................................................................$ 50.00

A determination of USDA textural classification by hydrometer method.  Results list percentages of sand, silt, and clay only, as well as MA Title V Textural Class.  This test is intended for mineral soils with less than 20% organic matter.

Title V Sand Determination.......................................................................$ 60.00

A determination of MA Title V Sand for new septic construction using U.S. Standard Sieves No. 4, 50, 100, and 200.

                 Optional Testing may be added on to Comprehensive Particle Size Analysis only.

Prepaid Soil Test Kits

Prepaid Soil Test Kits are sold in bundles of 50 at a 10% discount.  To order, please send a completed order form and check or money order made out to the University of Massachusetts.  Numbered order forms with corresponding zip-lock bags and return envelopes will be sent via the US Postal Service.  Order forms for Prepaid Kits may be found on the Ordering Information page.

 

Soilless Greenhouse Media


Saturated Media Extract (SME) Test .........................................................$ 15.00

Provides pH of water saturated media, electrical conductivity and nutrient content (Nitrate-N, Ammonium-N, P, K, Ca, Mg, Zn, B, Mn, Cu, and Fe)

Optional Additional Greenhouse Media Analysis

Soil Organic Matter..........................................................................$  6.00

Additional Elements, Sulfur and Sodium..........................................$  5.00

Determination of organic matter by loss on ignition

Saturated Media pH and Electrical Conductivity only.................................$  8.00

 

Compost


Comprehensive Compost Test .................................................................$ 60.00

Using U.S. Composting Council methods, the following results are provided: pH; electrical conductivity; bulk density; percent solids and moisture content; organic matter; total nitrogen; organic nitrogen; nitrate and ammonium nitrogen; total carbon; carbon to nitrogen ratio; total phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium.  Results reported on a dry weight basis, a moist weight basis, and a moist volume basis (where applicable).

Optional Additional Comprehensive Compost Testing

Micronutrients .................................................................................$  5.00

Total boron, zinc, copper and iron are reported on a dry weight basis (mg/kg)

Metals .............................................................................................$ 10.00

Total lead, nickel, chromium and cadmium are reported on a dry weight basis (mg/kg)

Basic Compost Test ..................................................................................$ 30.00

Using U.S. Compost Council methods, the following results are provided: pH; electrical conductivity; bulk density; percent solids and moisture content; organic matter; total nitrogen, total carbon; and carbon to nitrogen ratio.

 

Plant Tissue


Plant Tissue Test (with Nitrogen) .............................................................$ 30.00

A determination of the total tissue P, K, Ca, Mg, Na, Zn, Cu, Mn, Fe, and B. Analysis by ICP spectrometry of dry-ashed sample in 10% HCl . Also included is total Nitrogen by catalytic combustion.

Plant Tissue Test (without Nitrogen) .........................................................$ 22.00

A determination of the total tissue P, K, Ca, Mg, Na, Zn, Cu, Mn, Fe, and B. Analysis by ICP spectrometry of dry-ashed sample in 10% HCl .

Corn Stalk Nitrate Test ..............................................................................$ 12.00

A determination of the end of season stalk nitrate concentration for field corn. The test is a reliable end-of-season indicator of crop N status.

Note: Plant tissue tests offered by the UMass Soil and Plant Tissue Laboratory provide nutrient analysis only.  They do not diagnose problems caused by insects, disease or other environmental factors. For disease or insect diagnosis, please contact the UMass Plant Diagnostic Laboratory at 413-545-3208.

 

Metals


Total Sorbed Metals Test............................................................................$ 55.00

This test determines the total sorbed levels of lead, nickel, cadmium, chromium, zinc, and copper in soils, compost, or plant tissue using the EPA methods 3050B and 6010.  Additional metals, arsenic, selenium, and molybdenum may be added to Total Sorbed Metals test for $5.00 per element.

 

Research


Research orders are processed as time permits.  Orders with a large number of samples should be submitted during our slow period (December through February). Contact the lab before submitting research samples for analysis.  Other tests may be available upon consultation and prior arrangement with the soil testing lab.


Materials processed by researcher
Elemental analysis by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission
Spectroscopy (ICP-AES) of extracts: ...............................................................$2.00 per element per sample.  Please contact the lab to discuss methodology.
 
Routine Soil Test
Soils dried and processed with #10 (2mm) sieve ..........................................$12.00
 
Plant Tissue Analysis including Total Nitrogen
Plant tissue dried in 80oC oven, and milled with 40-mesh screen.................$24.00
 
Plant Tissue Analysis without Total Nitrogen
Plant tissue dried in 80oC oven, and milled with 40-mesh screen.................$18.00
 
Particle Size Analysis – Basic test (sand, silt and clay only)
Soils dried and processed with #10 (2mm) sieve...........................................$30.00
 
Total Carbon
Determination of Total Carbon by catalytic combustion of processed materials
(as described above)......................................................................................$ 8.00
 
Total Nitrogen
Determination of Total Nitrogen by catalytic combustion of processed materials
(as described above)......................................................................................$ 8.00
 
Elemental analysis of water samples
Elemental analysis by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission
Spectroscopy (ICP-AES) in water: ..................................................................$  2.00 per element per sample.  Please contact the lab to discuss methodology.
 
Nitrate (NO3-N) in water...............................................................................$10.00
 

NOTE: Other tests may be available upon consultation and prior arrangement with the soil testing lab.