UMass Soil and Plant Tussue Testing Laboratory

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Lab Hours and Information

The UMass Soil and Plant Nutrient 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


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 the lab via the US Postal Service, or a private carrier (i.e. UPS, FedEx, etc.).  Our address is:


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


Visit our Services page for a detailed list of analyses offered and current pricing.  Order forms for all services may be downloaded from the Ordering Information page.  Visit our Resources page for fact sheets, useful links, and other related information.


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



As of January 1, 2017, the UMass Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Laboratory will no longer be accepting orders for Comprehensive Compost Analysis or Basic Compost Analysis.   Due to budgetary constraints and facilities limitations this program is being discontinued.  All other services will be continue to be available.  It is only the compost program that is being discontinued.


Compost Analysis is currently being offered at the Agricultural Analytical Services Lab at PennState and the Analytical Lab and Maine Soil Testing Service.  Compost samples for analysis should be sent directly to these or other laboratories in the future.


We appreciate your past support of our compost program, and thank you for your understanding.

Turnaround Time for Routine Soil Analysis

The current turnaround time for Routine Soil Analysis is between 5-10 business days.  Turnaround time is dependent on the volume of orders received on any given day.


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


If your test results are long overdue, please contact 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, email the lab at 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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