Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory
The Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory analyzes soil, plant, water, manure, compost and greenhouse media. The laboratory provides quality testing and unbiased, research-based recommendations to clients for economically viable and environmentally safe nutrient management practices.
The fee-based services are available to farmers, homeowners, vegetable and fruit growers, lawn and landscape specialists, golf course managers, consultants, researchers and government agencies.
The services that we offer include:
- Analyzing soil for nutrient content and fertility status
- Providing recommendations for economical, environmentally safe and balanced fertilizer and lime applications
- Special soil tests for nutrient management plans and for addressing environmental issues
- Analyzing potting mixes for nursery growers
- Analyzing plant tissue for field crops, ornamentals, vegetables, fruits and turfs
- Compost testing
- Manure analysis
- Water testing for domestic, irrigation, poultry and livestock suitability
Videos about understanding and using soil test reports
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News & articles
- Published: Thursday, May 19, 2022
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Quality landscapes begin with quality topsoil.Topsoil is the top 3-10 inches of the soil. Most surface soils have higher organic matter content than subsoil, but not all surface soil is ideal for gardens or lawns, says Manjula ...
- Published: Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Farmers understand fertilizer prices fluctuate with time. “We are living through a substantial shift in potassium and phosphorus prices, from low prices in the 2020 growing season to the highest prices in the past decade for ...
- Published: Monday, Oct. 18, 2021
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The best time to test for soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is right after soybean harvest, says University of Missouri Extension plant pathologist Kaitlyn Bissonnette. Missouri farmers can submit two free tests to SCN Diagnostics ...
- Published: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. – For now, the University of Missouri Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory remains open.“We understand the essential role the lab plays in supporting Missouri's agricultural industry,” said Robert Kallenbach, MU Extension senior ...
Publication date: Aug. 15, 2022
Figure 1Bermudagrass makes excellent warm-season pasture. Facts at a glanceOriginSoutheast AfricaAdaptation to MissouriSouthern third of the stateOver-wintering abilityFair to good in southern MissouriGrowth habitSod-forming perennial grass that ...
Publication date: July 6, 2022
This form provides options for testing soil samples for a variety of specific nutrient levels and soil attributes.TopicsSoilFertilizerPlantGardensLawnsCropsSeedNutrientsPages1
Publication date: June 21, 2022
We can test your water for irrigation, domestic, poultry or livestock suitability or run specific individual tests. Water analysis can be used to determine suitability for several purposes, such as for homeowners, irrigation or for use by livestock ...
Publication date: June 21, 2022
This form is intended to provide another level of detailed testing for water analysis. The testing packages in this form target specific nutrients to provide a more complete picture of the water quality for a particular ...
Publication date: June 30, 2022
When submitting a sample to the lab the sample information form should be filled out accurately for the lab to properly interpret the plant analysis. Send the original form with the plant sample(s) and retain a copy for your records. See specific ...
Publication date: April 14, 2022
This publication describes the methods used by the MU Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory to provide soil test interpretations and fertilizer recommendations for residential lawns and gardens (including vegetable and flower gardens). These guidelines ...
Video about soil pH and salinity management (for commercial horticulture) by Juan Cabrera-Garcia, Field Specialist in Horticulture.
Learn how to do soil sampling and see the process for having samples tested.
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Use this MU Extension Lawn Fertilizer Calculator to estimate the coverage area and application rate.
Articles on gardening and horticulture from the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.