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 laboratory analyzes about 25,000 to 35,000 field crop (farm) soil samples, 5,000 to 7,000 horticultural crop (lawn and garden) soil samples and 1,000 commercial fruits, vegetables and turf soil samples each year.
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
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News & articles
- Published: Thursday, May 16, 2019
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Mulching is a time-honored spring chore that keeps unwanted weeds from taking away from the beauty of flowers, trees and shrubs. Mulch cools the soil, saves moisture, controls weeds and provides a unifying effect in the ...
- Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
ROCHEPORT, Mo. – Grape growers can meet with one of the world’s leading viticulture scientists as part of the fourth annual Missouri Grape Growers Association Viticulture Field Day and Missouri Vintners Association meeting. The event kicks off ...
- Published: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension researchers are among the recipients of a new five-year, $4.34 million grant from USDA to study water and nutrient recycling, says MU Extension agricultural engineer Teng Lim.The grant, “Water and ...
- Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension introduced a new mobile app to identify herbicide injury at its annual Pest Management Field Day on July 10. MU Extension weed specialist Mandy Bish says Herbicide Injury ID lets users send photos ...
Publication date: Sept. 1, 2014
This form is for homeowners and small commercial business owners who need to take and ship samples to the MU Extension Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory, http://soilplantlab.missouri.edu/soil. To have your vegetable garden, flower garden or lawn ...
Publication date: Sept. 1, 2014
This form is for those who grow commercial fruits, vegetables and turfs. To have your soil analyzed by the MU Extension Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory, http://soilplantlab.missouri.edu/soil/, follow the sampling instructions and guidelines to ...
Publication date: Sept. 1, 2002
At left, modern aerial photographs show true-color images of crop canopies and signs of soil variability.Remote sensing for agriculture can be defined simply as "observing a field or crop without touching it." Although remote sensing can be as simple ...
Publication date: Oct. 1, 2012
For more than a century, soil and plant scientists have been developing methods for determining the levels of plant-available nutrients in soils.Over the past 30 years, the NCR-13 Soil Testing and Plant Analysis committee members have worked hard at ...
Publication date: Nov. 1, 2018
To make efficient use of fertilizer nutrients in manure, nutrient levels must be determined by laboratory analysis. This publication outlines methods for obtaining and interpreting laboratory analyses of manure.What analyses should be run on the ...
Publication date: Nov. 1, 1998
The Missouri Soil Test Report is an important tool for making management decisions for crop and forage production. This guide will help you understand the soil test report and make the results more useful for your farming operation. Figure 1Sample ...