Agricultural & Natural Resources

Upcoming Agriculture Events

Pesticide Certification Testing Dates for Montcalm and Newaygo Counties

To register for Pesticide Certification Testing anywhere in the State of Michigan, please go to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development website: 


Soil Tests
Thank you for your interest in soil testing. The soil testing procedure for, residential, agricultural, wildlife, and commercial soil analysis through MSU has undergone upgrades and changes. We now use a third party lab, but we do still offer the products and accept payment for services in the Extension office.

Field soil samples are $18 per sample (does NOT include postage)

Lawn & Garden kits are $26 per sample (includes postage)

MSU Diagnostic Testing

  • Insect, Plant, and Nematode Testing
    • We assist a wide variety of people experiencing problems with plants and pests.  There are many things that cause plant problems.  Our laboratory specializes in diagnosing problems caused by arthropods (insects, mites, ticks, etc.), pathogens (fungi, bacteria, viruses), and nematodes.

       Here are some of the samples we accept for diagnosis:

      • Plants or plant parts for insect, pathogen and nematode analysis
      • Insects, mites, ticks, spiders and other arthropods for identification
      • Soil and tissue samples for nematode analysis
      • Weeds and plants for identification

      Samples may be submitted to the lab by mail or you can drop samples off at our facility.  We will analyze the sample for a nominal fee and provide a diagnosis or identification of the problem as well as recommendations for control.  

For more information and testing prices, please follow this link to the MSU Diagnostic Laboratory website: 

MSU Variety Trials

For the most up-to-date MSU Variety Trial results for corn, soybeans, wheat and forage crops; please follow this link: