Office Services

Educational Bulletins and Publications

 We have many publications, manuals, and bulletins in our office. You can also search for and order bulletins at our MSU Extension Bookstore Publications Website:(

Commercial Soil Testing

We have Soil test kits in our office. The MSU Soil Lab is an essential university function. All completed samples will be processed, however, the office and building are closed. You may pick up your sample kits in the office or your sample can be submitted in a zip-type sandwich bags as commercial soil boxes for sample collection cannot be ordered online. You can print our information sheets off of our website at: or There is a cart outside the Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory campus building on the loading dock if you wish to drop-off samples. 

Or you may mail your samples to:

Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory
Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Plant and Soil Sciences Building
1066 Bogue Street, Room A81
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1325

Test results will be interpreted by an agricultural Extension educator. To understand your soil test results go online at the MSU Soil (

Home, Yard and Garden

Toll-Free Lawn and Garden Hotline: 1-888-678-3464 (1-888-MSUE-4MI)

  • PLEASE NOTE: Hotline is staffed by MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Educators and Master Gardener volunteers and may not be available during the pandemic restrictions.
  • Locally, the Kalamazoo County Master Gardener Helpline can be contacted by email:

Home Soil Test Kit

Available to purchase the postage paid kit in office or online at MSU Extension Bookstore - Bulletin E-3154  Note:  You must provide an email address as results will be sent directly to you via email.  If you would like help interpreting test results, call our statewide Lawn and Garden Helpline at 1-888-678-3464, option 1

Pesticide Applicator Program;  Certification, Training, Exams and Manuals

Certification and Training 

Note: Certification deadline has been extended for many applicators.

Manuals for Certification Training

  • Are available in your local office (please call for availability)
  • Can also be purchased at MSU Extension Bookstore.


Food Preservation: Pressure Cooker Gauge Testing

Testing of canner gauges or lids is available by appointment. Call 269-383-8830 or email to set up an appointment.