Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory
The Soil and Plant Nutrient lab continues to operate as normal during this time and results are going out within 10 days of receipt.
Customers unable to secure soil test boxes from their county Extension offices due to closures related to COVID-19, can mail their samples in ziplock bags direct to the lab. Print off the information sheet from the website to accompany the samples along with a check made out to MSU for the correct amount from the fee schedule.
MSU Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory (SPNL) operates as an integral part of Michigan State University providing support to teaching, research and extension programs. The SPNL offers a variety of analytical services on samples of soil, greenhouse growth media, composts, plant tissue, water and other materials related to the growing of plants (crops) received from commercial and part-time farmers, greenhouse operations, golf courses, homeowners, consultants, researchers, and others.
Many county extension operations use soil and plant tissue testing as the foundation for extension programs with their various clientele groups. Researchers in many departments within MSU and other universities have the SPNL analyze soil, plant and water samples as part of their research programs.
The SPNL reaches out to the general public through educational displays and presentations at expositions, conferences and meetings of organizations. Numerous groups tour the SPNL facilities throughout the year. Educational presentations and tours of the SPNL are part of five courses taught in the department of Horticulture and Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences.