Welcome to the Soil Testing Laboratory

  • $3 million renovation begins 2017 to stay the best in the business.
  • How does your garden grow? Get a soil test and make the most out of your growing season
  • Right tools for the job

The University of Minnesota Soil Testing Laboratory is part of the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate. We provide high quality testing services to the public, Universities, private companies, as well as State and Federal Agencies. 

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We will be closed on Monday, January 16th for Martin Luther King Day.

2017 Renovation: Please see this page for details on our services during a major renovation beginning in February 2017. 

Out-of-State Samples: We can accept some out-of-state samples depending on location. Soils from states immediately bordering MN can be submitted. For other states, please email soiltest@umn.edu with your state and county for approval prior to submitting samples. 

For more complex, research appropriate analysis and testing services, please visit the Research Analytical Laboratory website. 


Lawn & Garden:  $17 per sample

Agricultural:  $15 per sample

Greenhouse Media (Standard Test):  $20 per sample

Water (used for irrigation, NOT drinking)

  • Standard Test: $25 per sample
  • Basic Test: $20 per sample
  • Optional Test: $10 per sample

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