University of Vermont

UVM Agricultural and Environmental Testing Lab

UVM's Agricultural and Environmental Testing Lab

The Testing Lab is in 262 Jeffords Hall.  We continue to offer soil and manure testing. We also provide analytical services for UVM and other researchers.



Mailing address:
Agricultural and Environmental Testing Lab
Jeffords Hall, Room 262
63 Carrigan Drive
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT  05405-1737

Joel Tilley has retired from UVM. Dan Needham is now the Testing Lab manager. You can reach him by email at .

Effective May 1, 2018, the fee for a Pre-Sidedress Nitrate Test (PSNT) will increase by $1 per sample, to $9. The $8 fee hasn't changed in many years, while our lab costs have increased.

There is a new version of the Vermont P Index. It can be downloaded from:

You may drop off your samples at the lab (Room 262 Jeffords Hall, on the main UVM Campus) instead of mailing them.
There is also a drop box inside the East entrance to Jeffords (facing the parking lot and the mountains). There is metered visitor parking at the south end of the lot, as well as some meters on the street near the water tower. After 3:30 PM, you can park anywhere in the lot (permit not required).  The testing lab office (Room 262) is on the second floor, in the northeast corner of the building (directly over the loading dock). The street address of Jeffords is 63 Carrigan Drive.

Soil test reports are generally ready to go out in the mail/email on the second Monday after the samples arrive at the lab, although during very busy times (April-May, November-December), or due to holidays, it may take a day or two longer.

All payments for lab testing must be by check or Money Order (no cash or credit cards), made out to “UVM” or “University of Vermont” only (not “AETL” or anything else—just "UVM"). Individuals should send payment with the samples; farms, businesses, schools, and town governments can be billed, just write "Please bill" on the submission form; if the billing address is different than the mailing address for the test report, please indicate it onthe right-hand address block of the submission form.

Soil Sample Kits are available from UVM Extension offices around the state, and from many Garden stores. However, you do not need a kit if you can print a form from our website. Just use any clean plastic bag for the sample (one-half cup to one cup is all we need). Put the samples in a mailing envelope or box. Include a check made out to UVM; the cost is $14 per sample (one bag = one sample).

We no longer offer testing for Compost, Plant Tissue (Foliar), or Greenhouse Media (SME) samples. The University of Maine Analytical Lab provides these tests (in a more rapid turnaround time than we have been able to meet). You can find their price lists and sample submission forms here.

When will my soil test results be ready?

We have updated our fertilizer recommendations for both field crops and vegetable/lawn/horticulture/fruit crops, and there are new sample submission forms (the old forms will still be accepted). Information for up to 10 samples will fit on the forms; please follow the instructions. There are also multi-field forms for up to 30 samples, but these do not have instructions--be sure you understand how to fill out the form before using these. All the forms may be downloaded--see the link on the right side of this web page.

North Bennington PFOA contamination issue:
The UVM Agricultural and Environmental Testing Lab cannot test water, soil, or compost for PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid). The Department of Environmental Conservation is developing a sampling plan for testing soil, and the Health Department is reviewing the science to help answer questions about any soil contamination. If PFOA is detected, the Health Department will evaluate the information to determine a health level of concern. Laboratories in Vermont are not equipped to test for PFOA. The Department of Environmental Conservation is sending drinking water samples from private wells to an out-of-state lab for this specialized testing. The public drinking water supplies in North Bennington and Bennington have been tested and are NOT affected.  For more information, see the DEC and Health Department websites:

Please see our frequently asked questions about soil testing (FAQs)

Soil testing: Available Tests and Pricing
(turn-around 9-14 days)

Manure testing: Available Tests and Pricing
(turn-around about 21 days)

Other tests: Available Tests and Pricing

Last modified July 13 2018 08:44 AM

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