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Improving Soil Testing Services and Fertilizer Usage for Urban Communities

Study Author: Dr. Carl Rosen, University of Minnesota
Years of study: 2020
Location: n/a

Important: for the complete report, including all tables and figures, please download using the links to the right.


The soil testing laboratory is part of the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources. Our recommendations are based on laboratory results, soil characteristics, crop history, crop nutrient requirements and are specific to Minnesota locations and conditions. With over 100 tests available, our goals are to provide a high level of analytical precision, quality, and accuracy, with timely results, to every client, for every sample tested.

Test data for 1000+ requests for soil tests have been entered into the new system to verify accuracy and performance. During validation, remaining issues are being dealt with on a case-by-case basis. The billing and accounting systems have been tested and are functional. A new pricing mechanism is being built into the system to allow for future price adjustments.

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