UW Soil and Forage Analysis Lab moves to WSLH

By Jori Skalitzky, UW–Madison CALS Office of External Relations

Multiple small square boxes holding dried and ground soil samples.

Organized soil samples are seen after being dried and ground, before undergoing nutrient or organic matter testing. Photo by Michael P. King/UW–Madison CALS

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Soil and Forage Analysis Lab, a trusted resource for soil testing services utilized by farmers, gardeners, researchers and others, has moved to a new home — physically and administratively. Formerly housed at the university’s Marshfield Agricultural Research Station in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the lab is now part of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) and located in a WSLH facility in Madison, Wisconsin.

“The Soil and Forage Analysis Lab is a great addition to the State Lab of Hygiene, as we already offer a wide variety of tests related to public and environmental health, primarily focusing on water and air,” says Jamie Schauer, WSLH director and professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW–Madison. “This addition will serve as an engine to drive research and promote activity in the space of soil, with the big-picture goal of studying and supporting a healthy environment.”

The WSLH, established in 1903, is part of UW­–Madison and serves as the state’s official public, environmental and occupational health laboratory. It provides analytical services, research and development, public health programs, laboratory proficiency testing, and training and education of students and professionals.

The Soil and Forage Analysis Lab offers a suite of soil testing packages, including for farm, lawn and garden, turfgrass and forest soils. It also offers a wide variety of individual tests, quantifying single compounds or nutrients found in soil, forage, manure and plants.

Learn more at – https://news.cals.wisc.edu/2022/12/05/uw-soil-and-forage-analysis-lab-moves-to-wisconsin-state-lab-of-hygiene/