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Maine Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES)

The MAFES Analytical Laboratory and Maine Soil Testing Service is located in Deering Hall on the University of Maine campus. (driving direction)

We are available Monday through Friday between 8 and 5. We provide analytical services at reasonable prices to the public and to researchers.

We analyze soil, plant tissue, compost, manure, irrigation water, wood ash, fertilizers, organic residuals and other materials for nutrient content, organic matter, lead and other trace elements.

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Wintertime Testing

Thank you to all our customers for your great interest in our testing services during 2014. We matched or exceeded record sample numbers for soil, compost, and manure testing.

The easiest way to take advantage of our Soil Testing Winter Discount is to sample your soil before the ground freezes, set samples aside to air dry, and send them in between January 1 and February 28. During this period the charge for a Standard Soil Test is just $12.

For more information, click on Sample Information Form

High tunnel growers are already sampling ahead of late winter/early spring planting dates. High tunnel recommendations were substantially upgraded in 2014 to compensate for higher productivity and nutrient demand. Ongoing research will further refine these recommendations.