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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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Attention High Tunnel Growers

Uncovered soil in a high tunnel will wick and accumulate nutrient salts at the surface, even in the winter. A shallow sample can have levels 5 to 10 times higher than just a few inches down! Be sure to sample beds from the surface down to a full 8 inch depth. This will better represent your true fertility level after reworking your beds prior to planting.

Our Basic High Tunnel package includes a complete analysis of available nutrient levels, pH, organic matter, and an important check on salt buildup. Recommendations are designed to feed the greater nutrient demand in your highly productive high tunnel

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