Renovation

**All pending "Lawn & Garden" and "Farm & Field" tests will be completed after the move. We hope it will not take longer than 1 month, although we cannot make any guartantees at this time until things have settled in.**

In mid-to-late August, many parts of our lab will begin moving back to our newly-renovated space. Turnaround times will be increased for many tests, although we do not anticipate it affecting our florist testing service. If you have a question about our services please don't hesitate to call 612-625-3101 or email soiltest@umn.edu (routine soil testing) or ral@umn.edu (research tests). 

Fun Facts

  • The building was built in 1961, and was originally named the Plant Science Building.
  • By 1970, the original ~2600 square feet was not large enough to accommodate the Soil Testing and (separate) Research Analytical operations.
  • In early 1971, more space was allocated for Bob Munter's Soil Testing Lab, adding another ~1200 square feet.
  • By the end of 1977, the combined lab space was increased to ~4300 square feet.
  • In the early to mid-1980's the labs were combined into STRAL, under Munter's watch, to eliminate duplication of services and effort, and streamline the entire operation.  Munter re-imagined some of the space, obtained used casework from the medical school, and laid out the footprint and operational structure of the lab(s), which was largely intact and untouched until now. 

 

Tests that are TEMPORARILY down include:

-Liming material analyses

-Textural analysis (% sand, silt, and clay)

-Cation exchange capacity (both methods)

-There is a delay on the dry ash multielement analysis until the new furnace is installed. Check in with us on updates as needed.

 

From the 1960s to State-of-the-Art

Remodeling work on lab space
Picture of construction plans

A better plan for our clients

The remodel will significantly improve technology, capacticy, and safety all while ensuring the most reliable and accurate test for our clients.