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Missouri Soil Testing Association accreditation program

Missouri state approved labs

Based on all four quarters, 2013

  • Custom Laboratory Inc.
    204 C St.
    Golden City, MO 64748
    Telephone: 417-537-8337
    Fax: 417-537-8337
  • Delta Soil Testing Lab
    University of Missouri
    PO Box 160
    Portageville, MO 63873
    Telephone: 573-379-5431
    Fax: 573-379-3383
  • MU Soil and Plant Testing Lab
    University of Missouri
    23 Mumford Hall
    Columbia, MO 65211
    Telephone: 573-882-3250
    Fax: 573-884-4288
  • Perry Agricultural Lab
    PO Box 418
    State Highway 54 East
    Bowling Green, MO 63334
    Telephone: 573-324-2931
    Fax: 573-324-5558

Georgia

  • Waters Agricultural Laboratories, Inc.
    257 Newton Highway
    PO Box 382, Camilla, GA 31730
    Telephone: 229-336-7216 
    Fax: 229-336-0977

Illinois

  • Ingrams Soil Testing Center
    13343 Fitschen Road
    Athens, IL 62613
    Telephone: 217-636-7500
    Fax: 217-636-7500
  • SGS-Toulon Labs
    117 E. Main
    Toulon, IL 61483
    Telephone: 309-286-2761
    Fax: 309-286-2761

Indiana

  • A&L Great Lakes Laboratory, Inc.
    3505 Conestoga Drive
    Fort Wayne, IN 46808
    Telephone: 260-483-4759
    Fax: 260-483-5274

Iowa

  • A&L Heartland Laboratory, Inc.
    111 Linn St.
    Atlantic, IA 50022
    Telephone: 901-213-2400
    Fax: 901-213-2440
  • Ag Source Laboratories
    1532 Dewitt
    Ellsworth, IA 50075 Tel: 515-836-4444
    Fax: 515-836-4541

Kentucky

  • Waters Agricultural Laboratory, Inc.
    2101 Old Calhoun Road
    Owensboro, KY 42301
    Telephone: 270-685-4039
    Fax: 270-685-3989

Minnesota

  • MVTL Laboratories Inc.-New Ulm
    1126 North Front St.
    New Ulm, MN 56073-0249
    Telephone: 507-354-8517
    Fax: 507-359-2890

Nebraska

  • AgSource Harris Laboratories
    300 Speedway Circle #2
    Lincoln NE 68502
    Telephone :402-476-0300
    Fax: 402-476-0302
  • Midwest Laboratories, Inc.
    13611 B St.
    Omaha, NE 68144-3693
    Telephone: 402-334-7770
    Fax: 402-334-9121
  • Olsen's Agricultural Laboratory
    210 East First St.
    PO Box 370
    McCook, NE 69001
    Telephone: 308.345.3670
    Fax: 308-345-7880
  • Ward Laboratories
    4007 Cherry Ave.
    PO Box 788
    Kearney, NE 68848
    Telephone: 308-234-2418
    Fax: 308-234-1940

Ohio

  • Brookside Laboratories, Inc.
    200 White Mountain Drive
    New Bremen, OH 45869
    Telephone: 419-977-2766
    Fax: 419-977-2767
  • Spectrum Analytical
    1087 Jamison Road
    PO Box 639
    Washington Court House, OH 43160
    Telephone: 740-335-1562
    Fax: 740-335-1104

Tenessee

  • A&L Analytical Laboratories, Inc.
    2790 Whitten Road
    Memphis, TN 38133
    Telephone: 901-213-2400
    Fax: 901-213-2440

Wisconsin

  • Ag Source Cooperative Services
    106 N. Cecil St.
    PO Box 7
    Bonduel, WI 54107
    Telephone: 715-758-2178
    Fax: 715-758-2620

The Missouri Soil Testing Association Accreditation Program (MSTA) is designed to assure that results provided by participating public and private labs serving the citizens of Missouri agree with allowable statistical limits. Based on this premise, soil test results from MSTA approved labs will be accepted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Beginning in 1999, MSTA combined its efforts with the North American Proficiency Testing Program (NAPT). The NAPT coordinator sends soil test data from the labs participating in MSTA program to the state coordinator.

The MU Soil Testing Lab director serves as the state program coordinator and performs statistical analysis of the data as specified in the MSTA program. If a lab's results fall within the allowable limits, the lab will be placed on the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) list of approved labs. A lab that is not accredited may re-apply after six months.

Approval procedures for MSTA labs

The labs that wish to participate in the MSTA program should send a formal written request to the director of the University of Missouri Soil Testing Laboratory. They also need to request the NAPT coordinator to send results to the MSTA program coordinator.

Participating labs must use procedures of the Missouri Soil Testing Program in current use as described in MU Extension publication EC923, Soil Testing in Missouri (PDF).

The lab will be approved for routine soil tests:

  • Bray-I P; ammonium acetate extractable K, Ca, and Mg
  • Organic matter
  • pH in 0.01 M CaCl2
  • Neutralizable acidity (using the Woodruff Buffer test)

Standard pH 7.0 and pH 4.0 buffers must be used to calibrate all pH meters.

It is suggested each laboratory set up two or more internal check samples. One of these checks should be included with each twenty or thirty soil samples. A log of the results of the check samples should be maintained.

The MSTA coordinator will receive results from the NAPT program coordinator on the recommended tests and do the statistical evaluation.

Approval criteria for MSTA labs

The MSTA program uses the median and median absolute deviation (MAD) as used by the NAPT program as robust estimations of central values and variances of all data sets. This statistical approach is less sensitive to influence of extreme values (outliers) than the mean and standard deviation. The MSTA summary report lists the median and MAD values and the lab data. If the lab's data falls outside the range of +2.5x MAD (it is marked as Low or High) and considered to be out of the allowable limit. If the lab data falls outside the limits of +3.5x MAD they are marked as outliers.

Test results of 75 percent of the samples must fall within the above allowable limits for each test. Upon meeting these criteria a letter will be sent to FSA to add the requesting lab to the list of approved labs in Missouri.

If the lab fails the lab director may discuss with the MU Soil Testing Lab director ways to solve problems at the expense of the requesting lab.

Updated 5/15/14