UW to close Madison Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory and consolidate services at Marshfield

The college recently announced plans to close its Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory on the west side of Madison and consolidate services at the Soil and Forage Analysis Laboratory located in Marshfield.

That consolidation would happen gradually over the next year and be completed by November 2015, says Richard Straub, CALS senior associate dean. The Madison lab will continue to process samples in the near term. In the longer term, the college will develop a plan for receiving samples in the Madison area and transporting them to the Marshfield lab to accommodate timely processing.

“It was difficult for us to make this decision, but by consolidating testing efforts at the Marshfield facility, we will be able to remain competitive,” says Straub. “The lab has made significant contributions to the practice and advancement of agricultural and environmental testing in the past several decades. Staff members at the SPAL facility are highly capable, and have provided high quality analyses for a range of clients over the years. This decision is strictly a financial one.”

The Madison Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory was established in 1913. The Marshfield Soil and Forage Analysis Lab was established in 1959. The labs provide analysis for soil, plants, forage, and manure. The Marshfield lab also fulfills a state mandate to certify the accuracy of the private sector laboratories testing soil.