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Microbial Water Testing

Kansas State University and the University of Missouri continue to offer free microbial water testing to all fruit and vegetable growers in KS and MO, even in light of the COVID-19 situation. We can provide this free testing until our generous grant funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (grant 2019-70020-30358) runs out.

 

 

For Kansas growers, please contact Cal Jamerson at agri@ksu.edu or Londa Nwadike lnwadike@ksu.edu if you need water sample bottles and we can send you some.
We can once again accept samples at our labs in either Olathe or Manhattan, Kansas.

Samples need to be received on ice and within 24 hours of the sample being taken. Please contact Dr. Valentina Trinetta at vtrinetta@ksu.edu if you are planning to send samples to Manhattan or Dr. Manreet Bhullar at msbhullar@ksu.edu for Olathe to coordinate sample receiving logistics. More information on collecting water samples and how to submit them in Kansas is available in the following documents:

For Missouri growers, water sample kits can be obtained from most local public health departments in Missouri, as well as in some other locations throughout Missouri. Samples can be returned to most local public health departments in Missouri (on ice, within 24 hours of taking the sample). Due to the COVID-19 situation, please contact your local public health department before going to their office to pick up bottles or drop off samples to confirm their procedures and hours of operation. More information on collecting water samples and how to submit them in Missouri is available in the following documents: