In April 2021, we have renamed the lab to E. E. Cummings Crop Testing Laboratory at the University of Vermont in dedication to our former employee and friend, Erica E. Cummings, who helped establish the lab in 2011. The name change is official, and we do plan to have a dedication ceremony later this year. In honor of Erica, we have also created a web page called In Honor of Erica E. Cummings.

COVID-19 update related to the E. E. Cummings Crop Testing Laboratory.

As we are following the University of Vermont procedures regarding COVID-19, the E. E. Cummings Crop Testing Laboratory will remain open with our normal turnaround time for samples. Please email us at uvmgrain@uvm.edu if you have any questions.

Research Reports

Click here to view the extensive list of updated reports on Grains research, coming from the University of Vermont Northwest Crop and Soils Program.


Laboratory Testing

TheĀ E. E. Cummings Crop Testing Laboratory at the University of Vermont now includes malting barley analysis! View this website for the most updated sample submission forms.

When samples are submitted, please be sure to send along payment and completed sample submission forms:

For Grains

We test for test weight, moisture, protein, falling number, and DON in grains. We also conduct analyses for corn (% Moisture, % Crude Protein, % Crude Fiber, and % Starch).

Payment and a completed Submission Form must accompany all requests please. To expedite analysis of your sample(s), please provide a completed submission form(s) and payment with your sample(s). Also please make sure you provide 1 quart of clean (no stones and dirt) and dry (<14% moisture) whole grain for each sample submitted.

For Hops

Hops Quality analysis is available at the UVM Lab. We can test for Brewing Values (BV’s) which determines Alpha acids, Beta acids and Hops Storage Index (HSI).
Payment and a completed Submission Form must accompany all requests please. Please see our What’s Hoppening blog post for tips on submitting hop samples for quality analysis.

For Malting Barley

Malting Barley analysis is now available at the UVM Lab. We can test for test weight, grain moisture, dry matter protein, falling number, germination, plumpness and DON.
Payment and a completed Submission Form must accompany all requests please. Also please make sure you provide 1 quart of clean (no stones and dirt) and dry (<14% moisture) whole grain for each sample submitted.