Agvise to Rebuild After Tornado

Fall soil testing turnaround may be affected.

The tornado that destroyed much of Northwood, N.D., last Sunday also hit Agvise – one of the region's largest soil testing labs.

Agvise has announced it will rebuild.

According to Dave Franzen, NDSU soil specialists, who has been in touch with Agvise staff, the company will be has salvaged equipment so that they can be drying and grinding soil samples in about a week. It will send samples to its Benson, Minn., office to be processed.

It may take longer to get results back, Franzen warned in a email.

"I think that there is enough customer loyalty that many of their customers will be much more patient in turn-around time for samples than normal and stick with them," he said. "Others may be under pressure to keep turn-around times short and will search out other testing options. I have visited with our lab people at NDSU and asked them to be prepared for more samples than usual, and they have lined up additional help if need be. Other labs are no doubt doing the same."

Agvise expects it take nearly a year to rebuild the Northwood facility

"Agvise is an important part of soil testing in general and especially the large amount of site- specific sampling conducted in the region," Franzen said. "It was good news to hear that they will rebuild."

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