About Barry County

Welcome to the Barry County MSU Extension web page.  We hope you are able to find the information and resources you need here.  If you have any questions or need help finding anything, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Services Available

Toll Free Lawn and Garden Hotline: 1-888-678-3464 (1-888-MSUE-4MI)

Staffed by MSU Extension consumer horticulture educators and Master Gardener volunteers, the hotline is open weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Select option “1” to speak directly with a gardening expert.

Soil Testing

Home Soil Testing Kits are available at Barry MSU Extension office to purchase for $25.  You can also order them online from MSUE Bookstore.  The kit includes instructions for collecting soil samples, a mailer and the information forms to fill out.  Soil sample results are usually emailed (or mailed) three to five days after they are received in the soil testing lab.

Commercial soil sample boxes are $12 each.  Information forms and boxes can be purchased from the Barry MSU Extension office.  

Click here for instructions on how to properly collect and submit soil samples.


Extension Educational bulletins / publications are sold in the Barry MSU Extension office, however, best to call ahead for availability of bulletin you are looking for.  You can also research and order bulletins at our MSUE Bookstore Publications.