Fungus on Wood Chips

This past few week, I have seen this nuisance fungus/mold very similar to the picture in this post. At first I thought it was the neighbors dog, but after some research I realized it was a fungus that keeps appearing. The reason for this fungus have been the increased moisture in the air and moderate

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I need my lab results today | Rush Analysis

In today’s society there is a premium on time. At Midwest Laboratories we understand this need. Companies and consumers across the country use the analysis results provided at Midwest Laboratories for different reasons. Here is a list of some common reasons: Analysis results needed for current production process. Waiting on results to proceed further. Changed

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Strawberry Harvesting is a little late for 2013

Check out this story regarding strawberry harvest. Cold, wet and rainy weather has created delays in pollination and kept soil temperatures cool. Now with high temperatures and high humidity this week, the process of harvesting strawberries will accelerate and the window for picking strawberries may be a short one. Check out more in this story

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Dealing with Toxic Giant Hogweed

This topic was presented to me by a reader of this blog who suggested I look at this toxic weed a little closer. I have to say, I really had no idea there was such a toxic weed in our country. I wonder if others like myself are unaware of this very toxic weed. The

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Sweet Corn Update 2013

The news around the midwest is that sweet corn harvest is a little late this year, but the good news is that the yields should be very good. The cooler weather and regular rains are the reason for the delay, but in the end we might benefit from a higher-yielding crop. While consumers might have

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Collecting a Plant Sample

This week we are receiving a lot of plant tissue samples for analysis. The number one question is “How do I collect a respective sample?” This year, in particular, I have seen a number of growers who are performing this test for the first time in their careers. There are two resources I would like

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Farmers Market Update 2013

This spring’s unusually wet and cool conditions are affecting the produce that is available in the market this year. The spring crop is about 3-4 weeks behind this year. Restaurants and consumers looking for fresh produce are having a difficult time finding some items because they are not quite ready yet. The best advice I

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Wastewater Plant – Inside Look

Check out this video and learn what happens behind the scenes to insure a clean environmental infrastructure is in place for our cities and residencies. I know I often take these types of systems for granted. Take a couple of minutes and remember those people who are diligently working behind the scenes to insure that

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Grilling and Food Safety

Check out this video it really gives some great information regarding how to prepare the grill, cook the food and insure that the food prepared is bacteria-free and safe. One of the best purchases I have made in the last two years is a food thermomoeter. It will instantly make you a better grill master

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Nematode Soil Testing

It is not too early to start planning for nematode testing in your corn and soybean fields. Tamara Jackson-Ziems, University of Nebraska regularly talks about corn nematodes and gives some great advice from sampling for nematodes to dealing with nematodes. Check out this interview with Ms. Jackson regarding this topic. Lots of helpful information. In

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