Driving Smart Decisions – July Update

Welcome The Fourth of July is typically the half-way mark for summer. A time of celebration and giving thanks for our freedoms as U.S. Citizens July Announcements Stay Tuned: This month we will have some new initiatives we will be rolling out for our clients. These items are in the final stages of testing and

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Best if Used By/Best Before, Sell-By, Use-By

Shelf Life, Testing, Food

What does best if used by mean? In my house, I’m notorious for throwing out items when the use-by date reads expired. And, I’m usually in trouble for doing such. Personally, I’ve always erred on the side of caution. My wife, on the other hand, believes it’s important to do a quick sensory test. She

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Leaf Blight on Nebraska Lawns

Leaf Blight

Have you ever had those straw-brown patches in your lawn and wondered what did I do wrong or, why is my grass dying? Have you heard of Ascochtya leaf blight? If you haven’t, that’s ok. Until Leaf blight takes toll on lawns, was written by Sarah Browning this past week in the Lincoln Journal Star, I

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Fuel and Ethanol Demand and Consumption

Fuel, Biofuel, Account, Information

We recognize that global fuel and ethanol demand is growing. Linked is an informative article to the U.S. Energy Information Administration – EIA Beta site – Total Petroleum and Other Liquids Production chart from 2017. The chart covers the global production and consumption of fuels and biofuels. The Top Three The top three countries for

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Driving Smart Decisions – June Update

Welcome, We are close to the start of summer. Although you would think summer has been here awhile, temperatures have been hovering around the 100-degree mark. Sample Update The end of May has seen a late spring surge in soils along with an early supply of plant samples. We are also seeing higher volumes of

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Pumpkins, Pumpkins, and more Pumpkins

Pumpkins, Growing, Season

It is that time of year to plant those pumpkins for fall harvest. Linked is an interesting article from the Old Farmer’s Almanac; Growing Pumpkins – Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Pumpkins. Below is a quick breakdown of the pumpkin varieties. Miniature pumpkins: ‘Jack Be Little’ miniature pumpkin variety, perfect for a holiday table. Vine variety.

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Driving Smart Decisions – May Update

Soil, Planting, Plants

Welcome May is here, and so are the warm temperatures. This spring we continue to see an increase in the number of new accounts and client inquiries. We have taken some steps this month to help facilitate this increase by offering clients the ability to communicate via text message. This new system is excellent for mobile

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Shelf Life Testing: Understanding the Basics

Shelf Life Testing

What is shelf life testing? Shelf Life testing is a collection of analytical, chemical, microbiological and sensory testing. The objective of shelf life testing is to show how a product changes as it ages. Furthermore, provide information to help you set: use by/sell by/best by and expiration dates. Shelf Life basics The shelf life of

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Protected: Midwest Laboratories App RFP

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Soil temperatures are still low

Soil, Soil Temperature, temperature

April 5th, 2018 Current soil temperature is 33 degrees in Omaha, NE. Far below the ten-year average soil temperature for April 5th, in Omaha, NE at 49.6 degrees. For those itching to plant, It’s important to adjust your timeline when the soil temperature is so low. Remember the goal is to provide yield, and with

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