September Update 2017

Fall Is Around the Corner Labor Day Weekend is almost here.  Schools are back in session. Temperatures are starting to cool off and the days are getting shorter. That means football activities are right around the corner too.  Right now we are seeing an increased demand for stalk nitrate testing. In addition, many growers and

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August Update 2017

August Newsletter For many, August 21, 2017, cannot get here soon enough. Solar Eclipse 2017 is almost upon us. Many in the science community are preparing to observe this once in a lifetime event. Fall Sampling Supplies Make sure you get your sampling supplies ordered. This past week, I took a closer look at supplies

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July Update 2017

Happy 4th of July It is a great time to reflect on all the blessings we have as a result of freedoms as United States  Citizens Summer Surge in soil and plant samples. Soil and plant sample volumes continue to remain high. It is apparent that growers are trying to find ways to maximize their investment

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IFT 2017 – Midwest Laboratories

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is hosting its annual food science expo in Las Vegas, June 26-28, at the Venetian/Sands Expo Center. Members of the Midwest Laboratories team will be on hand at booth #2417 to answer any questions you may have regarding the recent implementation of FSMA and what these new guidelines mean

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Mid-May Update

Soil and Plant Update The spring soil testing season continues to be strong. We are seeing a strong surge of soil samples which is a little unusual for this time of the year, but it really does show that growers and retailers are continually monitoring fields to ensure proper soil nutrients are available for proper

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Battling Lawn Grubs

Grubs

Grubs This year I am trying something new.  Yesterday, (April 24, 2017) I applied a national brand, grub preventer product to my lawn. Over the last three weeks, I have done some gardening and landscaping, and every time I dug into the soil, (4-8 inches), I would see grubs. Not just one or two, but

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Nematodes in Florida Golf Course Turf

Nematodes in Florida Golf Course

Nematode Article This spring, I came across this article about nematodes being an issue in Florida Golf Courses. ( Indemnify Q&A – Topic Nematodes, Golf Course Industry, March 2016) The article looks at the identification of nematodes, collecting a soil sample for nematode analysis and finally identifying which type of nematodes are present. If you

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April Update 2017

Introduction Welcome to April. The recent rainfall will soon have grass, trees and plants budding. The recent warm winter has accelerated these activities along with the current soil temperatures, (See Map) which are quite warm for this time of year. From an analysis perspective, the lab areas at Midwest Laboratories are always evaluating current instrumentation

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