Higher than Normal Soil Temperatures

Check out today’s soil temperature map and you will see that our soil temperatures are much higher than normal. Check out today’s soil temperature map link and key, (Source: Greencastonline.com

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Spring Soil Testing

I came across a good article, “Managing soil on a new farm” by Sonja Begemann

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Defense of Food -TV Special

Tonight on PBS there is an interesting program that will be debuting, “The Defense of Food” hosted by Michael Pollan. The show airs December 30, 2015 at 9pm eastern. In Defense of Food shows us how, despite the daunting dietary landscape Americans confront in the modern supermarket, we can escape the Western diet and, by

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Bill Introduction to End Food Waste

Check out this bill being introduced by Representative, Chellie Pingree. The goal of the comprehensive bill is to re-purpose food that would typically be wasted or not sold, including giving it to food pantries.The bill aims to help farms, retailers, restaurants and schools waste less food, while diverting high quality food to food banks, and using

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Soil Sampling in December?

It sounds crazy, but this week appears to be a great week for sampling. Above normal temperatures across the midwest with highs in the 50-60 degree range. Soil Temperatures are well above normal this week as the 5-day outlook appears for the week of December 7-12, 2015 If you need sampling supplies, please get your order

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World Soil Day – December 5, 2015

Learn more about where our food starts! Many companies and organizations are organizing events today and tomorrow. Find out more at the World Soil Day Site. Soils have been neglected for too long. We fail to connect soil with our food, water, climate, biodiversity and life. We must invert this tendency and take up some

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Some Thanksgiving Food Preparation Tips

I came across this article in Consumer Reports, “Don’t Let Your Thanksgiving Dinner Make You Sick” by Janet Lee, November 11, 2015 1. Watch Out For Mold (Many illnesses can be avoided from the start by looking for the presence of mold) 2. Know How To Battle the Bad Bugs (Prevent Bacterial Growth) 3. Use

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Golf Courses Can Benefit From Soil Testing

I came across this topic in the article, “Talking N, P and K“by John Torsiello, November 12, 2015.  The article looks at the value of soil testing on golf courses. Dr. Eric Milter is reference in the article and talks directly to this topic. Dr. Eric Miltner, agronomist for Koch Turf & Ornamental, says despite what

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Soil Health Explained

Soil Health is becoming a topic that growers are talking about more and more. The following video looks at the concept of soil health shows its relationship to the soil. At Midwest Laboratories, soil health encompasses a report which combines the information gained from different soil health analysis and matches it up with some conventional

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Soil Testing in the Laboratory

I want to give you a picture of what the soil extraction lab looks like. Soil analysis requires a lot of individual hand extraction and quality checks along the way to insure results are reported with respect to meeting required quality criteria. Each day, our lab supervisors evaluate their processes and identify ways to improve

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