Soil Bags Still Being Sent Out

At Midwest Laboratories, the orders for soil sample bags, boxes and probes continue. The soil probes have been back ordered a few times and we currently have some in stock. This fall, the conditions for soil sampling have been ideal. The ground temperatures are still warm for this time of year. If you need soil

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Soil Testing Results

This fall a number of growers and companies have sent in samples for analysis. The goal of the analysis should be looking at the results and understanding what the analysis numbers mean. A good reference for this type of understanding is the Interpreting Soil Analysis Guide. If you would like a copy delivered to your

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Gluten – Some More Information

Check out this video, 3 Gluten Myths | What the Stuff?! and learn some more facts about gluten. Lots of people cannot have gluten in their diets. Right now,about 1% of the population are gluten intolerant. Do you have to buy special food if you want to avoid gluten? Not necessarily. Fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, oils

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Mycotoxins in Food and Feed

Each week I see more and more studies related to mycotoxins in foods. This article, “What Does it Mean When Your Coffee has Mycotoxins” suggests mycotoxins can be found in coffee. In addition, the FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) is bringing this issue up as a preventive control for food and feed manufacturers to look

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Growing Large Pumpkins

Have a Fun and safe Halloween and Check out these Pumpkin Stories Check out this news feature on the amount of effort needed to grow a large pumpkin. The time and effort may surprise you. Here is a great video on how to carve pumpkins too.

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Soil Sampling After Harvest

Check out this video. It does a great job of explaining the process of collecting a soil for both nutrients and nematode analysis. At Midwest Laboratories we are seeing an increase in soil sample volumes. This fall season has been ideal for drying out the corn, harvesting and soil sampling. It is a great time

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Can Midwest Laboratories Test This?

This is the number one question we receive at Midwest Laboratories.  The following table is a great guide which give you access to analysis available at Midwest Laboratories. Midwest Laboratories Analysis Matrix *Information regarding certification and rush analysis should be obtained by speaking directly to a Midwest Laboratories Customer Service Representative (Office) 402-334-7770. **Normal turnaround time

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Receiving Soil Samples at Midwest Laboratories

This time of year is always a time when samples arrive in large quantities. If you look closely at the bags, you will see each sample is individually stickered. We take the process of receiving samples very seriously. The lab numbers are cross-checked with the sample submittal forms to insure the samples are in the

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Shipping Samples to Midwest Laboratories

Sending samples to the laboratory can be a tough task, especially for those people who are literally pulling samples in the field. I am talking about soil samplers. In addition, understanding the costs of shipping can also be a challenge. UPS and FedEx have now inititated dimensional weight into the price equation to their respective

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Stalk Nitrate Tests

This year stalk nitrate testing seems to be the popular analysis going into October. A number of growers are looking at how much nitrogen was taken from the soil to the plant. Just yesterday, a number of growers were dropping off samples at the front door, anticipating the results as a precursor to soil sampling.

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