October Lawn Tips

You have a little time to check the nutrients in your soil and apply a nutrient application to your lawn. The first thing you should do is get your lawn soil tested. At Midwest Laboratories, you will receive an analysis report with nutrient recommendations for the soil. The analysis process takes 2-3 days once samples

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Which Soil Test Package Should I Select?

Here are some reminders which are noted on the MidwestLabs.com Site.  Most soil testing laboratories offer these soil testing packages. If you cannot find a particular soil test method, please contact a soil testing representative at Midwest Laboratories (402-334-7770) or email your question to  getsoilinfo@midwestlabs.com Test Package Suggestions If a field has never been sampled before, we recommend the complete test S3C. For grain crops that will require nitrogen, we recommend tests S1AN or S2N, which include nitrate nitrogen. In low rainfall areas, we also recommend a subsoil nitrate test. For legume crops, we recommend a test including Boron analysis (tests S3, S3C, or S6). In areas of high soil pH (over 7.1), we recommend test S1B (with Bicarbonate Phosphorus) and/or S2.

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Now is The Time To Order Soil Sampling Supplies

September is the busiest time of the year for Midwest Laboratories Shipping Department.  Our shipping department is keeping up with the current demand, but this year we are seeing a lot of clients ordering supplies in preparation for fall soil sampling If you have a Midwest Laboratories Account, you can order your supplies online: soil bags,

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Do You Enjoy the Colors of Fall?

This time of year brings out all kinds of colors in the trees and landscape Pumpkins are starting to appear around towns and markets. Leaves are turning colors right before our eyes.  It is that time of year. Follow the impressive colors of fall around the country on this site, Fall Foliage Map 2015. This

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Soil Testing Could Provide Answers for Algae Issue

Came across this article, “Testing farm soil can help in algae fight“-August 31, 2015 The paragraph that struck me was the following, Phosphorus, a key food for plants, also is a key food for algae. Scientists have recommended cutting the amount of phosphorus in the watershed that feeds western Lake Erie by 40 percent to

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A September Lawn Tip

A few years ago, I listed some September Lawn Tips that are making there way back on Google this year. All of these tips are good tips for the fall, but I want to highlight one tip in particular. Overseeding your lawn – I have found that fall is the best time to apply some

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Are Mycotoxins the New Gluten?

I came across this article, “Are Mycotoxins The New Gluten?” February 24, 2015 It is a very interesting article. There are a number of good points in the article. Currently, the FDA does not impose any limits on Mycotoxin. Ochratoxin A, like most mycotoxins, it remains stable at normal food processing temperatures of 176 – 248

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The Value of Cornstalk Nitrate Test

Stalk Nitrate Test – What does the analysis really say? I came across the following statement in this article, “Cornstalk nitrate test reveals nitrogen application accuracy” by Susan Winser, October 31, 2014 Each test has its role: The cornstalk nitrate test is a snapshot of how close you came to applying the most cost-effective N rate,

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Harvesting Corn Residue

Corn growers harvest a crop, but what do they do with the residue left behind? There are techniques to harvest the corn residue and the following video report talks about these techniques. Today, the buzz is all about cover crops, but corn growers also have options with their current corn cover. Grazing is one option

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How Safe Is Our Beef?

Sustainable Beef versus Conventional Beef Study According to this Consumer Reports Study, sustainable had less bacteria content than conventional. The point here is that all beef has bacteria and needs to not be eaten raw but cooked thoroughly at 160 degrees fahrenheit. Watch this interview and learn more about the study. Also, checkout the response

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