Crash Course on Fracking

Fracking is a very controversial process which people have various opinions on. Let’s look at this topic a bit closer and see if we can formulate our own opionion. Let’s start with this first video which explains the process. Now let’s review a little more about the process and look at some of the environmental

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Should you put air in your tires on a very cold day?

The answer is “No”. The cold air makes your tires contract and as a result, your tire sensors come on. However, to demonstrate this principle the following video looks at air in a balloon and how it contracts with a cold source, liquid nitrogen. Ambient temperature affects tire pressure, and in the new world of TPMS,

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Nematode Testing in 2015

Have you considered testing for nematodes in 2015? It might be something to think about to be on the safe side.

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Soil Testing a Baseball Field

Right now, Midwest Laboratories is receiving a lot of questions regarding soil testing for spring planting of crops and lawn/garden soil testing. Not too many people are looking at local baseball fields for arsenic and lead. However, in one particular county in Florida, customers are moving quicly to determine if arsenic is present. Learn more

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Does Salt Actually Melt Ice?

Check out this video and learn why salt is applied to our local and national roadways as way to get rid of the ice/snow cover. Here are some points to remember that are covered in the video: Salt lowers the freezing point of water.  There is a limit. It only works well from temperatures between

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Midwest Labs Library

Do you have questions about soil sampling? How to take a proper sample? Grid Sampling or other sampling techniques Are you trying to understand the information contained on your soil report. Are you looking at testing your water in your well to see if it is safe to drink? Are you selling your home and

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Spring Lawn Preview

Time to start planning for your spring long. It is not that far away, about 60 days in the midwest. This article is one of the best articles I have read on proper management of a lawn. How to cultivate a happy lawn by Laura Lee Rose, February 1, 2015. The article hits on points

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Soil Samplers Taking Advantage of Mild Winter

This January there has been a rush for sampling supplies. Currently, soil probes are in strong demand and manufacturer’s can’t keep up with the demand. Soil Probes – If you are thinking of ordering a probe for sampling today or this spring, place your order now. Supplies are limited and demand is high and demand will

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33.5 Inches of Snow and its impact

Check out this news clip from the Boston Massachusetts area regarding today’s snow storm. See for yourself what 33.5 inches of snow looks like. Here is another story that looks at this storm and its impact along the east coast. Some incredible footage here. photo credit: praetoriansentry via photopin cc

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Some Fuel Saving Tips

Here is a summary of tips that I came across in the Detroit Free Press Article, Fuel-saving tips for winter driving by Mark Phelan, January 24, 2015. There are some really good tips here: Don’t sit idling to warm the engine up; that gets you 0 m.p.g. Most manufacturers recommend driving off after about 30

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