Soil Testing Turnaround Time

The last week, we received  over 21,000 soils   a day.  You can check out updates on our progress at our main site at http://www.midwestlabs.com .  Yesterday, we extracted over 20,000 soils for analysis and read over 20,000 soil pHs. We knew back in August that the season was setting up to be an early

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Kids Stopped from Selling Pumpkins

Selling Pumpkins Two kids, Jacob and Sammy were trying to  sell  pumpkins to put toward playing sports were shut down by a local Idaho State Tax Commission. (Selling Pumpkins and keeping half of the profits) These kids are not ordinary kids, they met with their pumpkin supplier and worked out a  deal to keep half

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Soil Sampling

Fall Soil Sampling Soil Sampling is in full-swing and a number of articles talk about proper methods for collecting and compositing samples together for a representative sample. This article,  “Soil Sampling Tips” by Aaron Friedlein is a  great document which provides some background into sampling in 2010 and some helpful reminders for sampling this fall. 

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Get Lawn and Garden ready this fall

I came across this article,  “Fall is the time to get your lawns and gardens ready to bloom next spring” is a really good article which highlights some of the areas to look at: Weeds can be taken care of with a post-emergent herbicide ( I prefer overseeding B. Pohlman) Mid September – Mid October 

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Nebraska Harvest Numbers

Harvest Report Today in the Omaha World Herald the crop numbers are in. Soybeans – 2/3 complete  | Soybeans are rated 79% good or excellent Corn – 30%  harvested | Corn is rated at 80% good or excellent These past few weeks of dry weather and warm temperatures have really helped these numbers.  Go back

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Nematode Testing as a Part of Soil Testing

Nematode Fact Sheet Yesterday, I came across a great article,  “CORN NEMATODES” : A Fact Sheet Prepared by the University of Minnesota’s Plant Disease Clinic on the topic of nematodes.   The article makes several good points and it is worth reading.  Here is a summary  of some of the key points made in the article:

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Early Harvest

Harvesting has been picking up and the last 10 days of dry weather have been great for harvesting.  At Midwest Laboratories, this translates into an earlier sampling time and more soils received for soil testing.  Yesterday, we received just under 6,000 soils.  These types of numbers are about 10-14 days early. The other good news

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