Food and Fuel Debate

Food and Fuel are final products in the Ethanol Process I think it’s always good to have some numbers to look at when looking at this debate. Check out the numbers that were highlighted in this video. One bushel of grain produces 2.8 gallons of ethanol – using starch and 18 pounds of  livestock feed

READ MORE

Testing soil for lead in community gardens

Checking for Lead in Community Gardens Community gardens are becoming a popular trend in urban america. In some places community gardens have been a staple for years and years. This week,  I received a call from a community garden representative who was concerned about the presence of lead.  I also came across this article, Lead,

READ MORE

Soil Experiment

Taking a Closer Look at Soil – Jar Test   Check out this article on soil. I think it is a great illustration of why we need to be familiar with the makeup of our soil for gardening and harvesting food products. The experiment is explained very well in this article, “Gardener: A simple soil

READ MORE

Missouri Agriculture Site

Missouri adds a new website for agriculture!!! (It will be the trendsetter for other states) AgriMissouri Take a look at this site. It took me at least two minutes to check out all of the menus. I really liked the following Menu Items MOGROWN Here you can view produce specific to Missouri like nuts, eggs,

READ MORE

How can I increase nitrogen levels in my plants organically?

Increased Nitrogen – Organically Source = http://i.ehow.co.uk I get this question a lot. I have an organic garden and my plants show that I am low in nitrogen. What can I add organically to increase the nitrogen. Some typical ways are 1) manure fertilizers, 2) crop residue and 3) compost In most of these cases,

READ MORE

5 Things I noticed at the 2011 Triumph of Ag Show

Triumph of Ag Show 2011 – Reflections I talked earlier about attending the 2011 Triumph of Ag ( #triumpofagriculture11) show today. 1) When the Ag Economy is good, people are making new purchases. 2) Exhibitors who are having rough times in the Ag World should see what they are doing wrong. 3) Never underestimate the

READ MORE

Connecting at Commodity Classic

One of the best things about using social media tools like twitter and facebook is finally meeting people face to face.  I have met a number of people at the Commodity Classic who have stopped by our Midwest Laboratories Booth, 924 and have indicated to John or myself that it was finally great to meet

READ MORE