Dealing with Listeria

I came across this article today on the Forbes.com site “Fear in Colo. town at heart of Listeria outbreak” Eric Jensen, co-owner of the Colorado Farm where officials say a national listeria outbreak  originated, has caused quite a stir because dozens of people have gotten sick and 16 people have died up to this point.

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Stalk Nitrate Testing

Soils Specialist Charles Shapiro posted information on this topic on the UNL Crop Watch Site, “Does Your Current Corn Nitrogen Strategy Deserve an A or a D? The results of the corn stalk nitrate test will indicate whether the corn was over fertilized during the season. How to Take the Test (Source UNL Crop Watch)

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Bacteria at the Gym

You are working out trying to get in shape, at the same time you are trying to avoid getting sick. Yes- gyms and health clubs are breeding grounds for bacteria. I came across this aricle, “How to Avoid Bacteria in the Gym” by K. Cossaboon. The following information was taken from this article. I think

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Fall Lawn Care

I came across this article, “Soil Test Results Help Homeowners” by John Dawson. The article has some good reminders about soil and what to look for with respect to results received from  soil testing for your lawn in September/October time frame. It is important to maintain a proper soil pH 6.5 – 6.8 .  The

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Satellite hits earth today

Have you heard the news that today, September 23, 2011 is the day the NASA’s Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, UARS  plunges to earth somewhere? This story will be updated all day today to keep people informed as to the best estimation of where it will land. Here is a video demonstration of what has occurred

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Egg Shells and Calcium

A number of people I talk to often use egg shells as part of their compost plan to reinvigorate their yards or gardens.  My question that I wanted to answer through this post was, “What value can egg shells provide as part of a soil nutrition plan?” For the answer, I turned to my friends

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Harvest 2011 – Sod Harvesting

Have you ever wondered where your front lawn sod came from.   The following YouTube video gives a demonstration on how sod is harvested into round bails and stacked on pallets for distribution to retail outlets. It takes 11 months to 18 months to start from seed to a finished sod product. Check out this video

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Shelf Life Guide

At Midwest Laboratories, we perform a lot of shelf life testing for clients across the company.  The shelf life of an item indicates how long a particular product will last in its current state without decomposition. Today, I came across a great guide on the internet which keeps track of different food items, StillTasty.  StillTasty.com

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Arsenic in Apple Juice

I came across this article in Consumer Reports, “Debate grows over arsenic in apple juice” The article talks about the growing risk or arsenic being present in apple juice.  “Several tests conducted by researchers at a university and at other labs have detected arsenic levels in various brands of apple juice that were from three

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Current Economic Report – September 2011

Dr. Ernie Goss follows the economic conditions. Dr. Goss has always felt that the economy in Nebraska has flourished during these rough times because the agricultural sector has stayed strong over the past few years. This months report is not good news. The numbers do not suggest a recession but the numbers have deteriorated from

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