Some eco-friendly ice melters

Snow and Ice are beginning to fall in this part of the country Check out this article, “Ice Melters: Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Rock Salt” by Kristine Hansen, January 19, 2011 Here is a quick article summary: Traditional Rock Salt is not environmentally friendly. It can corrode asphalt and cement and have an adverse impact on

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Winter lawn and garden tips

Here is a list of lawn items that you need to do today. These items are taken from a post I read this week, “No time like the present for these garden tasks” by David Robson 1) Apply Winter Fertilizer – By applying a fertilizer now, you will actually be promoting root growth all winter.

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Agroforestry – Planting trees with cover crops

Agroforestry  is an integrated approach of using the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. It combines agricultural and forestry technologies to create more diverse, productive, profitable, healthy and sustainable land-use systems. Source Wikipedia The following article, “A Quiet Push to Grow Crops Under Cover of Trees”  focuses on a forested

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Be a part of #foodthanks this Thanksgiving

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, it is always a great time to remember those farmers who provide the food we have on our table. “Way too many times, we only hear about the recalls and regulations facing the food industry. If we really look at agriculture and food production closely, we will really see

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10 Items to consider when winterizing your home

This fall in the midwest has been an unusually warm, dry season.  As the temperatures fall as we get closer to the end of November and approach December, it is always a good idea to look at ways to prepare our homes for winter.  I came across this article, Winterizing Your Home and it has

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Arsenic in Water Report

I came across this article, Arsenic in Iowa’s water supplies and took a closer look at the numbers listed in the report. Here is a summary of some of the numbers that stood out for me. The article has more specifics with respect to locations and reports. Check out these numbers: “Arsenic accounted for about

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Peanut Butter prices going up

A report from the Chicago Tribune, “Peanut butter prices skyrocketing” talks about the rising prices that will be going into affect this week. “Kraft will raise prices for its Planters brand peanut butter by 40 percent … while ConAgra has instituted increases of more than 20 percent for its Peter Pan brand that went into

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A couple of soil sampling resources

Soil Sampling View more documents from Midwest Laboratories This fall the soil sampling season has extended from the last part of September through November.  I can remember when harvest activity was occuring through Thanksgiving. Now with the advances in technology, the growing season and time spent harvesting have been reduced considerably. This leads me to

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Are you buying real honey at the store?

I came across this story today by Andrew Schneider, November 7, 2011 | Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn’t Honey. This story states that three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isn’t exactly what bees produce. “The results show that the pollen frequently has been filtered out of products labeled “honey.”  The removal

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Ethanol Lab Managers

Welcome Ethanol Lab Managers to the 2011 Fuel Ethanol Laboratory Conference, sponsored by Midland Scientific. It is great to see lab managers from different Ethanol Producers come to Omaha to discuss ways to keep the quality of ethanol high and continue to market renewable fuels to a country in need of independence from oil.  The

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