Soil Sampling this Fall

It is soil sampling season Soil Sampling from Midwest Laboratories Soil Sampling- Watch the following video from a recent Ag PhD episode There are several ways to take samples: Grid, Composite or Zone Typically you should take Samples at 0 to 6 inches below the surface of the ground. It is recommended that you take

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Food Safety and Tailgating

With football season ready to begin this weekend, it is time to get prepared and be safe at the same time. The USDA has a list of some tailgating food safety items you should keep in mind. Here are a few items listed on the USDA Site: Carry cold perishable food like raw hamburger patties,

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Proposition 37 Food Labeling GMOs

This topic is really getting a lot of press. I came across the topic in my local Omaha Paper today, “Battle over food labeling plays out in California” All eyes are on California as this topic gains national attention. Here are some things to think about with respect to this topic. Fifty countries require labeling

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Hidden Germs in Hotel Rooms

Check out this story! If you pay more, does this guarantee your room is germ free. The story gives an interesting look at a number of items you may or may not have thought of with respect to germ counts. Here were some of the findings that really surprised me: The room service menu had

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How Apple Orchards are dealing with the drought

This summer’s hot temperatures and lack of moisture has caused all types of issues for orchards in the Midwest. I wasn’t aware that apples could get sunburned. Check out this news story. Also, check out this story of another story regarding another midwest orchard which is dealing with the drought. By looking closer at stories

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Dealing with the current drought

Check out this video which looks at a test field for Monsanto’s new drought resistant genetically modified seed which is designed to combat drought. It is interesting to see the difference in size with respect to the drought-resistant seeds compared with the other seeds. I think it is important to look at soil nutrition when

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Shucking corn – tips for removing silk

This summer, I have enjoyed corn on the cob. I have boiled corn, microwaved corn and grilled corn. It’s a great time to enjoy this delicacy. The one thing that is not enjoyable is shucking the corn and removing the silk. Check out this video that uses a simple trick,  using a rubber band to

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Get ready for a lawn revival in August and September

In the Midwest, it appears the extreme heat has taken a bit of a break. We are still not receiving the rain like we need but the lower temperatures are helping to keep things not nearly as dry as they were during the month of July. I came across this article, “Dealing with post-drought lawns”

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Farmers begin harvesting corn

Harvesting season has come much earlier to various parts of the country due to the current 2012 drought. Many farmers are weighing their options and hoping for rain and a better crop next year. Currently corn prices and demand remain high, but farmers know these types of economic conditions can change quickly too. Check out

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Cell Phone Bacteria

Check out this study regarding bacteria and cell phones.  This is a good reminder for parents to make sure their children be aware of sharing their phone with their friends. It appears from this video that cell phones can really spread bacteria and germs quite easily. Also, a good cleaning with some type of alcohol

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