Metals Laboratory | Midwest Laboratories

Learn more about the role the Metals Laboratory plays at Midwest Laboratories. Led by Barry Blessing and his team, the Midwest Laboratories Metals Lab  analyzes a variety of samples for their elemental composition. Check out a quick video and learn more. The Midwest Laboratories Metals Laboratory serves clients across the country. Turnaround time and high quality

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Soil Nitrate Testing Study Explained 2012-2013

Check out this article, “Testing Soil Nitrate In Corn Fields Following 2012 Drought” It is interesting to look at all the data collected in this study and see the affects of the drought. I looked at points in Northwest Iowa and compared these points to locations in Southeast Iowa. In some cases the amount of

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February – National Cherry Month

Check out this video regarding cherries. Learn where most cherries are grown in the United States. I really thought this video was really entertaining and informational. photo credit: atomicshark via photopin cc

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How Popcorn is Made

Popcorn, that wonderful salty, starchy snack. Where does it come from and how is it processed? See the process  from the plant to the production line. This is a cool process and I really liked watching the quality testing that was a part of the process.

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Earthworms and Climate Change

The debate is earthworms and carbon. Are earthworms responsible for global warming? The Answer -more studies are needed. Also, it should be noted that earthworms add value with respect to soil fertility. A collective study between different countries indicates earthworms are multiplying at a faster rate than ever. Earthworms produce green house gasses. Bacteria and

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Winter Storms and Midwest Laboratories

If you thought spring was just around the corner, think again. The talk all week has been about “The Thursday Storm” for this part of the country, (Central States in United States). Stories like this one, “Blizzard Brewing from Goodland to Grand Island” are warning all of us about the threat for heavy snow and

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Vitamins and Mycotoxins Analysis

Check out this video which highlights some of the innovative analysis in the areas of vitamins and mycotoxins. Be sure and see check out some of the extraction processes involved with these type of analysis. Be sure and check out more on the Midwest Laboratories Corporate Site with respect to analysis. Image courtesy of Stoon

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Plants help lower temperatures

Here is an interesting study being conducted in Australia that is looking at the effect of cooling cities by adding more plants . Temperatures can be as much as 4 degrees warmer in the city of Melbourne than surrounding areas – this is known as the ‘urban heat island effect’. And on rainy days these

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Soil Test Kits and Laboratory Analysis

Check out this article , “Soil Test Kits” – February 13, 2013 From Topics in Subtropics Blog Site. This article reviews some of the most well-know soil testing kits and compares their results to conventional laboratory results. It is well worth reading and gives some good information about some popular soil testing kits on the

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Bacteria and Soda Fountains

This story about the growth of total coliform bacteria and e.Coli on soda pop fountain nozzles is still being told. We looked at this story, “Soda Fountains Contain Fecal Bacteria” in January, 2010. It really comes down to proper cleaning and disinfecting of the soda fountain nozzles. In addition, sometimes the lines from the pop to the machine have

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