Late Spring PSNT Soil Test

With the recent rains, it may be a good time to closely manage the current nitrogen available in the soil. The Pre-Sidedress Nitrogen Soil Test is a lab test which can help determine the amount of nitrogen in the soil and if further nitrogen application is needed. The analysis is listed in the Midwest Laboratories

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Getting ready to sample plants

Plant Sampling Guide from Midwest Laboratories In a previous post, I mentioned some great resources for people to look at with respect to learning more about the values they receive regarding their analysis. Today, I want to take this a step farther and look particularly at plants.  The Midwest Laboratories Staff answers numerous questions regarding

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Dealing with Mushrooms in your Lawn

This past Memorial Day Weekend was an absolute wet one. In the Omaha area we received 3+ inches of rain between Friday and Monday. As a result, an onslaught of mushrooms has appeared. I am really not that annoyed by these little fungi. In fact, the presence of mushrooms indicates a few things about the

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New FDA Regulations for Sunscreen

The FDA has come out with new regulations with respect to sun screen. When I first saw this video, I wasn’t aware of new FDA regulations with respect to sunscreen. Each year I learn a little more about how the exposure to the sun can be beneficial, (Vitamin D) and harmful with respect to skin

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How I achieved a stronger thicker lawn this spring

This year has been the best year for my lawn. It is still a bit early, but I wanted to share some of the things I did this spring to insure a nice, thick lawn. March Lawn Activity Laid sod down on former garden area 20′ x 20′ Mowed entire lawn on March 16, 2013

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Some Tips for Growing Tomatoes

Here is a question that a number of people have asked over the years: “Is it better to stake or cage tomato plants or should you let them fall over and grow naturally?” Source: 20 Gardening Tips: Growing Tomatoes News Story Tomato Plants produce fruit without any intervention Keeping tomatoes off the ground is the

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Take Precautions when swimming this summer

A study from the Center For Disease Control found that 58% of the pools in the United States had a presence of e.Coli in their pool water. Make sure you take precautions with your children when it comes to going to the local public pool and dealing with the issue of bacteria this summer. Make

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Food Dates – Very Confusing

Have you purchased a food item and looked at the label and tried to decipher what the dates mean like Use by “xx/xx/xx” date Sell by “xx/xx/xx” date Best by”xx/xx/xx” date Some items like baby foods have a date that is mandated by the government. Otherwise, the date on the package is up to the

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No-Till Planting Explained

No-Till Planting is the tilling plan of choice for many growers and farmers.  I came across a great article, “What is No-Till” by Brian Scott and have quickly summarized some of the points in his article. It’s major advantage is the fact that the soil moisture and nutrients remain in the soil and are not

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How often should I have an oil change

If you are like myself, you have one of those oil change reminder labels that lets us know when we should expect to have our oil changed. Typical time is 3,000 miles. If you are like me, it seems that sometimes this time frame can go by very fast and as a result it could

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