Some Fall Garden Tips

Check out these garden tips from a recent Weather Channel news segment. Planting tomatoes in the fall is one option. Some good advice for Fall Gardeners!

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Germs on Money and Credit Cards

Ever thought of how many times those dollar bills in your wallet and coins in your pocket have been touched. I have talked about this topic in the past, but I have not included credit cards.   Some of you may have never given much thought to this topic. Check out this news story and learn

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Is Organic Food Better for You?

Check out this news story from the article, Organic Foods: Are they Really Better for You?  by Ela Soroka This debate continues, but more and more research is being conducted. Watch the news story and look at the article mentioned below and draw your own conclusions with respect to this topic. Some dialogue from the

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Cattleowners Watch for Ergot

Several sightings of ergot have been confirmed in Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa. I came across this topic in an article, “Cattleowners urged to watch for ergot poisoning, August 25, 2013″ Conditions are right.  Early Moisture | Afternoon Heat Climatic conditions are key to ergot’s presence, and they were ideal in some parts of the state

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Looking at Crops from the Air

Check out this crop tour of Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota. The view from the air really tells quite a story that people may not be seeing as they drive by some fields. Check out this news report and see the damage up close.

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Corn Crop Stress & Disease

Corn Root Worm | Foliar Disease |  Anthracnose Disease I came across this video and thought it was particularly good in showing classic diseases and stress on corn plants. Check out more in this video from Syngenta. Also consider getting a stalk nitrate test to give yourself one last indication of where your crop is at

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Modified Growing Degree Days and Corn Maturity

The recent cooler temperatures have really kept corn growers on their toes with respect to predicting corn maturity. Of course, this summer is completely different from last year’s high temperatures and drought conditions. Check out this link from the University of Illinois, Midwest Regional Climate Center.  This link shows the current, modified growing degree days

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Stalk Nitrate Test

Stalk Nitrate Testing is a very popular test this time of the year.  It gives growers an idea of the effectiveness of their nitrogen applications for the current growing season.  There is a very good reference guide on the Purdue University Agronomy Site, “End-of-Season Corn Stalk Nitrate Test” which talks about the whole process and

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Foliar Testing | Vine Nutrient Status

This time of year, Midwest Laboratories receives samples from vineyards across the country for soil sample analysis and foliar testing. This week, I came across an article that was just posted by the Michigan State University Extension. “Foliar testing for assessing vineyard nutrition” It is a very good article that breaks down the nutritional recommendations

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Soil Type Impacts Wine Quality

Check out this video and see how soil adds to and continues to feed vineyards that are over 100 years old. It is a short, fascinating look at how soil affects the grapes flavor. I was really surprised at how fine the soil is. It would be interesting to someday understand the makeup of this

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