Pet Treat Analysis

Lately there have been a number of reports of tainted treats and recalls regarding pet treats. This really gives all treats a bad name. If I was a pet treat producer, at home or in full-scale production, my only reaction would be to make sure the quality of my product was documented and communicated to

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FDA Eliminates The Use of Arsenic in Chicken

Check out this news story on this topic. It gives some background surrounding this issue. It talks about a recent FDA Study that was occuring at the time of this news production, February 2013 and the FDA has since released its findings this month. The FDA has eliminated the use of arsenic in chickens. The

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Pumpkin Art

This time of year, it is always cool to see the different art being created from pumpkins. In my neighborhood, I witnessed kids and adults pulling out their knives and carving out different faces and creatures. I also enjoy the painted faces and murals on pumpkins too. It is a special time, leading up to

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Know the facts about ethanol for your car and small engine equipment

This past month, I conducted a few tests of gasoline from different pumps and came across some surpristing information. Lately, the talk has been that there is too much ethanol in our fuel. Will E-15 hurt my automobile’s engine? Why is ethanol being used to blend gasoline to get an octane reading of 87. I

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Some things to consider regarding the fall frost

It is that time of year again. Everyone anticipates when they can stop watering their lawn and plants because the inevitable frost is here. I have already shut down my yard irrigation system and taken steps to empty the water out of the pipes. I was burned once and my pipes broke and had to

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Is fall a good time to analyze soil nutrients for vineyards?

Having worked with a number of vineyards not only in the midwestern part of the United States but also on the East and West Coasts, fall can be a great time of year to look at soil nutrients. Most vineyards look at plant nutrients in the mid-spring to early summer and this type of testing

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How to submit samples for faster turnaround time

Many times samples are held in the receiving area because of the following: too little volume of sample for analysis no paperwork no contact information (phone, address or email) the wrong analysis is listed the information cannot be read due to moisture or tear in the paperwork To insure proper turnaround time requires the client

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How much soil should you send to the laboratory for testing?

The amount of soil collected and sent for analysis does make a huge difference. I know many labs air dry samples before grinding. Other laboratories, like Midwest Laboratories dry soil at a consistent temperature to remove as much moisture from the soil as possible for analysis. Each year, Midwest Laboratories conducts studies specific to drying

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Which lab is the best soil testing laboratory?

It is an interesting question. Obviously there are a number of fine, outstanding laboratory. However the bigger question is the following: What should I be looking for in selecting a soil testing lab for me? Here are some key differentials to look for: Quality Soil Testing – What should I be looking for with respect

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Ethanol | Gas | Small Engines

In the midwest most of the unleaded gasoline is being blended with ethanol to bring the octane levels up to 87. This has people a bit concerned, especially wiht their small engine devices like lawn mowers and snow blowers. Check out this news story! Understand how these changes could impact you. The news story makes

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