Ingredients Testing

Have you looked at analyzing the quality of your ingredients? At Midwest Laboratories, we are receiving higher volumes of phone calls regarding this topic. People are looking closer at the quality of ingredients they are receiving. Some of the items analyzed are protein content, fat content, water content, bacteria content, salt content, other heavy metals

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Sulfate Free Shampoos

There is a real debate out there about sulfate ingredients contained in shampoos. Some articles go so far as to say it can cause cancer. The FDA has not banned sulfate from shampoos and sulfate, (commonly known as salt) gives shampoo its foaming attributes and cleaning ingredients. The following graphic outlines some of the attributes

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Turning Rotten Vegetables into Fertilizer

Check out this story regarding the conversion of vegetables into fertilizer. Check out this invention from a former Microsoft Executive. The technology takes the old vegetables and liquifies the product. It all about finding ways to add nutirents back into the soil. Picture Source: Flickr Creative Commons

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Grid Sampling Made Easy

Check out this video regarding grid sampling. It talks about what grid sampling consists of and gives the proper perspective on what it takes to pull a representative soil sample. Zone or grid sampling is the first part of getting soil analysis data to determine what type of fertility recommendations to make. Picture Source: JMC

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Frugal Container Gardening

Check out this video and learn how one grower has found a way to create a unique container garden which is easy to setup. It might give you some ideas for your own garden project. I enjoy this grower’s passion for organic gardening and he really gives a lot of great advice for growing your

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Farmers Racing Against Time

The race is on to get into the field and begin planting. Check out this news report that looks at the corn planting situation in 2015. It is time to get into the field before the fields get too wet. Typically, corn is planted first in late April followed by soybeans which are planted the

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Soil Temps and Safe Planting

Everyone keeps looking up at the sky for the weather, but the real key to temperatures is looking at the soil. This video looks at what can happen if you plant too early and the soil temperature drops. Pay close attention to what happens to the seed, itself. It is a very informative video. Picture

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Corn Planting in April

With warmer than normal spring temperatures, it is looking like a lot of corn planting might be ocurring before the end of April. What a difference a year can make. If you need a reminder of how cold temperatures and colder soil temperaturs can affect crops, check out this video. I came across this article, Corn

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Add A Grub Killer To Your Lawn Soon

Think about applying a grub killer to your lawn before situation gets out of control.

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Getting rid of Clover in Your Lawn

This weed ranks right up there with crab grass in my opinion. This year, I have finally won the battle. I found a 4 inch square area and it is now gone. Here is my advice if you permanently want to remove this weed. You can try conventional sprays, but once the sprouts come up,

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