Growing Large Pumpkins

Have a Fun and safe Halloween and Check out these Pumpkin Stories Check out this news feature on the amount of effort needed to grow a large pumpkin. The time and effort may surprise you. Here is a great video on how to carve pumpkins too.

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Soil Sampling After Harvest

Check out this video. It does a great job of explaining the process of collecting a soil for both nutrients and nematode analysis. At Midwest Laboratories we are seeing an increase in soil sample volumes. This fall season has been ideal for drying out the corn, harvesting and soil sampling. It is a great time

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Can Midwest Laboratories Test This?

This is the number one question we receive at Midwest Laboratories.  The following table is a great guide which give you access to analysis available at Midwest Laboratories. Midwest Laboratories Analysis Matrix *Information regarding certification and rush analysis should be obtained by speaking directly to a Midwest Laboratories Customer Service Representative (Office) 402-334-7770. **Normal turnaround time

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Receiving Soil Samples at Midwest Laboratories

This time of year is always a time when samples arrive in large quantities. If you look closely at the bags, you will see each sample is individually stickered. We take the process of receiving samples very seriously. The lab numbers are cross-checked with the sample submittal forms to insure the samples are in the

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Shipping Samples to Midwest Laboratories

Sending samples to the laboratory can be a tough task, especially for those people who are literally pulling samples in the field. I am talking about soil samplers. In addition, understanding the costs of shipping can also be a challenge. UPS and FedEx have now inititated dimensional weight into the price equation to their respective

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Fuel Ethanol Lab Conference 2015

This week I have been attending the Fuel Ethanol Lab Conference hosted by Midland Scientific. It has been interesting to listen to lab managers and supporting vendors talk about the current state of ethanol being produced in the United States. It comes down to producing a quality product: Ethanol. There are many challenges from a

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When to Stop Watering Your Lawn This Fall

The fall of 2015 has been a very unusually dry and warm one across the midwest. With high temperatures in the 60’s -70’s and lows in the 50’s, the conditions are just right for some last minute fall lawn seeding or repair with sod. Many irrigation companies are also wanting customers to winterize their lawn

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Stalk Nitrate Tests

This year stalk nitrate testing seems to be the popular analysis going into October. A number of growers are looking at how much nitrogen was taken from the soil to the plant. Just yesterday, a number of growers were dropping off samples at the front door, anticipating the results as a precursor to soil sampling.

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Foods Containing Glycerin

Have you ever thought about the fact that you may eating foods that contain the same ingredient as soap? Glycerin helps extend the life of foods and it is the same ingredient found in soap. The following information was taken from the following article: “Foods Containing Glycerin” by Jessica Brusso, May 3, 2015 Glycerin, also

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