The cool temperatures and wet conditions in September delayed harvesting by a couple of weeks this fall. As a result, many growers harvested fields in a shortened amount of time. In addition, the weather turned unseasonably warmer and drier. At this point in the Omaha area, I can only remember three times when the low temperatures have been below freezing. Ideal conditions for harvesting and soil sampling.
These conditions also had an impact on sample volumes, more soil samples in a shorter time frame.
In 2016, Midwest Laboratories associates took steps to upgrade instrumentation, programming code and other internal processes to ensure turnaround times remain consistent. (2-3 days from the time the sample is received).
Soil sampling supplies: soil bags, boxes, shipping labels continue to be sent out and soil sampling looks strong till Thanksgiving.
We take turnaround time seriously all year long.
Here is one example:
Mailed samples 6 days ago to @MidwestLabs got results today! That’s a great turnaround considering they received on Thursday.
— Brian Ulen (@brianu24) November 15, 2016