Partnering with a Laboratory for FSMA

Many Food Producers are looking at their HACCP Plans, Food Safety Protocols and the FSMA, (Food Safety Modernization Act)  Regulations and trying to update their procedures to meet the requirements of FSMA. In talking to a number of food producers and educators, it is apparent that many people understand the requirements of the regulations. Sections

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Midwest Laboratories – Your FSMA Partner

For the past year, I have been reading more and more about the FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) and all of the changes that will be affecting food growers, producers and retailers. In essence, the regulation really comes down to three key components: Hazard Analysis Preventive Controls  Produce Safety Midwest Laboratories has invested in new instrumentation,

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Analysis for Microcystin in Ponds and Lakes

This time of year, many area lakes and ponds test for the presence of microcystin. Microcystin, Microcystin, (otherwise known as blue-algae)  as defined by the EPA, “Microcystins are toxins produced by cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria are also known as blue-green algae and are ubiquitous in surface water when conditions are favorable for growth and formation of algal

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Stalk Nitrate Testing – Bags

In 2015, Midwest Laboratories introduced new stalk nitrate bags to the market. These new bags were introduced in late August and we quickly ran out of inventory. For more information on stalk nitrate testing, check out the Midwest Laboratories Stalk Nitrate Testing Brochure.  These Stalk Nitrate Bags provided clients with the following benefits. More reliable

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July Lawn Tips

The weather in June, in this part of the country have been quite hot with the average high being in the 90’s.  It has put some stress on our lawns. Here are some tips to help your lawn fight these hot days. Look for really, really brown spots. You might have some grubs. It may

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Plant Tissue & Soil Testing in 2016

Plant Tissue Testing is occurring as we speak.  Corn Plants are coming out of the ground. In the Midwest,  the hot temperatures and high humidity are contributing to the plant growth. 2016 has been a very unusual year. Many growers are seeing the value in testing not only the plants which is very common this

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GMO’s Not Harmful To Human Health

Check out this weeks story in the USAToday, “Academies of Science finds GMOs not harmful to human health” by Elizabeth Weise Genetically engineered crops are safe for humans and animals to eat and have not caused increases in cancer, obesity, gastrointestinal illnesses, kidney disease, autism or allergies, an exhaustive report from the National Academies of Science released

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Manure Delivers Benefits

There is a great article in AGRI-NEWS, March 5, 2016 entitled, “Manure delivers soil health, crop nutrient benefits” by  Tom C. Doran The article looks at the benefits of manure from an economic standpoint: Depending on species and how much precipitation water is getting into that manure, every 1,000 gallons of liquid dairy or liquid

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Comparing Results – Soil Kit and a Laboratory Soil Test

Many times this question comes up. SOIL TEST KIT?  or SOIL LAB TEST   Many people have thought about this question but how many people look into the process and see how the two compare. This past month, an individual sent a sample to Midwest Laboratories and tried to prove this concept. His report was

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Lawn Tips for May

This year my lawn looks great. Even with the lack of moisture for most of April, I have been able to create a nice, thick green lawn. Here are some tips I recommend. Get a soil test. A soil test can really help you see which nutrients are lacking in the soil and it can

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