How Do I Test For Mycotoxins in Corn

Background Mycotoxins, as defined by Webster, are “a toxic substance produced by a fungus and especially a mold” For growers, the definition goes much deeper. Quality is the key here. Everyone is a bit cautious when buying and selling grain.  Seeking professional analysis from a laboratory or local grain inspection service is the way to go. In

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September Update 2017

Fall Is Around the Corner Labor Day Weekend is almost here.  Schools are back in session. Temperatures are starting to cool off and the days are getting shorter. That means football activities are right around the corner too.  Right now we are seeing an increased demand for stalk nitrate testing. In addition, many growers and

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Mid-May Update

Soil and Plant Update The spring soil testing season continues to be strong. We are seeing a strong surge of soil samples which is a little unusual for this time of the year, but it really does show that growers and retailers are continually monitoring fields to ensure proper soil nutrients are available for proper

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Battling Lawn Grubs

This year I am trying something new.  Yesterday, (April 24, 2017) I applied a national brand, grub preventer product to my lawn. Over the last three weeks, I have done some gardening and landscaping and every time I dug into the soil, (4-8 inches) I would see grubs. Not just one or two, but several.

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Nematodes in Florida Golf Course Turf

This spring, I came across this article about nematodes being an issue in Florida Golf Courses. ( Indemnify Q&A – Topic Nematodes, Golf Course Industry, March,  2016) The article looks at identification of nematodes, collecting a soil sample for nematode analysis and finally identifying which type of nematodes are present. If you have questions regarding

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April Update 2017

Introduction Welcome to April. The recent rainfall will soon have grass, trees and plants budding. The recent warm winter has accelerated these activities along with the current soil temperatures, (See Map) which are quite warm for this time of year. From an analysis perspective, the lab areas at Midwest Laboratories are always evaluating current instrumentation

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FSMA Produce Safety Rule and Water Testing

According to a recent article in Food Safety News, (More delay for Produce Safety Rule as industry balks over water testing) by Dan Flynn, March 20, 2017 the FDA are reviewing the water requirements and that could extend the compliance date into 2018. I really think what got my attention in this article was a

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Lawn and Garden Test

Here is an excellent video on what it takes to collect a proper sample for a lawn and garden test. Soil testing can improve garden, save money Midwest Laboratories Lawn and Garden Package You will receive a soil bag, return shipping label with kit.  $30.00 for the kit. If you prefer to drop off your

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