Maximizing Your Vegetable Garden Produce with $5 off the Lawn and Garden Soil Test

The beautiful weather outside has us thinking (and hoping) spring has sprung in the Midwest. Already, the birds are starting to chirp, the grass is turning greener, and the bugs are beginning their comeback tour. It is now the time to start thinking about all the fresh produce that is going to come out of

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Which lab is the best soil testing laboratory?

Updated March 12, 2016 This question come up every year. This year we are seeing a large number of soil samples due to the warmer than normal pre-spring temperatures. As more and more growers and retailers discover how soil testing results can impact their yield results, Midwest Laboratories continues to work at improving its processes

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Triumph of Ag 2016

Today, I will be attending one of my favorite agriculture shows in Omaha. The Triumph of Ag Show has been a fixture in Omaha for the past 50 years. The Mancuso Family does a great job running this show.

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Higher than Normal Soil Temperatures

Check out today’s soil temperature map and you will see that our soil temperatures are much higher than normal. Check out today’s soil temperature map link and key, (Source: Greencastonline.com

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Spring Soil Testing

I came across a good article, “Managing soil on a new farm” by Sonja Begemann

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Defense of Food -TV Special

Tonight on PBS there is an interesting program that will be debuting, “The Defense of Food” hosted by Michael Pollan. The show airs December 30, 2015 at 9pm eastern. In Defense of Food shows us how, despite the daunting dietary landscape Americans confront in the modern supermarket, we can escape the Western diet and, by

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Bill Introduction to End Food Waste

Check out this bill being introduced by Representative, Chellie Pingree. The goal of the comprehensive bill is to re-purpose food that would typically be wasted or not sold, including giving it to food pantries.The bill aims to help farms, retailers, restaurants and schools waste less food, while diverting high quality food to food banks, and using

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Soil Sampling in December?

It sounds crazy, but this week appears to be a great week for sampling. Above normal temperatures across the midwest with highs in the 50-60 degree range. Soil Temperatures are well above normal this week as the 5-day outlook appears for the week of December 7-12, 2015 If you need sampling supplies, please get your order

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World Soil Day – December 5, 2015

Learn more about where our food starts! Many companies and organizations are organizing events today and tomorrow. Find out more at the World Soil Day Site. Soils have been neglected for too long. We fail to connect soil with our food, water, climate, biodiversity and life. We must invert this tendency and take up some

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Some Thanksgiving Food Preparation Tips

I came across this article in Consumer Reports, “Don’t Let Your Thanksgiving Dinner Make You Sick” by Janet Lee, November 11, 2015 1. Watch Out For Mold (Many illnesses can be avoided from the start by looking for the presence of mold) 2. Know How To Battle the Bad Bugs (Prevent Bacterial Growth) 3. Use

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