How Safe Is Our Beef?

Sustainable Beef versus Conventional Beef Study According to this Consumer Reports Study, sustainable had less bacteria content than conventional. The point here is that all beef has bacteria and needs to not be eaten raw but cooked thoroughly at 160 degrees fahrenheit. Watch this interview and learn more about the study. Also, checkout the response

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Collecting a Stalk Nitrate Sample

Check out this video and learn how to take a stalk nitrate sample from the field. This video does a great job of explaining the process. I would also add that this test works best when samples are collected and sent within a 24-hour period. Check out this page for more information regarding stalk nitrate

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Corn – Stalk Nitrate Test

This particular analysis is very popular this time of year. It can help provide information The end-of-season cornstalk test is a good tool for evaluating nitrogen (N) management practices used in any corn field in any year. The test is most valuable when used on field that show no visual signs of N deficiency. Stalk

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2015 Fall Weather Forecast – Be Prepared!

If you are a grower and/or a company that is related somehow to the fall harvest activities, you will want to read this article. “2015 US Fall Forecast: Fire Danger to Worsen in West; September May Yield Tropical Impact in South” , August 14, 2015 by Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer  The first few paragraphs of

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Estimating Corn Yields

I really think this video does a great job explaining the math behind estimating corn yields before harvesting. Math teachers are always looking for real-world examples. I would encourage them to watch this video too. Too many times, we take these numbers for granted as consumers. Growers consciously are looking at these numbers in order

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Fertilize Lawn in August – Seriously

Yes, a few weeks ago I talked about fertilizing the lawn in July. Today, I did the unthinkable, I fertilized again in August. Every night for the past 4-5 nights, we have received rain in the Omaha area. Saturday night we received 2 inches of rain. The wet conditions are quickly taking the good nutrients

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Midwest Laboratories – 40 Years

2015 represents 40 years of company business for Midwest Laboratories. Over those 40 years there has been tremendous growth in the areas of analysis and technology. Take a second and watch this very short video to get a feel for our lab analysis. Make sure you watch the entire video. At the end is a

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What is Your Biggest Question Regarding Soil Testing?

Over the past few weeks, I have noticed a strong theme regarding soil testing and its value for growers. There have been all kinds of articles written about soil health programs and getting soil sampling supplies ready for the fall.  What is your biggest question about soil testing? I am putting together a specific report

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Soil Health – Where does Carbon Come From?

Check out this video and learn how the microorganisms release carbon CO2 in the soil. Dr. Will Brinton provides an indepth look at the carbon process in the soil. It is a very interesting video presentation. Soil Health Testing is available at Midwest Laboratories. For more information check out this link, Midwest Laboratories Soil Health

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Stopping Spread of Bacteria – Cutting Boards

Here are some great tips to consider to help stop the spread of bacteria. Everyone should have a minimum of two boards. One board for raw foods and one for cooked foods. \ Sanitize cutting boards with bleach. Also, make sure any cutting board purchased comes with the NSF Safety Seal for food safety. Learn more

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