Which Analysis Method Should You Use?

Many times clients send samples in and really don’t know what to ask for when it comes to the analysis method. Methods are the starting places for performing analysis is a qualitative manner. Because technology is changing, methods also may need to be slightly adjusted. A good laboratory will note this information in their standard

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Battling Crabgrass This Spring

Crabgrass is starting to creep up in yards around the country. I came across a great article, “PLATEAU GARDENING: Crabgrass vs Turfgrass” by c. Rae Hozer This article emphasizes the following points. Crabgrass is a sign of turfgrass getting too little fertilizer or the soil is so acidic that fertilizer is not readily available to

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Some Common March Analysis

This past month there were numerous questions regarding the following analysis: Soil Testing/Soil Sampling – Most of the questions had to do with sampling more than just analysis. There is a great resource in the Midwest Laboratories Library on Soil Sampling. Lawn/Garden Soil Testing – This is the area we really saw a lot of questions. Midwewst

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Fracking Wastewater

Here is a video clip of why people are concerned about what is in their water supply. Fracking wastewater needs to be analyzed and tested to determine if any contaminants exist. Check out this story, During Fracking Hearing, Nebraskan Challenges Oil And Gas Commission To Drink Wastewater, March 30 ,2015 and accompanying presentation. It is

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Community Garden Safety Tips

Community Gardens are becoming more and more popular. It is a great way for people in cities to come together and grow produce for a local community. Many community gardens are becoming more progressive with the produce they are growing and the applicaiton of natural fertilizers from soil testing. One area that many people who

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Sample Paperwork

Over the past few weeks it has really been apparent that sample paperwork is one of the biggest detractors from getting analysis performed and reported in a timely manner. Consider typing out your informaiton. With everything going to scanning these days it is becoming increasingly difficult to read smugged writing and overall appearance of hand-written

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Air Dryers or Paper Towels

Paper towels or Hand Dryers – Which is better?

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Dealing With Food Waste

Food waste is a real issue. Imagine if just a few smaller steps were taken, what a difference we could make in this area.

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Warmer Weather On The Way

It appears we have gone from bitter cold to warm, balmier weather. It will be a welcome relief to many, but it could also be a sign of a big melt off in some areas. In any case, the warmer temperatures will happen across the country as the map indicates for projected high temperatures on

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March Soil Temperature Map

Typically, the soil temperature needs to be above 50 degrees Farenheit for most crops. Currently, only the most southern states are above 5o degrees as the map indicates. See the color guideline below the map.   If you want to follow soil temperatures into the spring season, check out the GreenCastOnline.com Soil Map that is

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