Does Salt Actually Melt Ice?

Check out this video and learn why salt is applied to our local and national roadways as way to get rid of the ice/snow cover. Here are some points to remember that are covered in the video: Salt lowers the freezing point of water.  There is a limit. It only works well from temperatures between

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Midwest Labs Library

Do you have questions about soil sampling? How to take a proper sample? Grid Sampling or other sampling techniques Are you trying to understand the information contained on your soil report. Are you looking at testing your water in your well to see if it is safe to drink? Are you selling your home and

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Spring Lawn Preview

Time to start planning for your spring long. It is not that far away, about 60 days in the midwest. This article is one of the best articles I have read on proper management of a lawn. How to cultivate a happy lawn by Laura Lee Rose, February 1, 2015. The article hits on points

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Soil Samplers Taking Advantage of Mild Winter

This January there has been a rush for sampling supplies. Currently, soil probes are in strong demand and manufacturer’s can’t keep up with the demand. Soil Probes – If you are thinking of ordering a probe for sampling today or this spring, place your order now. Supplies are limited and demand is high and demand will

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33.5 Inches of Snow and its impact

Check out this news clip from the Boston Massachusetts area regarding today’s snow storm. See for yourself what 33.5 inches of snow looks like. Here is another story that looks at this storm and its impact along the east coast. Some incredible footage here. photo credit: praetoriansentry via photopin cc

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Some Fuel Saving Tips

Here is a summary of tips that I came across in the Detroit Free Press Article, Fuel-saving tips for winter driving by Mark Phelan, January 24, 2015. There are some really good tips here: Don’t sit idling to warm the engine up; that gets you 0 m.p.g. Most manufacturers recommend driving off after about 30

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Rio Grande Water Quality Adventure

Check out this article, “Man kayaks to draw awareness to river quality” by Kristen Mosbrucker, January 17, 2015. We need to read more stories like these and understand our natural waterways better and look for ways to save our natural resources and ultimately improve their quality of life. Colin McDonald looks at the history and current

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Thinking of building a house…

If you are buying a house or building a house, consider testing the soil for lead. You might be saving yourself a lot of future headaches and problems.

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Is Your Smartphone Making You Sick?

In some cases your cell phone may contain more germs than your toilet seat. YIKES! Read more in today’s article!

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PBB from the 1970’s still causing issues in Michigan

I came across this article, Researcher: PBB from 1970s still in Michiganders’ blood by  Robin Erb, Detroit Free Press, December 28, 2014. It is one of the most horrific stories of feed contamination I have ever read. Some of you may have remembered this story. Here is a short summary of the incident. Laboratory tests suggest

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