Time for a Fall Fertilizer Application

As summer comes to a close, it may be time for a fall application of fertilizer. With the cooler temperatures, I decided to move my fall application up a few weeks. Here are the results of my experience. Fall Pre-Emergent Fertilizer Experiment.  On August 24, 2017, I did the unthinkable; I found the pre-emergent fertilizer

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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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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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March 2017 update

Spring is almost here. This past month we’ve had a slight taste of spring/summer with temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s. It has made for an exciting February. Soil sample volumes are up with the warmer temperatures. The Animal Feed Laboratory is almost completed. Once complete, the Animal Feed Laboratory will have its own receiving,

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February Lawn and Garden Test

With the above normal temperatures in the Midwest, I am seeing more and more request for the $25 Lawn and Garden Test. It is an ideal time to start planning for the spring lawn and garden. Also, a simple Google search on the topics of “lawn” and “garden” will yield you many different planning documents

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