Fall Soil Testing Season

soil samplesIt is that time of year, right after harvest when samples start coming into the laboratory for analysis.

Today, there were a large number of soils received

See for yourself!

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How do I Ship Samples to the Laboratory?

IMG_3122Shipping samples is one of the most common questions we receive.

Many clients are not sure how to proceed with this step and it can be a very time consuming process if you have to go somewhere to have your sample packaged and sent. Here are some tips to help you through this process.

Open an Account at Midwest Laboratories

The best advice I have is begin by opening an account with Midwest Laboratories.  Use the Tablet Form or PC Desktop Form. Once you have your account and password, you now have access to some great shipping options. (If you have forgotten your password, please call a representative at Midwest Laboratories to reset your password)

Log-on to MidwestLabs.com website

Log-On to the Midwest Laboratories Website

With your account number and password, you can now log-on to the Midwest Laboratories Website and start using the shipping options for

Go to Shipping Options Tab on left side of screen and select one of the following options:

  • FedEx – Ground or Overnight
  • UPS – Ground or Overnight

From here, all you need to do is print out the shipping label, place it on the package and take it to your local UPS/FedEx Shipping Location.

Sample Supplies

Don’t forget your Midwest Laboratories account also allows you to purchase or receive sampling supplies too.  (Examples: soil bags, plant bags, coolers, bottles, boxes)

Go to the Order Supplies Tab and begin locating the supplies you need.

Midwest Laboratories Account

Your shipping charges and supply charges, (if applicable) will be listed on your monthly invoice. This process helps  you keep track of your costs with respect to analysis and shipping expenses.  If you have any questions about shipping, please feel free to call and talk to a client services team member.

Soil Sampling and Precision Ag

soil samplingPrecision Agriculture is the new concept that people are trying to understand. How does soil analysis, sampling, mapping and reporting fit together. Soil sampling is one part of this program.  More and more people are seeing the value in grid sampling their fields and they are getting prepared as we speak.  This was noted yesterday with some activities that occurred at Midwest Laboratories.

  • Yesterday, one company alone picked up 40,000 soil bags. Another company ordered 20,000 soil bags.
  • Another company picked up 500 shipping labels.
  • In addition, 10 individuals opened accounts just yesterday in preparation of conducting soil testing this fall.

Soil Sampling Programs are really taking off and helping growers manage the nutrients in their soil and understand which parts of their fields have sufficient nutrients and where other areas are deficient.

If you are looking for a good site that looks at soil sampling techniques check out this site, Soil Sampling for Precision Agriculture.

If you want information on setting up an account at Midwest Laboratories check out this link, (New Account Setup). Use this link, (New Account Setup for Mobile) if you are using an iPad or Tablet.

With your account, you are able to order supplies like soil bags, boxes and shipping labels.  For more information, contact a Midwest Laboratories Representative today.

Picture Source: AgPHDsoiltest.com

 

Fall Soil Sampling Supplies

Midwest Labs Soil TestingIt is not that far away. Many clients are already placing orders this week for large volumes of soil bags and shipping labels.

In addition, soil probes are holding steady. Don’t wait too long. Last year our inventory of probes was virtually depleted and manufacturers were several weeks behind on orders.

If you need supplies, grab them today to insure you will have them when you are ready.

If you currently do not have an account, consider signing up today, (New Account Form) so you can take advantage of processes like

  • online supply ordering
  • access to all testing information 24x 7 online
  • be able to receive data with the Midwest Labs Mobile App -Android and Apple (See Item #5)
  • access to UPS, FEDEX and SPEE-DEE shipping labels*    *Selected Territories
  • access to free soil bags

It is that time of the year, get your supplies today.

 

Biodiesel Testing Lab

Biodiesel TestingMany biodiesel production plants have invested a lot of capital into building their own production and resource laboratories.

Midwest Laboratories recognizes this trend and has developed testing packages to compliment existing biodiesel production laboratories.

Most biodiesel producers are looking at ASTM D 6751 analysis to establish their product as a quality product for retail sale. ASTM D 6751 is a collection of analysis that helps determine the quality of a biodiesel fuel.  Midwest Laboratories Clients’ often take the ASTM D 6751 analysis and customize their own certificate of analysis for reselling their product.
In 2013-2014, corn oil analysis has also been a highly requested analysis. Many biodiesel plants are looking at corn oil as a feedstock for biodiesel production. If you are looking at different feedstock types from plants to oils and waste, consider contacting Midwest Laboratories to determine the quality of the feedstock.

In addition, wastewater testing is another area that many biodiesel clients are utilizing Midwest Laboratories testing services. Many states have legislation that specifically states that laboratories must have state certification with respect to environmental testing.

Glycerin testing remains very strong and with 3-4 day turnaround on most samples, producers can take their co-product to market very quickly.

If you have questions regarding these or other analysis that currently serve the biodiesel industry, please contact Heather or Brent at 402-334-7770.

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