Soils keep coming in this week. Here is a look at the boxes, soil layout, prep for grinding and extraction.
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.
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.
Precision 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.
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
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.