Metals | Nutrients

What do all of those Metals mean on my soil report.  I saw a great post today from Calcium Products that gives a quick explanation of metals and their affect on plants.  Here is quick checkoff. Please use this information when referring to data collected on your plants and soils.  Thanks again Craig Dick – Calcium Products

Plant Nutrients

Boron | Necessary for cell wall formation.

Calcium | Needed to fight diseases.

Nitrogen | Essential for amino acid formation…too much can delay flowering and fruiting

Magnesium | Necessary for producing carbohydrates, sugars and fats

Carbon | Essential to converting cholophyl into sugar and for plant respiration

Potassium | Necessary for keeping nutrients flowing in the sap

Sulfur | Is a natural disease fighter

Zinc | Essential for carbohydrate metabolism, protein synthesis and (stem growth)

Manganese | Involved with enzyme activity  for photosynthesis, respiration and nitrogem metabolism

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Midwest Laboratories breaks 21,000 soils

Soils, Soils, Soils – Growers are wanting their soils tested in the month of November.

21,127 soils received in one day.  Yesterday, the soils kept coming and coming off of the trucks.  Over 850 boxes. This is only soils.  With the late harvest and samplers trying to get into fields while its dry, clients are scrambling during the month of November to get their soil tested to determine the current state of their ground.

At Midwest Laboratories research and development continues all the time to help facilitate the process of analyzing soils and producing results in a timely manner. The turnaround time for a volume this large is three to four days.  80% of the samples received yesterday will be reported out on Thursday, November 19, 2009 with the remaining soils being reported out on Friday, November 20, 2009.

21,000 Soils

21,000 Soils

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Shipping Soil Samples

Those of you who are sending in multiple soil samples to be tested, make sure you are maximizing your money by sending your samples with an authorized return service label. Midwest Laboratories offers shipping labels which allow clients to send in 50lbs of soils for a set price between $7-8.00 depending on the carrier. This is an extremely cost effective way to save money on shipping.

In addition, growers can instantly have 25 soil bags and a shipping label sent to them for free by filling out the information on the Midwest Laboratories eStore Promotion.

Also, with an account at Midwest Laboratories, you will receive additional savings with respect to supplies and analysis.

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