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VOA’s rise in Compost as Food Waste Diversion programs increase.

April 25th, 2016
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“More food-scrap based composts are coming into our lab than before and we’re seeing a significant increase in presence of fatty acids”, says chemist Jon Dyer, Woods End Labs. That could easily be explained by successful mandates for organic waste diversion which nationwide are increasing the amount of food scraps going to composting. On the laboratory side, it can also explain […]

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The New Normal: “Regular” and “Mini” Soil Health Tests Introduced

February 5th, 2016
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Responding to growing farmer interest, Woods End Labs is updating its Soil Health test program for the 2016 season.  The former Premium test has been reduced in cost from $75 to $55, and a new MINI soil health test will be added at a cost of $30. Woods End’s offering of an entirely new type of soil test went […]

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As Maine goes with soil health so goes the nation

November 7th, 2015
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Maine has by most accounts not figured prominently in modern soil health initiatives, but 2015 stands out as a harbinger of great things to come. An emerging group of progressive farmers are demonstrating reduced-tillage + cover-copping methods work in corn, alfalfa and potato rotations, and two leading soil labs are collaborating to innovate soil analysis.  In the […]

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After 44 years in storage, an archival soil springs to life on the 2nd day

April 27th, 2015
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How long can a dry soil be stored and microbes remain viable? Many persons who have stored soil samples dating back decades have asked us this question. We recently had a chance to test the “dead soil” hypothesis. Staffer Bob Burger uncovered his old archive of US Geologic Survey soil samples, dating from 1971. One sample of […]

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150 years later, are our crop nutrient response models still working?

November 6th, 2014
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Virtually all modern crop response studies trace their lineage way back to Liebig and Mitscherlich models. Liebig gave us the most limiting nutrient concept, often illustrated by staves of a barrel – considered a huge breakthrough at the time. Unfortunately, Liebig also insisted growers ignore any contributions from soil organic matter, conveniently helping spawn a century of over-reliance […]

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