Reusable Water Bottles and Bacteria

Water BottlesIf you have not read this article, Which Is Dirtier: Your Reusable Water Bottle or a Toilet Seat? by HILLARY EATON Last Updated: Sep 23, 2016 you really should.

It is an interesting article and it really drives home the point that reusable water containers should be cleaned periodically. I also like how the article lists different types of bottle containers and lists the bacterial count for each type of container.

Staying on top of bacteria should be a priority. At Midwest Laboratories we look at all kinds of samples like food, water, production lines and look at bacterial counts to help companies better manage their processes to minimize the presence of harmful bacteria.

According to the article, a normal bacterial count for a toilet is  27 CFU/sq cm. In the study, some bottles were analyzed for bacterial counts of 900,000 CFU/sq. cm.

Something to really think about and learn from.


Harvest Map 2016

Corn Harvest 2016Harvesting has begun in some areas of the country. If you want to follow the harvest figures check out these maps for corn and soybeans at AgWeb. These pages provide information about location and yield in different locations across the country.

AgWeb Corn Harvest Map

AgWeb Soybean Harvest Map

In addition, I really like the following crop comments. Some areas of the country have experienced a tremendous amount of rain. In other news, it is really interesting to see what type of crops are harvested this time of year and look at pictures from different locations across the company.

AgWeb Crop Comments

Some interesting information contained on the AgWeb site that I will be looking at more as we get closer to October.




Pet Treat Testing Package

shutterstock_172846649The Pet Treat Package is a very popular analysis package for people looking to sell pet treats in the marketplace or online.

Many people wonder where to start when it comes to analysis.  The recommended place to start is the


Analysis Includes:

  • Moisture
  • Crude Protein
  • Fat (acid hydrolysis)
  • Crude Fiber
  • Ash

Recommended Sample Size: Half a Pound

Pet Treat Producers:

AAFCO – All pet food labels require a guaranteed analysis on the label to advise the purchaser of the product’s nutrient content. At minimum, guarantees are required for minimum percentages of crude protein and crude fat, and maximum percentages of crude fiber and moisture. Source:

Guaranteed Analysis is not a one time analysis. Minimums and Maximums must be established through the process of testing several batches to insure consistent results across a product. More detailed information can be found on

With a Midwest Laboratories account, all analysis information is stored online for clients to export and sort at anytime. This really comes in handy for pet food producers to continue to monitor their process and assure their product meets the AAFCO Guaranteed Analysis requirements.

A typical pet treat report looks like the following:

All  information is reported in percentages, along with appropriate reporting limits and methods used. The report is straightforward and easy to follow.

[Sample:  Midwest Laboratories Pet Treat Report]

pet treat report








More information on  AAFCO -Association of American Feed Control Officials.

All pet food labels require a guaranteed analysis on the label to advise the purchaser of the product’s nutrient content. At minimum, guarantees are required for minimum percentages of crude protein and crude fat, and maximum percentages of crude fiber and moisture. The only exception is for products that do not and are not intended to provide protein, fat or fiber (for example, vitamin and mineral supplements), in which case the product is exempt from guarantees for those components. In all cases, though, a moisture guarantee is required. Guarantees for other nutrients are normally voluntary, although additional guarantees may be required to support claims made on the label. For example, claims such as “with calcium” or “high in vitamin E” would require minimum calcium or vitamin E guarantees, respectively. Source

AAFCO has no statutory authority to regulate pet products.

Rather, enforcement of violations is the purview of the state feed control officials, so companies must comply with each state’s requirements. While most states follow AAFCO model regulations, exact language and interpretation may differ between states. While these documents offer guidance that are helpful in the vast majority of states, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure compliance with individual state requirements.
Did you know?
AAFCO does not regulate, test, approve or certify pet foods in any way.

AAFCO establishes the nutritional standards for complete and balanced pet foods, and it is the pet food company’s responsibility to formulate their products according to the appropriate AAFCO standard.

For more information, contact a member of our Account/Client Services Team.



Soil Sampling Supply Orders

Soil TestingSeptember is the time when Midwest Laboratorie Clients order their sampling supplies for soil sample collection.

Clients at Midwest Laboratories receive the following benefits:

Free Soil Bags for Clients  – We try to encourage soil samplers to order their bags in bulk and large order shipment requests are received and sent out the same day.

Reinforced Shipping Box. The new, BROWN boxes are reinforced to help guard against moisture and the weight of soil being shipped from fields to the laboratory. 

Shipping discounts: Return service labels make it very convenient for sending samples back to the lab. (Ground Service Available for packages up to 50 pounds for all carriers listed) For More information on these services, contact a service representative today.

Spee-Dee, $10.00 Available in NE, SD, ND, MN, IA, IL, WI – Will pickup at business and residential addresses. Schedule pickup on Midwest Labs Site
UPS – $10.50, Drop-off locations available in most cities
FedEX -$10.50 – Schedule pickup on Midwest Labs site, Free pickup available for residential and business adresses

New Account Process – New account setup takes 1-2 minutes and account is setup same day, during regular business hours 8.00am-5.00pm

Soil Probes – An inventory of soil probes is available for growers and retailers to purchase. Soil probes can be ordered online or by phone.

Other Sampling Supplies – Some growers and retailers also like to send analysis in for water- analysis, manure- analysis, seed – mold analysis (mycotoxins), stalk nitrate analysis. Supplies are available for these analysis too.

Clients can order supplies online or call-in and order their supplies by talking to a client service representative. If you have questions about soil sampling, check out this publication on soil sample collection.



Stalk Nitrate Testing is Here!

A number of growers find the information from this particular analysis very valuable. If you are unfamiliar with this type of test, consider watching the following video which gives instructions on how to take the sample. Also, if you need breathable sample bags, consider ordering your stalk nitrate bags from Midwest Laboratories. In 2015, we introduced a breathable plastic bag which helps growers manage the collection and shipping of stalks in a much more effective and economical way. You can place your stalk nitrate bag order right here if you have a Midwest Laboratories. Account.

If you want more information, check out the information regarding stalk nitrate bags.


New Midwest Laboratories Website

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We will be making some changes to our website for 2017 and I want to make sure clients have a chance to weigh-in with what they would like to see from a website experience.

Our new site will be bringing a lot more user functionality to Midwest Laboratories Clients in a way that is much more easier to navigate and execute actions.

Brent Pohlman | President

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