IMPORTANT SITES AND CURRENT TOPICS OF INTEREST
MSU Extension Main Campus Portal - http://www.msue.msu.edu
4-H Project Bulletins - http://www.msue.msu.edu/cyf/youth/guide4h/#Publications
MSU "Ask An Expert" (FREE): http://expert.msue.msu.edu/
On Line GARDENING Resources: http://mg.msue.msu.edu/mg/on_line_resources
Pesticide Ed/Certification - http://www.pested.msu.edu/
Asian Ladybugs - http://www.ipm.msu.edu/asianladybeetle.htm
Emerald Ash Borer - http://www.emeraldashborer.info/
Turf Fact Sheets - http://turf.msu.edu
Weed Facts - www.msuturfweeds.net
USDA Plant Database - plants.usda.gov/
WATER QUALITY/HOUSEHOLDHAZARDOUS WASTE INFORMATION - www.portal.msue.msu.edu/portal/default.cfm?pageset_id=273208&page_id=106067&msue_portal_id=25643
County of Houghton - http://www.houghtoncounty.net
Copper Country Info (quite extensive) - http://www.coppercountry.com
Copper Harbor Info - http://www.copperharbor.org
Houghton County Airport - http://www.houghtoncounty.org
John Dee Weather - http://www.johndee.com
Keweenaw Now! - http://www.keweenawnow.com
Michigan Technological University - http://www.mtu.edu
Copper Country ISD - www.copperisd.org
New Soil Test Procedure: (April 1, 2012)
Soil Sampling Information April 2012 MSU Extension Houghton-Keweenaw County
1500 Birch St., Hancock, MI 49930
· MSU recommends a minimum of 1 sample per 20 acres, more if known differences exist in soil type or management history.
· Using a soil probe, spade or trowel, and a clean plastic pail, sample in a zigzag fashion throughout a uniform area.
· Take a representative sampling of the soil in the area you are testing, 15-20 subsamples are recommended for a 20-acre field, at least 6-8 for a small plot.
· Sampling depths are as follows:
· Field Soils – 8 inches
· Garden Soils – 6 to 8 inches
· Lawn – 3 inches below turf
· Combine all samples into the plastic pail and mix thoroughly. Fill a soil sample box with the sample, or package about a pint of soil. If soil is wet, spread it on paper and allow to air dry overnight. Do not heat the soil.
· Fill out an information form and send it in with the soil sample to the soil testing lab.
Home Gardener Samples
Vegetable Gardens and Lawns: Pick up a self-mailer available from the MSU Extension Office located at 1500 Birch Street in Hancock). Cost is $20 each. We have a very limited supply of self-mailers in stock.
Beginning April 15, 2012, the NEW Home Yard and Garden Soil Test Mailer can be used to process any type of home soil sample (lawn, vegetable garden, tree, shrub, flower, and tree/small fruit) and will be available through the MSUE Bookstore www.bookstore.msue.msu.edu, search for the mailer using SKU #: E3154. Cost is $25 each.
Commercial Samples (i.e. farmers, wildlife plots, septage)
Pick up a soil test box and information form from the MSU Extension Office (above address). Cost is $12 each. Client is responsible for mailing sample to the soil testing lab at Michigan State University.
When will I receive the results?
You will receive an e-mail within 10 days after your sample is received at the MSU Soil Nutrient and Plant Lab letting you know your results are available at MSUSOILTEST.com. If you submit your sample without an e-mail address, it may take slightly longer for you to receive your results in the mail.