Freeze puts hit on crop quality

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The hard freeze that struck Iowa last week caused the percentage of Iowa’s corn and soybean crops rated good to excellent to decline slightly, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday. “Parts of Iowa received a hard freeze this week with frost reported over most of the state,” the USDA reported. Farmers said Monday they…


How to Freeze Dry Calla Lilies

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There are several ways to preserve flowers for future enjoyment including air drying, pressing, using desiccants, microwaving and freeze drying. Of these methods, freeze drying flowers creates the most realistic final effect. The process of freeze drying involves placing flowers into a freeze drier which lowers the temperature below freezing, while simultaneously removing the moisture…


How to Freeze-Dry Calla Lillies

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Preserve calla lilies by freeze-drying the flowers. This involves placing them in a freeze drier at a temperature below freezing. The freeze dryer will remove the moisture from the flower. Freeze dryers are expensive and are typically used by floral professionals, but if you have access to one, you can freeze-dry the calla lilies to…


Morning markets: grain futures freeze as Bernanke talk nears

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Most assets had one reason to be cautious – the speech by Ben Bernanke, the head of the US Federal Reserve, on which investors are pinning hopes of measures to get the world’s top economy back on its feet. Or even its knees. "Atlas’ weight on Bernanke," was how Standard Chartered trailed the speech, adding…


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