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Sanitation for Bacterial Ring Rot

Sanitation for Bacterial Ring Rot

This presentation will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners in potato producing areas throughout the U.S. implement proper sanitation and disinfectant procedures for bacterial ring rot, a zero tolerance disease in the seed potato industry. Periodic outbreaks of this disease require vigilant testing and sanitation to prevent and manage additional spread and infection. This presentation explains how the Cms bacteria survive, proper disinfection procedures to prevent ring rot, suggestions for cleaning facilities and equipment if you have ring rot, and characteristics of frequently used disinfectants. By the end of this presentation, practitioners and potato growers should understand proper sanitation and disinfection procedures to reduce the risk of bacterial ring rot in potato operations and farms.

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Internal Physiological Disorders: Internal Heat Necrosis and Blackheart

Internal Physiological Disorders: Internal Heat Necrosis and Blackheart

Internal physiological disorders reduce the quality and marketability of potatoes. They are not caused by pathogens, rather physiological typically caused by the environmental conditions. Every few years, a plethora of potatoes exhibit internal heat necrosis and blackheart in the Red River Valley. This Extension bulletin discusses management strategies and show what the results of these physiological internal disorder can look like.

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Update on Potato Sprout Control

Update on Potato Sprout Control

A new Focus on Potato: Update on Potato Sprout Control by Dr. Nora Olsen, University of Idaho. This presentation will update growers and industry personnel in the US on potato sprout control options. Specifically, advances in technology, development of new products and formulations, and coordination of control programs have allowed flexibility and fine-tuning of sprout control in the industry. Variety differences, storage management practices, and consumer expectations have necessitated an integration of ways to minimize sprout development in storage, through the cold chain, and/or in retail displays. General background and specific program options will be discussed. Information provided will help in the development of an individualized integrated program based upon variety, storage conditions, and market.

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Have a Healthy Holiday!

Have a Healthy Holiday!

Spending time with family and friends and enjoying special food is part of most holiday celebrations. However, you may leave the gathering thinking you ate too much. If you are planning any holiday gatherings, try these tips to keep your holidays festive and also focused on good health.

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Holiday Budgeting: Solved!

Holiday Budgeting: Solved!

I get stressed about buying holiday gifts and foods. What can I do?

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NFPT 2014 Clone Pictures

NFPT 2014 Clone Pictures

Pictures of the potato clones from the National Fry Processing Trial held in East Grand Forks, MN. The purpose of the national variety trial program is to identifying new potato clones suitable for french fry processing. The varieties are from breeding programs throughout the United States and they were grown in Washington, Idaho, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Maine this past year.

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Legislative Update - Fall 2014

Legislative Update - Fall 2014

Here are a few interesting nutrition-related bills that have been introduced in the United States House and Senate. These Bills can be followed at www.congress.gov/.

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The Contributions of Pesticides to Pest Management in Meeting the Global Need for Food Production by 2050

The Contributions of Pesticides to Pest Management in Meeting the Global Need for Food Production by 2050

A new paper that considers the growing population and how pesticides can help meet the need for food production by 2050. Along with better pest management, pesticides have led to the development of improved agronomic practices such as no till, conservation tillage, higher plant densities, increased yields, and the efficient use of water and nutrients. When applied in safe, smart ways, pesticides lead to more sustainable agriculture. The authors cite many statistics and specific examples. They point out that more than 800 million people in the world are food insecure today and that the amount of crop yield lost yearly to pests can run upwards of 30%. But they are optimistic about developments occurring around the globe to minimize this loss. When pesticides are effectively applied and fully integrated into a comprehensive approach, the world will be on its way to providing sustenance for the 9 billion humans on earth in 2050.

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US Seed Potato Acres Increased 3.8%

US Seed Potato Acres Increased 3.8%

US potato seed acres saw in increase in 2014. The largest increase was in North Dakota, Colorado, and Oregon.

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Healthy Snacking Made Easy

Healthy Snacking Made Easy

Having healthy snacks available does not take a lot of time. It just requires a bit of planning for nutritious food options when you’re on the go.

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"Cook Without Looking" Try a Slow Cooker!

"Cook Without Looking" Try a Slow Cooker!

Wouldn't it be nice to be greeted by the aroma of a steaming pot of homemade soup, stew, chili, or chicken fajitas (this month's recipe) at the end of a busy day? You just need to do a little work in advance and use a slow cooker.

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How to Get More Food for Your Dollar

How to Get More Food for Your Dollar

I'm always looking for ways to get more for my money at the grocery store. Do you have any ideas for me?

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