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Save Some Bread With These Tips

Save Some Bread With These Tips

Using day-old bread can help you stretch your food dollars. Some bakeries offer day-old bread at discounted prices. You might buy a few loaves because you found a great deal; unfortunately, you might get tired of it before you use all of it. What can you do with it?

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Homemade Salad in a Jar

Homemade Salad in a Jar

I would like to have salads more often for lunch, but the prepared ones are kind of expensive. They do not have my favorite ingredients, either. Do you have any ideas for me?

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2015 Annual Conference - Save the Date!

2015 Annual Conference - Save the Date!

May 12-13, 2015 Dakota Medical Foundation Event Center, Fargo, ND

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Winter Test Results for North Dakota Seed

Winter Test Results for North Dakota Seed

The North Dakota winter test results are now available. Certified seed is grown in Homestead, FL each year.

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Unbelievable Success Stories of Weed Control in Potatoes: Linex + Metribuzin

Unbelievable Success Stories of Weed Control in Potatoes: Linex + Metribuzin

My presentation at the Wild World of Weeds Workshop on linuron use in Russet Burbank potato. This research compared the tank mixture of linuron + metribuzin as a preemergence, 50% emergence, and postemergence weed control option and effect on plant growth and production. Application at 50% emergence had excellent weed control and generally the greatest marketable yield. Read and follow label directions for use of all herbicides.

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 Potato Scout School

Potato Scout School

The NDSU/U of M Potato Scout School will be held on February 19, 2015 from 12:30-4:00 pm at the Canad Inn in Grand Forks, ND. This event will provide training on potato diseases, insects, and weeds by the NDSU and University of Minnesota Potato Researchers and Extension Specialists. The focus of training will be to assist those who are new to the potato industry as well as help those who have been around for a while sharpen their skills in pest identification and crop management. Registration is required because seats are limited. There is no cost to this event because of generous sponsors.

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Potato Expo Poster - Residual effects of Rejuvenate on potato seed for stem management

Potato Expo Poster - Residual effects of Rejuvenate on potato seed for stem management

Research shows that stem number and tuber number are highly correlated. Physiologically old seed or varieties with many stems can have high tuber sets causing many undersized tubers. Altering the number of stems can be an effective way to control tuber set. Previous work demonstrated that 1-naphtheneacetic acid (NAA), Rejuvenate, treatments on seed can reduce stem number and increase tuber size and marketable yield. Grower practices vary greatly when treating seed. Some seed is fresh cut and planted without delay. Other seed is cut and stored for many weeks, allowing seed to suberize and providing flexibility for the planting schedule. In some cases, bad weather can delay planting. It is unknown what the effects of seed treated with NAA in storage has on stem number.

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Here's to Good Health in the New Year

Here's to Good Health in the New Year

Many people set goals for the New Year. Maybe you want to lose weight or get your finances in order. Making lifestyle changes can be challenging. Be sure to focus on simple steps so you have better chances for success.

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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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