This time of year when growers are looking for fields to plant potatoes, knowing the previous herbicides can determine if a potato crop can be planted in that field. Herbicide persistence into the next growing season can restrict potato production. It is easy to send a soil sample to a laboratory and have it tested for herbicide carryover in the soil. When the results come back I often get asked what does “x” parts per billion (ppb) mean?
A report from a one-year study of Rejuvenate that was completed at Inkster, ND in 2013. Rejuvenate is a product that can help to reduce stem number on seed tubers. In this study the untreated averaged 3.1 stems per tuber and Rejuvenate reduced this to 2.6 at the higher rate showing promise for controlling stem number when they are too large.
As spring approaches many people are interested in growing potatoes in their garden. Below are links to some Extension publications and books on growing potatoes in the garden.
As spring approaches many people are interested in growing potatoes in their garden. Below are links to some Extension publications and books on growing potatoes in the garden. Please contact me (on the right of the page) if you have further questions.
As the green grass begins to pop up outdoors, we often feel energized to do some projects. After a long winter, tackling a "spring cleaning" of our refrigerators and kitchen cupboards might be a good place to start.
Some of my friends are talking about gardening. I would like to try gardening with my kids, but I don't know where to begin. Can you help?
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP): Empowering Families and Youth to Lead Healthier Lives
The NDSU Extension Service offers the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) to North Dakota families at risk for food insecurity. EFNEP focuses on working with limited resource adults with children in the household and youth from homes with limited resources. Here is a summary of the impacts EFNEP made in North Dakota in 2013.
The NDSU Extension Service offers SNAP-Ed through the Family Nutrition Program (FNP) to individuals who are recipients of or eligible for SNAP benefits. Through a series of lessons or one-time programs, FNP educators use evidence-based content to teach participants nutrition-related knowledge and skills. Here is a summary of the impacts FNP made in North Dakota in 2013.
Some of the presentations from the potato section at the International Crop Expo in Grand Forks, ND are now available.
Minnesota pesticide applicators licensed in Categories A and O and who became licensed in O: Soil Fumigation for the first time in 2013 need to attend an MDA approved recertification work- shop in 2014. MDA requires attendance at an approved O: Soil Fumigation recertification workshop once every two (2) years starting the year following the year of initial license in Category O. Attendance fulfills the recertification requirement in Categories A and O by licensed commercial and noncommercial pesticide applicators.
Most of the presentations given at the February 18 NPPGA Research Reporting Conference are available. Topics include potato entomology, skin set, sugars, breeding, pathology, agronomy, and fertility.
Do you and your family members eat enough fruits and veggies for good health? Most people need 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fruits and 2 1/2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day to meet the recommendations. Enjoy the taste of eating right during March, National Nutrition Month. Include a rainbow of fruits and vegetables on your menus. They're rich in vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants that promote good health.