Free webinars will be held every Wednesday from Feb. 22 to April 26.
A challenge fresh market potato producers have is to produce tubers free from blemishes, because consumers “buy with their eyes” as they naturally gravitate to tubers free from blemishes. Smooth-skinned tubers are especially vulnerable to blemishes. This project conducted a survey to determine the major blemish problems, determined the effects of various chemistries on blemishes, and evaluated the effects of blemishes on newer cultivars. The most prevalent blemishes were skin netting and external bruising. Some fungicides reduced black dot/silver scurf blemishes. Those that were most consistent were Emesto Silver, Quadris, Nubark Mancozeb + Moncot 70 DF and Maxim 4 FS.
Crystal Green is a struvite-based, registered fertilizer. Due to the citrate soluble properties of this mineral, nutrients are only released when in the presence of actively growing roots. Grower trials were conducted in 2015 and 2016 to evaluate the effectiveness of a struvite product, Crystal Green on irrigated Russet Burbank, Umatilla Russet, and Bannock Russet potatoes in Minnesota and North Dakota. In general, there was a positive response to Crystal Green when potatoes were grown in alkaline or acidic soils. Potatoes grown in neutral pH did not have a positive response to Crystal Green.
Alyssa Carlson, Graduate Research Assistant, NDSU
Bev Gravdahl, Project Coordinator
Allie Benson, R.D., L.R.D., Program Assistant
As we start a new year, many of us set goals. We might want to strengthen our muscles and heart with a more healthful diet and more physical activity. We might want to lose some weight. Maybe we want to save more money for the long term.
The NDSU Extension Service is launching a new program called "The Family Table".
FREE Webinar Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | 30 minutes 4:00 PM (ET), 3:00 PM (CT), 2:00 PM (MT), 1:00 PM (PT)
Holidays are a great time to gather family and friends. Holidays can be stressful times, too, as people try to squeeze in lots of extra activities in the same amount of time.
When the weather is cold, I just want to stay in my house and watch TV. I usually snack when I watch TV, and I often gain weight during the winter months. Do you have any ideas?
White mold is one of several important foliar diseases that potentially affect potato production due to reductions in tuber yield and increase disease management costs. This presentation will help potato growers and field managers in potato production regions understand how the fungus that cause white mold colonizes host substrates to initiate disease, infects healthy potato foliage, and is most efficiently managed. Environmental and host factors that affect disease spread and progression will be discussed. The rolls of sclerotia in overwintering of the pathogen, of apothecia and ascospores in disease spread, senescent host tissue for initial infection and how they all relate to disease management will be presented. By the end of the presentation, those that listen will know more about the epidemiology of white mold and will be well equipped to manage the disease.
Michelle Draxten, MPH, RD, Public Health Nutritionist, Fargo Cass Public Health
Bev Gravdahl, Project Coordinator
Allie Benson, R.D., L.R.D., Program Assistant and Stacy Wang, R.D., L.R.D, Extension Associate