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Planting tips

Planting tips

As the long winter ends and we begin a new growing season, here’s a few items to help you with planting. A couple of years ago I published a planting rate/seed calculator. This table can be viewed and downloaded from the NDSU / U of M Potato Extension website www.ag.ndsu.edu/potatoextension.

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Scout School weeds and herbicides

Scout School weeds and herbicides

This is information on common weeds in potato production in ND and MN. The presentation covers injury symptoms on potatoes from various chemistries. Crop rotation restriction for potato and herbicide efficacy for potato is also available.

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Blightline June 1, 2018

Blightline June 1, 2018

Welcome to the first NDSU Potato Blightline for 2018 sponsored by Syngenta Crop Protection. We are up and running for the 24th consecutive year of operation. The Blightline includes disease forecasting and control recommendations for late blight and early blight, and other potato disease and insect information on a local and national basis. The Blightline is updated weekly, or more often if late blight is present, through mid-September. Information and recommendations are available anytime through the toll free number 1.888.482.7286 and the NDSU Potato Late Blightline at www.ndawn.ndsu.nodak.edu. On the website, click on applications, select potato, and choose late blight. There is also a link there to the NDSU Plant Pathology Late Blight website at this site. The NDAWN website for potato disease forecasting uses both tabular data and colored maps of ND and western MN to illustrate quickly the late blight severity values (both two day and seasonal) and favorable day values, and P-day values for early blight throughout ND.

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Potato Seed Calculation

Potato Seed Calculation

A pertinent subject for the season is calculating planting rates. Here is a table that can help you calculate the amount of potato seed needed to plant at different row widths, within-row spacing, and by seed piece size. Formulas are available in the tables to enable to user to put their own numbers in if the preset numbers do not accurately represent planting on your farm.

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NDAWN Potato Blight App tutorial

NDAWN Potato Blight App tutorial

This tutorial will walk you through how to use the NDAWN Potato Blight app. This app is available for free at the iTunes or Google Play stores by searching "NDAWN Potato Blight" or going to z.umn.edu/potatoapp.

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Non-irrigated Red Norland Crop Budget

Non-irrigated Red Norland Crop Budget

The data generated here was taken from feedback from a small group of potato growers and local grower cooperatives and operating costs from other Extension publications. The non-irrigated budget provides a generalized budged of a model farm and does not represent any single potato growing operation. This budget is only intended to be used as a guide, because there is great variation amongst potato farms.

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MN Area II Potato Growers 27th Annaul Educational Workshop

MN Area II Potato Growers 27th Annaul Educational Workshop

The MN Area II Short Course will be held at Jack and Jim's Event Center Duelm, Minnesota on February 27, 2018. Speakers feature Dr. Gary Secor (NDSU), Ryan Krabil (Potatoes USA), Dr. Laura Shannon (U of M), Dr. Carl Rosen (U of M), Dr. Ian MacRae (U of M), Dr. Susie Thompson (U of M) and Dr. Andy Robinson (NDSU/U of M).

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Physiological Disorders of Potatoes

Physiological Disorders of Potatoes

This presentation shows many physiological disorders of potatoes. These disorders can cause minor or major losses in tuber quality. They can be difficult to identify and replicate. This presentation was given at the 2018 Manitoba Potato Production Days meeting in Brandon, MB. Enjoy!

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NDSU/U of M Potato Scout School

NDSU/U of M Potato Scout School

The NDSU / U of M International Potato Scout School will be held on February 22, 2018 from 12:30 to 5:00pm at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND. Come and learn about pathogens, insects, weeds, and physiological disorders of potato.

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International Crop Expo Potato meetings

International Crop Expo Potato meetings

Here is the information for the International Crop Expo potato meetings on February 21-22, 2018. The meetings will be held at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND.

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