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Air Temperature Inversions

Air Temperature Inversions Causes, Characteristics and Potential Effects on Pesticide Spray Drift - AE1705

Temperature inversions are micro-climatic events that can significantly contribute to off target movement of pesticides. This publication explains in detail: what they are, why they develop, how they are impacted by land condition, how to identify them, how to measure them, and how to minimize their impact on pesticide applications. Professional applicators, private applicators using pesticides on their farm or ranch, state and federal regulators, pesticide safety educators, researchers, and industry should benefit from the comprehensive explanations found in AE1705.

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Nitrogen Behavior In the Environment (NM1299 )

Manure and commercial fertilizers contain nutrients essential for plant growth. Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are the most critical of these nutrients. This publication outlines some basic information about nitrogen and its interaction in the environment.

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Phosphorus Behavior In the Environment (NM1298)

Manure and commercial fertilizers contain nutrients essential for plant growth. Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are the most critical of these nutrients. This publication outlines some basic information about phosphorus and its interaction in the environment.

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Environmental Implications of Excess Fertilizer and Manure on Water Quality (NM1281 )

When nutrients and other pollutants associated with animal manures and commercial fertilizers are not managed properly, they can affect plant and animal life (including humans) negatively. Some of these impacts include algae blooms causing the depletion of oxygen in surface waters, pathogens and nitrates in drinking water, and the emission of odors and gases into the air.

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Determining Pasture Rental Rates (R1823)

Livestock producers and land owners have asked for a simple and fair method to determine pasture rental rates. This tends to be a difficult question to answer as prices can vary from region to region due to market demand and supply. However, several methods are available to computing a pasture rental rate. These methods will be described in this publication with examples.

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Animal Carcass Disposal Options Rendering • Incineration • Burial • Composting NM1422 (Revised)

This publication serves as a reference for producers regarding options of carcass disposal.

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Baseline Water Quality in Areas of Oil Development (WQ1614 (Revised))

This publication describes private water supply protection in oil development areas and legal implications and what tests are needed for legal protection.

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What’s Wrong With My Water? Choosing the Right Test (WQ1352 (Revised)

This is a quick guide to problems and solutions in drinking water.

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Drinking Water Quality: Testing and Interpreting Your Results (WQ1341 (Revised))

This publication will help people test private drinking water supplies and interpret results.

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Prairie Reconstruction Guidebook for North Dakota (R1840)

This guidebook will focus on prairie reconstruction defined as the planing of a native seed mixture composed of multiple prairie species in an area where the land has been cultivated or anthropogenically disturbed. Reconstructing prairies on form cultivated ares provides opportunities to create sustainable and resilient grassland cover.

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Selecting Spray Nozzles to Reduce Particle Drift (AE1246)

This technical bulletin provides characteristics of various nozzles to enable the efficacious application of pesticides and to minimize particle movement to no-target organisms and soil.

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Irrigation Water Sample Analysis (AE1360 )

The NDSU Soil and Water Testing Laboratory has been making soil-water compatibility recommendations since the early 1960s. These recommendations are based on the electrical conductivity (EC) and sodium adsorption ratio (SAR) determined on the irrigation water and the soil series present on the land to be irrigated.

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How to for Assess Nitrogen Problems in Water Resources (AE1217)

Over the years, scientists have come to realize that accurately predicting nitrogen (N) problems in water resources depends on knowledge of the interaction among many factors. It is a complicated process that we have not yet mastered, but we do know that some factors consistently exert significant control over the processes that affect N mobility, availability, and accessibility. Determining the value of these factors and combining those values into a single value assigned to a specific geographic area is the basis for assessment.

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Water Quality and Nitrogen (AE1216)

Monitoring studies conducted at national and state levels show that nitrogen (N) concentrations in groundwater exceed health standards more often than other common contaminants, such as pesticides.

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Working to Avoid Nitrogen Contamination (AE1218)

Activities of human beings have changed the balance of nitrogen (N) on the planet. Burning fossil fuels for energy, intensive use of land to grow food, and disposal of organic wastes have an effect on the N cycle. Studying the influence of our activities on the N cycle helps us understand the consequences of changing the balance of N in the environment.

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Protecting Groundwater from Pesticide Contamination (AE1197)

The North Dakota State Management Plan for Pesticides and Groundwater outlines the strategy to prevent degradation of groundwater by pesticides while protecting the beneficial uses of pesticides. The plan follows guidelines outlined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is approved by the agencies with roles in the plan. EPA requires states to have this plan as well as approved management plans for each pesticide the EPA determines to be a contamination threat to groundwater.

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Environmental Impacts of Brine (Produced Water) (R1850)

Brine, or produced water, is a byproduct of oil and gas production. It consists of water from the geologic formation, injection water, oil and salts. Brine has a high salt concentration, and the ions of the salts negatively affect the site's soil and vegetation, impairing its ability to produce crops and forage. The goal of brine spill remediation is to remove or minimize salts in the soil.

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Range and Forage Production Sample Kits (R1838)

This publication is guide to help determine forage production of range, pasture and other grazing resources. Once forage production for a grazing resource has been determined, carrying capacity and stocking rate can be calculated.

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Liquid Level or Depth Marker for Earthen Runoff Ponds (NM1514)

A properly functioning liquid level marker enables the producer to easily determine the storage capacity of pond, make management decisions and record storage conditions of the pond during regular inspections.

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Strategies for Managing Drought in the Northern Plains (R1819)

The purpose of this drought response plant is 1) to describe the drought indicators and response triggers that will be used to determine if drought response actions are needed and 2) to provide land owners and managers a range of management options that will allow for a flexible and rapid response to drought.

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