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Here are the latest publications from NDSU Extension.

Sunflower Production Guide

The sunflower production guide provides agricultural producers, consultants and others in the ag-industry with production information. There are sections about agronomy, insect, weed and disease management, harvesting, storage and marketing.

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North Dakota Weed Control Guide

The information in this guide provides a summary of herbicide uses in crops grown in North Dakota and is based on federal and state herbicide labels, research at ND Ag. Experiment Stations, and information from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

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MyPlate Plans for Adults

This chart was designed to provide an estimate of daily food needs based on the recommendations for an average-sized adult at www.choosemyplate.gov. On the following chart, find your gender, age to the nearest 10 years and activity level. Mark the row with your plan. Visit www.choosemyplate.gov for more information.

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Bull Management After the Sale

This publication will offer management tips to producers purchasing young bulls to add to their herd as sires. Included practices are biosecurity, animal health, cattle management and nutrition.

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Cyanobacteria Poisoning (Blue-green Algae)

Drinking water from stagnant ponds and dugouts during hot, dry weather can cause sudden death in animals. This water can contain certain species of cyanobacteria (glue-green algae) are toxic. Cyanobacteria produce neuro and liver toxins that are poisonous to nearly all livestock, wildlife and humans.

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Tree Planting in North Dakota

This publication describes proper methods of tree planting and advantages/disadvantages of different types of nursery stock. Common mistakes and misperceptions are discussed, as well as post-planting care.

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Grandparenting in Unique Circumstances

Grandparents occurs in a variety of unique circumstances, including situations of divorce, immigration, blended families or other contexts. This bulletin explores grandparenting in unique circumstances and how grandparents can navigate family transitions, in-law relationships, and other family situations.

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When Grandparents Become Parents to Their Grandchildren

Millions of family relatives, particularly grandparents, become “parents the second time around” when parents experience difficulties and children need care. Grandparents in this situation need answers regarding concerns they may face, insight into feelings and experiences in their role as parent to a grandchild, and support in finding sources of strength for themselves and the grandchildren in their care.

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Livestock Water Requirements

Water is an important, but often overlooked, nutrient. Livestock water requirements are affected by many factors including, size, productivity, diet and environmental conditions. Limited access or reduced water consumption can result in dehydration, which can be fatal to livestock.

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Common Natural Enemies of Insect Pests

This publication describes the most common natural enemies of insect pests that are found in field crops and gardens. Pictures of each natural enemy are provided for assistance with identification. Predators, parasitoids and entomopathogenic fungi and viral diseases are covered.

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What is Soil Acidity?

Low pH or soil acidity affects nutrient availability, microbial activity as well as plant growth. This publication covers a definition of soil acidity, causes of soil acidity, effect on soil nutrients and crops, and how to identify this issue.

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Soybean Trade Report: Trend and Risk Analysis

Trends and the descriptive statistics are useful to producers in identifying variations in demand for soybeans and their products. For decision makers, this information is helpful in the development of risk management tools for potential export losses due to risky events like politically driven tariffs and uncertain events.

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Livestock Water Quality

Water is an important, but often overlooked, nutrient. Livestock water requirements are affected by many factors, including size, productivity, diet and environmental conditions. Good water quality and cleanliness can increase water intake and improve livestock production.

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Financial Values, Attitudes and Goals

Your goals start as a dream, but with financial planning, determination and communication, you can make them a reality. This publication provides information and activities for goal setting so you can get what you really want out of life.

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To Buy or Rent? The Choice

Owning your own home no longer may be a practical possibility for many lower- and middle-income Americans. Real estate prices have risen nearly out of reach for many, and the investment benefits of home ownership have diminished. For many people, renting has become increasingly popular as the preferred housing choice in the 21st century. Whether you choose to rent or buy, housing is the single largest budget item for most families.

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North Dakota Fresh Market Potato Cultivar/Selection Trial Results for 2020

Potato cultivars or selections included in this report were selected from recently released cultivars, advancing selections with release potential (numbered lines progressing through the trial process), or cultivars that are new to the U.S. Standard potato cultivars used by growers served as checks. The agronomic data presented in Tables 1 and 2 were analyzed statistically. These analyses allow the reader to ascertain, at a predetermined level of confidence, if the differences observed among cultivars/selections are reliable, or if they might be due to error inherent in the experimental process.

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